Microsoft has announced Skype for Business will be retired and will no longer be supported, the replacement is Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams extends our online collaboration capabilities, bringing together instant message, web conferencing, and file storage into a single interface.
All Seton Hall students, faculty, and staff already have a Teams account. Users can use the same login information for Teams as they do for PirateNet, Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
Microsoft Teams also includes the audio conferencing feature for hosting meetings via phone. People can call in to Teams meetings using a phone, instead of using the Teams app on a mobile device or PC. All employees will receive their Audio PIN via email. The audio PIN is required when hosting audio conferences. Click here to learn more about audio conferencing in Teams.
Training for Microsoft Teams is available by registering for a workshop. Sessions will be held throughout the Spring 2020 semester. One-on-one, group, and department training sessions can also be scheduled. Learn more about scheduling a workshop here.
All Seton Hall students, faculty, and staff have received an email containing their unique conference phone number and PIN. If you were previously using audio conferencing in Skype for Business the information will not change. The phone number and PIN will be added to any Microsoft Teams meeting you create.
Differences between Skype and Teams
- An IM in Skype for Business is called a chat in Teams. In Teams, you can add emojis, GIFs, and memes and even convert a chat into an audio or video call. In addition, Teams offers persistent chat, so you can find and resume any conversation.
- Just like Skype for Business, Teams can also serve as your office phone. From one-click speed dialing to a standard dial pad to accessing voicemail, Teams offers all of your calling needs at your fingertips.
- Like Skype for Business, you can schedule and host online meetings in Teams, as well as manage chat and people from your meeting window. Even better, meetings are part of your Teams interface, keeping all contacts, conversations, calls, and meetings in one place.
- Try Teams on the go! Sign in to Teams on your mobile device to chat, call, join meetings, and more, wherever you are.
Changes to Skype for Business
- Skype for Business client will be disabled for use as all chat and calls will go to Teams. This client will continue to be used for previously scheduled Skype for Business meetings.
- Any Skype for Business meetings scheduled before the upgrade will work as designed, but all new meetings will be scheduled in Teams.
- If users attempt to sign in to Skype for Business, they’ll get a notification from that they’ve been upgraded to Teams.
- Users will need to manually uninstall the Skype for Business client on their mobile device.
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