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As Skype for Business Phases Out at UK, Learn More About Microsoft Teams in ITS Open Lab Events

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2020) On Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m., University of Kentucky Information Technology Services (ITS) will be hosting a Microsoft Teams Open Lab event via Teams. This event will be the first in a monthly series where students, faculty and staff can join to learn more about Teams and ask questions. All those interested in attending can RSVP on the ITS website event calendar.

These events are meant to inform about features in Teams and allow a space where customers can learn from experts as well as each other. Due to increased online learning and remote work, Microsoft Teams comes highly recommended for calls, meetings, chat, file sharing and more. For UK students, faculty and staff who commonly use Skype for Business, adoption of Teams is especially important. On July 9, 2021, Skype for Business will be decommissioned at UK as a result of Microsoft announcing the retirement of the platform, transitioning to supporting only Teams.

The retirement of Skype for Business at UK means that all customers who use Skype as their default work phone line or meeting tool will need to formally migrate to Teams before July 9, 2021. To do that, please email ITSaboutYou@uky.edu with your name and linkblue. If you would like to migrate your entire team or department, please attach a comma separated file (.csv) including first name, last name, and linkblue. By migrating to Microsoft Teams, customers can perform all their previous functions in Skype for Business (e.g. join video and audio meetings, make calls and chat) via Teams. More information on this transition is available at Skype For Business To Microsoft Teams Migration FAQ in the Tech Help Center.

All UK students, faculty and staff are free to use Microsoft Teams by visiting office365.uky.edu and clicking Teams. Customers have the option of both a web version and to download the Teams app. Teams offers a rich online collaboration environment complete with persistent chat, the ability to create Teams with multiple channels, share and collaborate on files, make calls, hold video meetings and seminars and many more. Additionally, more resources are available at Microsoft’s Teams training site and at techhelpcenter.uky.edu by searching “Teams.”

Follow ITS on social media to find out more about Teams tips, trainings and events or visit www.uky.edu/its/jointheteam.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.