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ITS Hosting Microsoft Teams Open Lab Events as Skype for Business Phases Out

Making GIFs in Teams.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2020) On Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m., University of Kentucky Information Technology Services (ITS) will host 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 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.

All UK students are free to use Microsoft Teams by visiting and clicking Teams. Students 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 (including GIFs), 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 by searching “Teams.”

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