Migrating from Skype for Business

Effective August 22, 2022, Skype for Business will no longer be supported by TWU for University accounts. Additional communications to support the migration will be sent out regularly to help prepare for this change.  Microsoft ended support for the product as of July 31, 2021.

Previous Skype content will be migrated to Microsoft Teams for use and enhanced collaboration capabilities. In addition, there are many additional University-supported solutions to meet the collaboration needs of our Skype for Business users and we encourage you to explore these solutions to prepare for TWU Skype for Business End of Life. For your migration preparation please review the educational content for these recommended solutions provided below:
Which software to use in place of Skype for Business?
Skype Previous Usage Future Use Solution
Instructional-related classes, meetings, or gatherings Zoom in Canvas*
Work or research-related collaboration (Chat, Call, Screen Sharing etc...) Teams
Phone calls RingCentral Phones
Large Group Webinar (more than 300 attendees) Zoom Webinar

*Zoom is the University-approved solution for virtual instruction in concert with the Canvas Learning Management system.

While there are additional "University approved" solutions for most of these examples, these are the solutions that IT Solutions recommends and supports.


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