Microsoft Teams Transition Project

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The Microsoft Teams Transition Project is a multi-year, cross-campus effort to transition our university from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams as the primary phone communication tool. This is in response to Microsoft’s 2021 announcement that it will no longer support Skype for Business. The change will go into full effect by May 2023.

About the Project

With the retirement of Skype for Business, a new phone communication tool is necessary. Teams offers a number of features that will benefit faculty and staff. Examples include:

  • Persistent chat between channels, teams, and individuals
  • Improved calling and video conferencing capabilities
  • Cloud recording
  • Video customizations
  • Full integration with the Office 365 suite
  • October 15, 2021: Caffeine Break presentation
  • November 2021: Initial license upgrades purchase (Complete)
  • May 1, 2022: Cloud Infrastructure in place
  • August 1 2022: Complete license upgrades implementation
  • August 31, 2022: Teams Client install deadline
  • February 1, 2023: Hardware Phones replacement deadline
  • February 6, 2023: Pre-production pilot kick-off
  • April 10, 2023: Response groups no-change data
  • April 24, 2023: Early adopter kick-off
  • May 7, 2023: Go live kick-off
  • Some units may have equipment changes or a shift to no longer using physical phones.
  • The deadline for updating phone equipment is February 2023.
  • View the list of phones and devices compatible with Teams
    • This list also includes information about which devices are not compatible and may need to be replaced.
    • Teams Certified devices will pass E911 data to public safety. Terms compatible devices may not pass that information.
  • Skype phone numbers will remain the same for Teams
  • The Unified Communications Phone Inventory App allows campus units to identify the phone devices currently in use which will no longer function after the transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. Please note this link is only accessible from Campus IPs (VPN included).

The Microsoft Teams video archive houses videos from our events, training sessions, and more.

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