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
  • August 1 2022: Complete license upgrades implementation
  • October 1, 2022: Cloud Infrastructure in place
  • 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 17, 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.
  • Review the MS Teams Phone Buying Guide
  • 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. This is a campus requirement for life safety.
  • 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).
Plan to attend one of the Microsoft Teams Hardware Showcases in DCL L410
  • Friday, Sept. 30. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 21. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 2. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come visit us to see some of the recommended hardware (listed below) and get your questions answered! You may want to review the Teams VoIP Supported Devices and Equipment KnowledgeBase article prior to the showcase.


  • Yealink CP965
  • Yealink MP58
  • Yealink MP56
  • Yealink MP54
  • Yealink MP50


  • Jabra Speak 750 puck
  • Jabra Evolve2 40 headset
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 headset
  • Jabra Evolve2 75 headset
  • Jabra Panacast 20 video camera
  • Logitech hardware

Training Services Opportunities

Beginner’s Guide to Teams

Microsoft Teams is a communications platform available through MS Office 365. During this one-hour live online workshop, we will focus on the Teams experience from a team member’s perspective. Topics will include learning how to navigate the Teams environment; communicating with others in Teams (including chat); setting and managing notifications of Team activity; and sharing files and notes.  The target audience for this workshop is beginners and those new to Teams.

  • Tuesday, October 11. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Register
  • Thursday, November 10. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Register

Create Your First Team with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a communications and collaboration platform available through MS Office 365. During this new one-hour live ONLINE workshop we will focus on creating a new team. Topics will include choosing a team type, access level, and configuration of the team for channels, files and apps. We will also discuss the team owner roles and privileges. The target audience for this workshop is beginners and those new to Teams.

  • Tuesday, October 18 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Register
  • Wednesday, 11/16. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Register

A number of Microsoft-hosted video trainings are available in Media Space.

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

Need more help? Contact our Help Desk!