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Office 365 - Skype for Business

Skype for Business Retirement

Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Teams will replace Skype for Business as the collaboration, chat, calling and meeting platform for Office 365. To make sure this switch doesn’t take Skype for Business users by surprise, OIT will proactively switch campus Skype for Business users to Teams-only mode on Tuesday, March 3, in order to minimize disruption. Users in Teams Only migration mode will have the following experience:

  • Chat in Teams with Skype for Business users in other organizations, even if the external users are not yet licensed for Teams
  • Participate in audio/video calls from internal and external Skype for Business users in Teams
  • Continue to join Skype meetings and view old chat history using the Skype client
  • Presence status is only shown from the Microsoft Teams client, making for a more accurate view of your teammates status
  • Both parties in a chat will see indication that user is using either Teams or Skype.
  • Chat with users on the Skype Consumer platform

Skype Resources

If you still need to use Skype for Business, please refer to the resources below. If you're unsure of what to do and want to learn more, email us at

Skype for Business for Desktop

Skype for Business desktop application is available for both Windows and Mac operating systems (Linux users must use a third-party application). Reference the links below to download and set up:

Skype on Mobile Devices

An application is available for both Apple iOS (on both iPhone and iPad) and Android operating systems. Reference the links below to download and set up Skype:


CU Boulder is committed to providing help information and assistance with campus services for all users, including those with accessibility concerns. Skype for Business accessibility considerations, information for content creators, alternatives/workarounds, and more can be found on the Accessibility page.