Microsoft to Retire Skype for Business Online

As of July 21st, 2021, Microsoft will retire its communications tool, Skype for Business Online. Furthermore, University IT recommends users utilize Microsoft Teams for instant messaging, voice, video calls, and online meetings with other internal University or Medical Center users.

For more extensive group video conferencing with internal and external participants, we recommend the use of Zoom.


Please Note: This will not impact URMC users using URMC’s dedicated Skype server.

When to Use Teams vs. Zoom?

There are several different reasons why users should become familiar with these applications. You can learn the different features, and compare the two by visiting our Teams vs. Zoom page.

Additional Resources

Zoom FAQ

Microsoft Teams FAQ