Michigan Medicine’s instance of Skype for Business (SfB) will be retired on March 31. This planned retirement is happening in conjunction with the rollout of Microsoft Teams – which is now our preferred tool for business-related (non-clinical) communication and collaboration, including chat.
- Effective immediately – no new Persistent Chat groups can be created, nor can members be added or updated.
- Starting March 31, any meetings scheduled using SfB will no longer work.
What you may need to do:
If you have scheduled SfB meetings in your Outlook Calendar, you should either recreate them in Teams by selecting the “New Teams Meeting” button or updating them to use Teams before March 31.
If you or your colleagues are using an SfB Persistent Chat group (set up specifically to maintain an ongoing record of group conversations over time), consider these alternatives:
- For regular “business” communication, set up a new conversation thread in Microsoft Teams – either as a Chat, a Channel (within a Team), or a Team.
- For patient care-focused chats, use MiChart – Hyperspace Secure Chat.
Other things you should know:
There is no way to migrate existing Skype for Business content (including Persistent Chats) into Teams or Hyperspace Chat.
For questions or support, visit the Michigan Medicine Help Center.