Know the rules
All NAU employees and students should read and be familiar with the Appropriate Use of IT Resources policy.
NAU’s preferred collaboration tool
As a part of NAU’s license with Microsoft 365, all current students, faculty, and staff can utilize this fast-growing, multi-purpose collaboration and communication tool for free.
Teams training has been added to the calendar! Dates and times can be found on the ITS Professional Development page. Check back often as more sessions are added.
Transitioning to Microsoft Teams
What? Accordion Open
What is Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is a collaboration and communication tool that provides an online space for conversations, file-sharing, and meetings. Teams can be accessed from the desktop app, the mobile app, or any web browser. Access to Teams is linked to your Microsoft 365 account using your NAU login. Teams organizes groups of people together to collaborate, chat, and work on files in the cloud, but you can also chat online with anyone and host interactive online meetings.
Teams provides many powerful communication and collaboration tools in one place, making it NAU’s preferred collaboration tool. Teams has already incorporated all the functionality of Skype for Business, except for calling. The migration from Skype will focus on bringing this feature over to Teams.
Why? Accordion Closed
Why are we transitioning to Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft is ending support of all Skype for Business products over the next few years and officially migrating Skype for Business functionality into Teams. Many organizations around the globe have already made this transition.
Because Teams includes all the major capabilities of Skype for Business, the majority of the NAU community can migrate those activities that took place in Skype for Business – most notably instant messaging and online meetings – to Microsoft Teams today. External calling and other phone-related features will still live with Skype for Business.
Teams also provides several powerful collaboration tools that Skype for Business does not provide, so migrating to Teams can help streamline processes and improve how we work together when we may be physically separated.
How? Accordion Closed
How are we transitioning to Microsoft Teams?
For most teams and individuals in the NAU community, it is as simple as using Teams instead of Skype whenever possible. Teams is already up and running and improving process for groups across the state.
Behind the scenes, ITS is working to move the audio calling component from Skype for Business to Teams. Teams can already be used to call anyone on the NAU network using audio or video calling, but external dialing will not be available until NAU is fully migrated off Skype for Business. NAU’s several call centers also have functionality tied to Skype for Business that must be transitioned and tested before we can make the switch.
When? Accordion Closed
When will I have to transition to Microsoft Teams?
Specific dates have not been finalized, but ITS is targeting the summer of 2022 to disable Skype for Business at NAU. While this does provide over a year of continued use of Skype for Business, ITS highly recommends everyone begin using Microsoft Teams today to ensure a smoother transition.
It is important to note that NAU is currently running Skype for Business Server 2015, which has extended support until 2025. Skype for Business Online will reach its end-of-life July 2021. Review the Support Life Cycle for Skype for Business article for additional information.
PROJECT TIMELINE TBD
Who? Accordion Closed
Who is impacted?
Anyone who previously used Skype for Business for instant messaging, online meetings, or audio calling will be impacted by the change.
Every member of the NAU community can take advantage of the collaboration tools of Teams right now. Students, faculty, and staff all have access to the tool and its many features.