Skype for Business Migrates into the Cloud: What Does it Mean for You?

February 26, 2018

by UNH IT Staff

UNH students, faculty, and staff utilize Skype for Business for instant messaging, screen sharing, video and audio conferencing, and file transfers. On Monday, March 12, Faculty and staff Skype for Business accounts will be migrated from locally-hosted servers to the cloud. This change will facilitate collaboration between faculty and students, reduce dependency on local servers, and encourages the use of Zoom for audio and video conferencing.

What does this mean for you?

  • Starting Monday, March 5, UNH faculty and staff will no longer be able to use a standard telephone to join Skype for Business audio conferencing. Zoom is available for dial-in audio conferencing.
  • If you have scheduled meetings in Skype for Business that no longer work after migrating to Skype for Business Online, you can recreate them, use the free Skype for Business Meeting Migration Tool, or reschedule them as Zoom meetings. The Skype for Business Meeting Migration Tool is available at
  • Starting Monday, March 12, you will notice two changes:
    • Students will be searchable alongside faculty and staff in Skype for Business. You can still add contacts from other universities, vendors, businesses, and anyone else who uses the commercial version of Skype.
    • You will now sign-in using your email address, your username at your primary affiliation (for example,,,, and your password.
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