Uninstalling Skype for Business after Teams Upgrade RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I haven't seen any real effective or simple solutions for what to do with Skype after we upgrade to Teams. Skype is disabled, but still launches telling users to switch to Teams. Skype is integrated in the Office E3 packages we deploy with the ODT (which has now been removed from the package for future installs) but we have roughly 100 users across 2 facilities that have Skype installed, and to start automatically when Windows starts.

    I'm just looking for, I suppose the easiest solution others might have for either disabling Skype from launching, or uninstalling it that can be applied for everyone.


    Monday, September 9, 2019 12:58 PM


All replies

  • Hi Cory-P,

    If you want to remove Skype for Business client, per your understanding, it's integrated with the other Office apps, you may need to uninstall the rest of the Office suite, re-install the Office without Skype for Business selected.

    For more details, refer to the following document:


    Best Regards,
    Sharon Zhao

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    Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:41 AM
  • Hi Cory-P,

    Do you have any further issue on this topic?

    Meanwhile, if there is no issue, please remember to mark helpful reply as answer to close the thread. Your action would be helpful to other users who encounter the same issue and read this thread.

    Thanks for your understanding.

    Best Regards,
    Sharon Zhao

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    Monday, September 16, 2019 8:12 AM
  • Hello,

    I understand that you are now planning to install Microsoft Teams and that's really very great!

    However I would like to share few insights where I would still suggest you to have Skype for Business application installed on your system along with MS Teams.

    If you want to have a fedrated communication with any external user and if that dosent work it means you do not have SFB licence turned on along with Teams.Here you need to have it turned on to have federation possible with MS Teams.

    If you uninstall the Skype for Business client after you move a user to Teams Only mode, presence stops working in Outlook and other Office apps. Presence works fine in Teams. Workaround: To see presence in Outlook (and other Office apps), Skype for Business must be installed, even if you're running Teams in Teams Only mode. Microsoft is aware of this problem and is working on a fix.

    I am also sharing you the supporting article for the same:-

    Also you can follow the below script to just unistall one application.You can rerun the below given script and in exclude part add SFB.This wil just override the current applications stored.



    Let me know if you face issue while following this.

    Thank you.

    Santosh Patkar

    • Proposed as answer by SPPatkar1994 Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:00 AM
    • Edited by SPPatkar1994 Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:07 AM
    Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:00 AM