Microsoft Teams to Be Used as Network Communication Platform

Kettering Health Network will be upgrading to Microsoft Teams for its primary communication service.

Beginning October 28, Information Systems will begin rolling out the application to Kettering Health Network devices. This will exclude clinical workstations, and the application will be installed after business hours to prevent interruption in workflows.

How will this affect you?

You will have both Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business installed on your device, and both of those applications will launch upon start-up. On April 15, 2020, Skype for Business will be removed from all devices, and Teams will be the only communication and online meeting software available for Office 365 users.

Why are we doing this?

Microsoft began the transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams in September 2019. All new Office 365 customers will be onboarded directly to Microsoft Teams as their default communication platform, and Microsoft has encouraged current Office 365 customers to use Teams in place of Skype for chat, team collaboration, and online meetings.

What should I do to prepare?

Start using Teams! You can access the web version of Microsoft Teams here. While clinical workstations are excluded from the initial roll-out, they can still access the web version.

Where can I learn more?

Click here to visit the Microsoft Teams Education intranet page for online training resources.

Who should I contact with questions?

Contact iSupport at (937) 384-4500 or ext. 44500 with any questions related to Microsoft Teams.

October 22, 2019