Use Teams with Skype

Although Teams and Skype are two separate communication apps, you can run Teams alongside Skype for one-on-one chats and video calls. There are some limitations: 

  • Conversations are text-only. This means that there's no rich formatting, @mentions, or emojis.

  • Conversations are one-on-one only. Group chats aren't supported yet.

  • Teams users and Skype users can't see each other's presence.

  • Searching for Skype users by using their emails - Skype IDs or phone numbers aren’t supported.

Note: The ability to use Microsoft teams with Skype is available on the desktop, web, and mobile (Android and iOS). For an optimal experience, we recommend Skype version 8.58 and later. 

Blocking and unblocking Skype users 

After you accept a request from someone using Skype, you can choose to block or unblock them at any time without them knowing you’ve done so.  
 

  • Just right click in your conversation with them, or in your chat list. Select Block or Unblock.

Blocking a Skype user in Microsoft Teams

Blocked Skype users will be listed on the user's blocked contact list in Teams. Skype users won’t know that they have been blocked. 


Searching for Skype users 

If you’re using Teams, you can find a Skype user by searching for their email address.  

Just as you can search for and start a one-on-one text-only conversation or an audio/video call with a Skype user, they can search for and start a one-on-one text-only conversation or an audio/video call with a Teams user’s email address. 

There are two ways to find a Skype user: 

  1. Go to the search bar and enter the email address of the Skype user you want to contact.

    Search for Skype user in Microsoft Teams

  2. Click Search ... externally. You may see several results from this search, so you’ll need to determine if it’s the right contact based on the Skype ID displayed alongside their name in the search results.

OR 

Click New conversation and enter the Skype user’s email address. 

Getting an invite from a Skype user 

Skype users can also invite a Team user to a chat or video call. If you’re using Teams and receive an invite from a Skype user, you’ll see an invitation screen that asks you to accept that person before you’re able to message them back. 

Skype user invitation in Microsoft Teams

Although Teams and Skype are two separate communication apps, you can run Teams alongside Skype for one-on-one chats and video calls. There are some limitations: 

  • Conversations are text-only. There's no rich formatting, @mentions, or emojis.

  • Conversations are one-on-one only. Group chats aren't supported yet.

  • Teams users and Skype users can't see each other's presence.

  • Searching for Skype users by using their emails - Skype IDs or phone numbers aren’t supported.

Note: The ability to use Microsoft teams with Skype is available on the desktop, web, and mobile (Android and iOS). For an optimal experience, we recommend Skype version 8.58 and later. 

Blocking and unblocking Skype users 

After you accept a request from someone using Skype, you can choose to block or unblock them at any time without them knowing you’ve done so.  
 

  • Right click in your conversation with them, or in your chat list. Select Block or Unblock.

    Block or unblock a Skype user in Microsoft Teams

Blocked Skype users will be listed on the user's blocked contact list in Teams. Skype users won’t know that they've been blocked. 


Searching for Skype users 

If you’re using Teams, you can find a Skype user by searching for their email address.  

Just as you can search for and start a one-on-one text-only conversation or an audio/video call with a Skype user, they can search for and start a one-on-one text-only conversation or an audio/video call with a Teams user’s email address. 

There are two ways to find a Skype user: 

Search outside your organization for chat recipient in Microsoft Teams

  1. Go to the search bar and enter the email address of the Skype user you want to contact.

  2. Click Search outside your organization. You may see several results from this search, so you’ll need to determine if it’s the right contact based on the Skype ID displayed alongside their name in the search results.
    OR 
    Click New conversation and enter the Skype user’s email address. 

Getting an invite from a Skype user 

Skype users can also invite a Team user to a chat or video call. If you’re using Teams and receive an invite from a Skype user, you’ll see an invitation screen that asks you to accept that person before you’re able to message them back. 

Mobile version of invite from Skype user for Microsoft Teams

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