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our pilot group is small (5 persons). 2 of the users show as signed from skype for business. users do not have skype for business client active or installed. users in question do not have assigned rights in the office protal for skype for business.

 

any idea how to correct this anomoly ?

 

 

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Just to clarify -- What do you mean by "users show as signed in from skype for business"? I'm not clear if you mean that:
A) The Teams client indicates the users are signed in from Skype for Business, or that
B) When using teams these users appear to others as available in skype for business.

Option A) teams client indicats the users are signed in from skype for business. chat messages are not available.

 

we found a way to resolve:

 

1) download skype for business free version

2) sign in with organization account eg. foo.bar@contoso.com

3) sign out from skype for business

4) resign in to teams

 

Of Noteother team members will not get a update on these other users status until they restart the desktop client or sign in again for the web page.

 

I am seeing the same thing. When you send a message below the persons name it says "This person is currently using Skype for Business. Some Microsoft Teams features, including chat history wont be available"

msteams.png

 

In the Chat section, you search for a name (John Doe) and the default result takes you to their Skype for Business. In this case, John Doe is a brand new employee and hasn't even used SfB yet. So you start a chat and it goes nowhere. How do you make sure the default chat is MS Teams rather than SfB? Definitely a UX problem.

I'm seeing this issue as well. Both User A and User B are in Microsoft Teams, but both are receiving this message about the other user.

I agree this is a mess.  So I have team members signed in on both Skype and Teams and yet within Teams it only sees them from Skype.  So I can't favorite them.  And yet other folks it seemed to work.  I'm not sure if a person has to "post" in a channel once to get it to pick up or if there is some other event.  Any ideas?

It appears for my issue that in order to favorite someone, they need to have downloaded and signed into the desktop client.

I am also seeing users get this message "This user is currently using Skype for Business. Some Microsoft Teams features, including chat history won’t be available.​​​", although the user is signed into Teams. Thoughts?

There have been multiple threads on this exact topic and none of them have ever had a response from Microsoft. It's been sort of pathetic actually.

We're seeing this exact problem with some of our users. A colleague who I'm chatting to has the latest MS Teams desktop client installed, like me, and it's reporting that she's "currently using Skype for Business. Some Microsoft Teams features...." 

 

She's on a Office 365 Business Premium account, so does have Skype for Business enabled, but isn't logged in.

 

Can someone from Microsoft investigate this as it's clearly a bug?

 

Thanks.

So, it appears that if I search for the colleague within the "chat" feature I get their Skype for Business contact. Whereas if I locate them from within MS Teams threads, and click chat, it takes me to a different contact - a MS Teams specific version?

 

What's causing this?

One thing to check possibly. The Skype for Business mobile apps are notorious for leaving users signed in there, which often causes messages to attempt to route to that mobile app even though the user is not active there. This results in a form of undeliverable message back to the sender. Might be worth checking with your users and making sure that if they have the Skype for Business mobile apps installed that they are completely signed out of them.

For those still dealing with this...

 

We recently started using Teams for internal office communications, and discovered the following fix for this issue:

 

  • Click on your profile picture (bottom left)
  • Select Notifications
  • At the very bottom is an option 'Chat with Skype for Business' - Disable it

 

Every person has to do this. That solved it for us.

Does that actually disable the ability to chat with people who are only on skype for business?  If so, I think that fix might be a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face.


@Justus Stewart wrote:

For those still dealing with this...

 

We recently started using Teams for internal office communications, and discovered the following fix for this issue:

 

  • Click on your profile picture (bottom left)
  • Select Notifications
  • At the very bottom is an option 'Chat with Skype for Business' - Disable it

 

Every person has to do this. That solved it for us.


 

It does.  We're using Teams for internal communications only, so we don't need access to Skype.  If you need to be able to chat with Skype users, this solution won't work, obviously.  It's a shame the two services aren't better separated.

This solved our issue. I can still use Skype for Business separately, but why would I want to.

This fix seems to have worked for our organisation. 

Correct, this work-around does 2 things:

  1. Disables that user's ability to communicate with SfB (from within Teams app)
  2. Permanently deletes all chat history with anyone it decided to communicate with via SfB rather than via Teams.

We found that 75% of conversations lost ALL chat history... as about half of all staff had connected with someone via SfB rather than their Teams account.

I think this is important to know, because even when you go: "worse-case, half my contact list defaulted to chatting to a SfB contact rather than via Teams"... but then you have to think: The people you successfully linked to via the correct contact, there is ALSO a 50% chance that THEIR install got it wrong, so *poof* suddenly that chat is completely gone too, despite it showing as correct on your installation. It seems that Teams just can't discern correctly between the 2 messaging services in this build.

I came across this thread while trying to figure out a solution. I do not see any option under Notifications to disable 'Use Skype for Business for Chat'. Did this get removed? I have tried with the client-side app for Teams and on teams.microsoft.com. It also mentions to click on your profile pic in the "bottom left" but profile pics are in the upper right of theses UIs. Am I looking in the wrong place? thx

Also having this issue. Is there an actual solution?

I found that once the person logs into teams and sends their first message, the skype issue goes away.

This is pretty ridiculous... we switched to teams a few weeks ago, and I'm still seeing the "This person is using Skype for Business." message for some people, even though they are currently running Teams. (Closing and re-opening Teams, and even clearing the cache doesn't work.) We are currently running in "Islands" mode (whatever that means).

 

Even if that person is using Teams, and sends me a message, I end up with two separate conversations, one for Teams, and one with the Skype icon.

 

But if I go and initiate a new chat from my Contacts list to that person, it defaults to the S4B conversation.

 

So, unless I have an open chat with someone, I am not able to initiate chat with these "bugged" contacts unless they message me from Teams first.

 

And God forbid if that other person is having the same Skype issue that I am - because then neither of us will be able to initiate chat with the other!

 

I can't even delete the bugged S4B conversation - hiding it doesn't do anything except hide it from the UI - the conversation is still there along with the history.

 

This really needs to be fixed, or we need an administrative switch somewhere to effectively disable/block all S4B communication/routing/calling if that person has switched to Teams. Or perhaps if there was a way to delete the S4B conversation, it would then initiate a new Teams conversation with that user?

 

Microsoft really needs to address these concerns!

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