How to uninstall Skype from several end-user workstations - They are running Office 2016 version

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Greetings Everybody,


As we are moving to MS Teams for all end-users, what is the best way to uninstall Skype from several end-user workstations? The workstations are all running Office 2016 version.


We think this can be done via PowerShell, or a batch file (via GPO), but after reading several entries online about others' attempts, it seems that many Admins have been unsuccessful in accomplishing this.


We welcome your input - Thanks a million!



RM and IH

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Never mind: PDQ helped me find the answer!

The following command definitely works, to uninstall Skype for Business 2016 - I placed this into a new batch file to test it, and it did the trick smoothly:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE16\Office Setup Controller\setup.exe" /uninstall LYNC /dll OSETUP.DLL

This PowerShell command also works well to uninstall Skype (plain) only:
Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.SkypeApp* | Remove-AppxPackage

I also learned that through GPO, there exists a template called:
"Prevent Users From Running Microsoft Lync"

I hope this helps someone else looking for this answer in the future!

RM and IH