Last updated: February 2019
When we first wrote this post, Microsoft’s Lync was the “Skype equivalent” for corporate users. As part of the release of Microsoft Office 2016, Lync was rebranded as Skype for Business, and positioned as the Microsoft instant messaging solution for corporate and enterprises.
Instant messaging is great for collaborating with your peers, however it’s not unheard that people call the quits on messaging at work and decide to disable or uninstall the IM software from their computers.
In this post we’ll discuss the process for removing Lync 2013 and Skype for Business software from your Windows 7 or 10 PC.
Skype for Business is integrated into Office 365, and doesn’t appear as an independent entry in the Programs and Features list. Therefore, the only feasible way to uninstall it would be to uninstall Office 365 altogether.
That said, provided you do have the right permissions, you could as well disable Skype in a quite simple manner, so that even if installed, it won’t start automatically when logging on to Windows 7/10 or alternatively it would run only in the background and won’t interfere with your daily work.
Please proceed as following:
If you are running Office 2016, Skype for Business is installed as a standalone application, so the procedure is the same one as above.