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Retention schedule for Microsoft Teams

With the move to Microsoft Teams there have been questions about the length of time chats, messages, etc are retained. The records retention schedule for Teams is now available online and provided below. The schedule becomes effective August 24.

The Microsoft Teams Message Retention Schedule

Function  Timeframe  Description 
Person to person chat 30 Days Chats between two or more parties. Chats over the retention time will be silently dropped.
Teams Channel Messages 365 Days* Channel messages inside of Team sites. Conversations over the retention time will be silently dropped.
Recover Team Sites Timeouts 30 Days The time from when a Team’s site is deleted and when it can be safely recovered.
Video Calls Not Saved Recordings from video calls are not saved unless configured on a per call basis.
Voice Calls Not Saved Recordings from voice calls are not saved unless configured on a per call basis.

*Shorter retention can be set for individuals, offices, etc. upon request and approval by IT.

NOTE: Files shared in chat are stored in One Drive, however, as per the retention schedule, the links will no longer be available.