Office 365 has been selected as our new email and calendaring service. This cloud-based service provides many enhancements over our existing email and calendaring system. ITS has created a website to provide information on Office 365, it’s implementation, the email migration process and training opportunities.
We will continue to add information to this website as well as blog posts to the Washburn Technology blog (http://blog.washburn.edu/technology/) to keep you informed and assist in the effective implementation and use of this new service.
Over the next three months, ITS will be implementing Office 365 for Washburn University and the Washburn Institute of Technology. A 3rd party vendor with experience migrating educational institutions to Office 365 is being selected to assist in this initiative.
All faculty, staff and student email will be migrated to Office 365. Our intended timeline is to migrate most of ITS to the new service later this month. We are seeking early adopters to migrate in mid-November and who are willing to assist faculty and staff in their departments during the final implementation. The final implementation is scheduled for early January, 2014 before classes begin. That said, we have been collecting critical dates for different units and departments and we are planning to work around these events.
I’m sure you have lots of questions and we will work to answer all of them in the coming weeks. For example, your email address will not change. You can continue to use Thunderbird, although we believe you will have a much better experience if you move to Outlook. And support for mobile devices is seamless which is a big enhancement when you consider managing calendars.
Look for more messages on Office 365 implementation, demonstration and training opportunities.