New Feature in Office 365 — Clutter

Microsoft Office 365 has been rolling out a new feature called “Clutter.” This feature in Office 365 is designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder. Clutter uses machine learning and user interactions to determine which email messages to filter and move from the inbox into the Clutter folder. Essentially, the system evaluates which messages you read and which ones are ignored and learns which messages to move to the Clutter folder.

By default, Clutter is not enabled. You must enable it via the Options in your Outlook Web settings. If you would like to learn more about this feature and how to enable it, please see this page, http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=506974.

We’ve become aware that Microsoft has started sending notifications to users alerting them to this new feature. These are legitimate messages from Microsoft and will look similar to the following. The links in these messages will take you to legitimate Microsoft Web sites. You are not required to enable this feature and can safely ignore the message from Microsoft if you wish.

Below is an example of a message that is sent through by Microsoft about the new Clutter clean up.


From:
Microsoft Outlook
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015 4:09 PM
Subject: Let’s clean up

Let’s clean up

It looks like your mailbox is cluttered. In the past week, you received 27 items you’re likely to ignore.

If you’d prefer not to see that clutter in the future, go here to turn on Clutter.

Clutter places these items into their own folder, helping you focus on your most important messages. If Clutter gets it wrong, you can move messages and conversations back into the inbox, and vice versa. And Clutter will learn from its mistakes. If you have questions, go here.

Say hello to a cleaner inbox.

This system notification isn’t an email message and you can’t reply to it.

Thanks to Eileen for writing up this message as we start to see the campus reporting the notices.

 

Microsoft Office Now Available for Faculty/Staff on Personal Devices

On November 11, 2014, Microsoft started allowing faculty and staff the ability to download and install the full Office suite on their personally owned devices.  Prior to this date, the only option was to purchase the Office suite for your home computer.  The steps below will assist you in activating your account and then download and install Office for your home computer(s).

Note: This is only for personally owned devices and not for university owned computers.

Note that using your Washburn email account and the directions below, it is possible to install the Office suite on up to five devices (PC or Mac).  It is also possible to use mobile versions of the office programs on such devices as iPhones or iPads.

  1. In order to install the office suite, it is first necessary to activate the product for your account.  Unlike the Office suite for students, it is not automatically activated for all faculty and staff.  Click on the following link to:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=512196
  2. Enter your Washburn email address and click Sign Up.
  3. A confirmation should display saying “You already have an account”, click Continue.
  4. It will redirect you to your Washburn email.  If not, go to http://outlook.washburn.edu and log into your Washburn email.
  5. Gear-BoxClick the gear box in the upper right hand corner of your email to display a drop down list of selections.
  6. Click on Office 365 Settings.
  7. The next screen will show various options on the left hand side.  Select Software.
  8. The next screen will show what software can be installed. 
    1. PCs — One button for Install listed with all of the software in one package.  This will install Office 2013 for PCs with the software listed below.
      1. Word
      2. Excel
      3. PowerPoint
      4. OneNote
      5. Access
      6. Publisher
      7. Outlook
      8. Lync
      9. InfoPath
    2. Macs — Two different Install buttons listed, select the first option to install Office 2011 for Mac with the software listed below.
      1. Word
      2. Excel
      3. PowerPoint
      4. Outlook
        • Another Install option will be listed for Mac as there are currently two different versions of Outlook.  Use the Outlook in the first option.
        • OneNote is available for Mac, but you will need to install it from the app store.
  9. Once the Install is clicked, the program will begin to download to your computer. 
  10. When the download is complete, install the program.  Note, download time will depend on your Internet connection to Microsoft.
  11. After installation, if prompted to activate product, select Sign-in to existing Office 365 subscription. Enter your full Washburn email address and then your email password.

The Office suite, whether on PC or Mac, will remain updated and current as long as you are employed, or have an account, with Washburn University.  Once you leave Washburn, the program will stop working and prompt you to purchase through Microsoft.

Any problems or questions, please contact ITS User Services at support@washburn.edu or by calling 785-670-3000.

 

Microsoft Office Now Available for Students on Personal Devices

Prior to the fall 2014 semester starting, we were working with Microsoft to roll out the Office suite to all Washburn students.  We got the process working just after the semester started and since that time have had 376 students download and install the suite. We are able to provide this to all of our students with a Microsoft site license we purchase every year for all campus computers.

These directions will walk you through where to go within your Washburn email account to download the software and then how to install the software.  Note that using your Washburn email account and the directions below, it is possible to install the Office suite on up to five devices (PC or Mac).  It is also possible to use mobile versions of the office programs on such devices as iPhones or iPads.

  1. Log into your Washburn email at http://outlook.washburn.edu.
  2. Gear-BoxClick the gear box in the upper right hand corner of your email to display a drop down list of selections.
  3. Click on Office 365 Settings.
  4. The next screen will show various options on the left hand side.  Select Software.
  5. The next screen will show what software can be installed. 
    1. PCs — One button for Install listed with all of the software in one package.  This will install Office 2013 for PCs with the software listed below.
      1. Word
      2. Excel
      3. PowerPoint
      4. OneNote
      5. Access
      6. Publisher
      7. Outlook
      8. Lync
      9. InfoPath
    2. Macs — Two different Install buttons listed, select the first option to install Office 2011 for Mac with the software listed below.
      1. Word
      2. Excel
      3. PowerPoint
      4. Outlook
        • Another Install option will be listed for Mac as there are currently two different versions of Outlook.  Use the Outlook in the first option.
        • OneNote is available for Mac, but you will need to install it from the app store.
  6. Once the Install is clicked, the program will begin to download to your computer. 
  7. When the download is complete, install the program.  Note, download time will depend on your Internet connection to Microsoft.
  8. After installation, if prompted to activate product, select Sign in to existing Office 365 subscription. Enter your full Washburn email address and then your email password.

The Office suite, whether on PC or Mac, will remain updated and current as long as you are a student.  Once you leave Washburn, the program will stop working and prompt you to purchase through Microsoft.

Any problems or questions, please contact ITS User Services at support@washburn.edu or by calling 785-670-3000.

 

Office 365 Progress and Preparation

Information Technology Services has finished migrating to Office 365.  All ITS staff are now using Office 365 for our email and calendar.  All of our student workers are using the new Office 365 as well.  We are happy to report that everything is working great! 

As we prepare to migrate those individuals that volunteered to be early adopters, we are working on documentation as well as the schedule for migrating all of campus.  We have the web site (http://www.washburn.edu/a-z-index/its/email-calendar) where we will be posting documentation, migration schedule, pre-migration, and post migration steps.  We will also be announcing drop in sessions for question and answer one-on-one sessions.

A few items to remind you about that are also listed on the web site (http://www.washburn.edu/a-z-index/its/email-calendar/prepare-migration.html) include:

  1. Delete any unneeded mail – Delete any email you do not need to keep. This will help your migration go faster.
  2. Trash Folder — Empty your trash and keep it empty. The trash, deleted, and deleted items folders will not be migrated to the new system. If you need assistance checking your Trash folder settings to make sure that messages are being purged, please contact 785-670-3000 or email support@washburn.edu. If you are using the Trash folder as a “staging area” for email prioritization, you will need to come up with a different folder to use for that purpose.
  3. Folder names — Remove any special characters from folder names to ensure a smooth transfer. Special characters include: !@#$%^&*
  4. Large messages/attachments — Large messages greater than 25 MB  may not easily migrate to the new system, so be sure to download any attachments you need to keep. Thunderbird will allow you to search for messages by size. MyWashburn webmail will allow messages to be displayed by size which can help locating large files. Please contact support@washburn.edu or call 785-670-3000 if you need assistance.
  5. Save any .exe attachments — The new email system will not accept email attachments with executable files (even if they are zipped), so be sure to save any .exe files before your migration.

Please watch the web site and email announcements for additional information.  Any questions or concerns, please contact ITS User Services at 785-670-3000 or via email support@washburn.edu.