Why is this migration occurring?
UIC has multiple email systems on campus, some of which are very old and need to be retired (Tigger and Mailserv, for example). Other systems duplicate efforts, create inefficiencies, and pose security risks. UICOMP’s email system will be consolidated to reduce duplicated efforts, improve end-user experience, and improve efficiencies.
Exchange Online forms the foundation for ACCC and UICOMP’s collaborated upcoming unified communications plan, which includes updates to voice services (with email integration), web-conferencing, instant messaging, and other collaboration tools and services.
Exchange Online can be accessed through clients such as Outlook and native email apps on Mac, PC and mobile devices. A full featured web interface allows users to open Word, Excel, and other MS Office files by using the online versions of those products without having to install software. Additionally, users will have access to a much larger 100GB inbox.
Office 365 is a free suite of programs that includes Office applications. There are two ways that you can use Office 365. You can work in the cloud by using Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, OneNote Online and more. In addition, you can install all of the same apps locally on up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 mobile devices.
Faculty and staff may still use a local version of Office Professional by installing the Campus Agreement offer for University-owned computers through the WebStore.
Exchange online is the new common email and calendar solution that will be available to faculty and staff starting Fall 2015. This is a separate service from Office 365.
- Work anywhere, anytime and across virtually any device by installing Office 365 on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 mobile devices.
- Stay current with automatic updates and releases for Office 365.