William & Mary

Email is Moving to Office 365

Summary

As part of an ongoing effort to maintain and improve IT services, email and calendaring services is moving to Microsoft Office 365.

Full Description

Microsoft Office 365Email and calendaring services for William & Mary faculty and staff is moving to the Cloud, supporting the Business Innovation initiative which is a strategic effort to improve effectiveness and efficiency across the university.

If your mailbox has been migrated to Microsoft Office 365, use webmail.wm.edu to acccess email online.


Microsoft Office 365

With aging on-premise Microsoft Exchange servers nearing end of life, W&M IT conducted an intensive exploration of cloud-based email and calendar solutions in 2016.  We consulted with various departments on campus to evaluate their email and calendar business needs and compared that with available cloud systems and offerings. Also under consideration were the tools and services that come with the various Cloud options. 

With the support of the IT Advisory Committee, Microsoft Office 365 was chosen as the email and calendar solution for faculty and staff. As our previous email system was also Microsoft, the transition is expected to be relatively easy. We expect the entire transition to be complete by the end of 2017.  

Check-out our Microsoft Office 365 project page!

 

Here are some of the web applications currently available at office.wm.edu. More applications will become available after the transition to the Cloud.Office 365 Web Applications

Microsoft Office 365 also comes with a suite of web applications (One Drive, Teams, Skype for Business, Yammer, etc.)  Some of these web apps are already available with limited functionality through office.wm.edu.

More web apps will be available and the feature set will be enhanced once the email system has finished moving to the Microsoft Cloud. It will usher in a smoother, more engaging Office 365 experience, especially noticeable as you navigate from one web app to another. 


What's Next?

You will receive a notification 1-2 weeks ahead of your migration date stating that your mailbox will be migrating soon.  You will also recieve another notification the day of your email migration.  The emails will provide further instructions and information about the migration of your mailbox.

Want to get a head start?  Check-out our Microsoft Office 365 project page!