Washington University in St. Louis has been gradually migrating from multiple on premise Exchange environments to a unified O365 EDU deployment for the past couple of years (we’re almost finished.) The migration process has been slow, but very successful. People are happy to finally have a common email platform across all faculty staff and students.
Feedback from uses has been positive. We allow IMAP connections to O365 mailboxes, so people who wanted to cling to Thunderbird or their other preferred email client could be appeased.
We’ve gone full cloud (not hybrid) after long battle convincing key entities that their email was just as (if not more) secure being stored on Microsoft’s servers. Microsoft’s EDU contracts guarantee that they will not perform data mining on your email data.
We provide Office 365 Pro Plus licenses for current faculty/staff/students so that all current entities have access to Office Online, Office Desktop Applications, and Office Mobile apps. For Alumni (who get to keep their email account as long as they want) we apply a more basic license that just provides email.
To view more info about our O365 deployment including customer-facing instructions, check out: https://email.wustl.edu/
John Bailey – Manager, Public Cloud Services
Washington University Information Technology
phone: (314) 935-4570 email: [log in to unmask]
We are looking into moving our e-mail system over to Office 365. We are in talks with Microsoft to see if the O365 environment will work based on how our current email environment is setup including our custom rules.
We are running a hybrid environment - MS Exchange plus Sendmail (POP/IMAP and our edge server) with ProofPoint.
We are looking at the free academic option -
Has anyone migrated to O365? How did the migration process go? Feedback from users? Did you go full cloud or hybrid and why?
What about Office for your users? Are you providing it if so, is it the cloud - web only - or both desktop installed client? You using O365 for Office subscription? The free O365 for Education doesn’t seem to offer a full installed office package - just online only. Was this an issue for your users if you went this route?
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