Migrating to the Microsoft Cloud

Information Technology Services (ITS) is working with Framingham State’s partner and systems integrator, Threadfin, to rollout Microsoft Office 365 to all Faculty, Staff and Contractors that currently have a Framingham.edu email account. This is a significant undertaking and planning has been ongoing since the fall of 2018. The setup and integration with FSU systems is now complete and the offering is currently in the piloting phase. A full-scale rollout is targeted to begin in April of 2019.

What is Office 365?

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based services that will provide improved access to email and calendaring and makes the Microsoft Office Suite of applications accessible from anywhere in the world, at any time, on any device. As part of migration, ITS will be rolling out new and improved SPAM filtering capabilities, mailbox size will be enlarged to 50GB, send receive quotas will be increased to 25MB and everyone will receive 1TB of cloud based storage.

Once on Office 365, you will be able to seamlessly schedule meetings, create and share documents, and collaborate in one secure and consistent platform. With more than fifteen applications—including the Microsoft Office Suite products you’re familiar with—you will have more ways to unleash your productivity than ever before.

Learn more at the Microsoft Support site with their Office 365 Basics video series.

What is the reason for the change?

Microsoft Office 365 provides improved email performance and capabilities, centralized cloud-based file storage and sharing features, and the latest versions of the Microsoft Office suite of applications will be available to you, anywhere, anytime and from any devices.

What to Expect Next

The roll-out of Microsoft Office 365 is slated to begin in April 2019 and will be scheduled on a department-by-department basis. ITS will be reaching out to Area VPs, Deans, Department Heads and Chairs to keep everyone informed and to schedule an appropriate time to migrate your area.

Outlook E-mail

For most everyone, the migration will require very little. Your Outlook client should automatically reconfigure after your account has been migrated. We recommend that you close Outlook at the end of the workday on the day before we migrate your account and you may be prompted to login with your email address and password the next morning. Webmail will still be available through a new and improved interface.

Outlook for Mobile devices

If you have email configured on any devices, such as a phone or iPad, the email account on that device will likely need to be deleted and re-added. ITS will provide appropriate directions at the time of the migration. After the migration, we will send a follow-up email to confirm your account was successfully moved to Office 365. As always, ITS will also be there to provide you any additional assistance that you may require along the way.