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From the Chief Information Officer

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Update on Office 365: Shared Folder, Calendar Migration; Office 365 Groups

Following last week's announcement that RITE would be completing the migration of shared folders and calendars to the new Office 365 environment over the weekend, we are pleased to share that the process was successfully completed and users should now have access to these folders through the Microsoft Outlook client installed on their campus workstations or laptops.

We will now begin the process of preparing for the decommissioning of the the current Exchange 2007 e-mail server to complete the transition to the cloud-based Office 365 environment. We will announce to the community when this has been scheduled.

Another important change made over the weekend was the restriction on user-created Office 365 Groups. Groups are a powerful feature available in Office 365 to promote collaboration and communication across teams. We were delighted to see that a significant number of Groups have already been created in the Buffalo State Office 365 environment; however, it became evident that a uniform naming convention would be required for Group management going forward. Therefore, the ability to create Office 365 Groups will remain with RITE for the time being. Any user who wishes to establish a new Group should contact the RITE Support Desk, 878-4357, to submit a request for immediate assistance. Additional training on how to best use and manage Office 365 Groups will be available for the community shortly.  

?As a reminder, please take full advantage of our official Office 365 training sessions, including “What Is Office 365?” “What’s New in Mail and Calendar?” and “Office in the Cloud.” For details and registration for these sessions, please visit our Office 365 Training page.

Please send your questions, comments, and concerns about the Office 365 suite of tools to the RITE Support Desk via e-mail.