Microsoft Office 365 Coming Soon to Campus

Last Updated: 05/12/2014

For the past several months, the Office of Information Technology's efforts have been sharply focused on bringing Microsoft Office 365 to campus. Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of collaborative apps that includes Exchange Online, Office Web Apps (web based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote), OneDrive, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online.

The campus-wide rollout of Office 365, which the Office of Information Technology (OIT) anticipates will begin this summer, entails two major objectives:

  • The migration of faculty, staff, and some retiree email accounts from the OIT-provided Microsoft Exchange 2007 service to Exchange Online. (Note: Student email accounts will remain on Gmail.)
  • Providing all CU-Boulder constituents with access to the suite of Office 365 collaborative apps, similar to how all constituents currently have access to CU-Boulder Google Apps for Education.

In the coming weeks and months, look for detailed communications from OIT prior to and during the migration to Exchange Online and provisioning of Office 365 collaborative apps. Additionally, we invite you to keep tabs on our progress by visiting the Microsoft Office 365 project page.

The rollout of Office 365 is the second phase of OIT's three-phased approach to providing upgraded email, calendaring, and collaborative solutions to all CU-Boulder constituents. The first phase, the rollout of Google Apps for Education, was successfully completed last fall. The third phase, which involves the reconfiguration of OIT's email and calendaring environment to allow you to choose whether your official CU-Boulder email account resides in Gmail or Exchange Online, does not yet have a set timeline; however, details will be forthcoming after we complete phase two.

If you would like to learn more about the phased approach to updating CU-Boulder’s email and calendaring environment, please visit the Email & Calendaring Direction page. If you have any questions about Office 365 or email and calendaring services in general, contact the IT Service Center at help@colorado.edu or 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from a campus phone).