Office 365 Migration

Current Project Status:  The Office 365 MIgration project is progressing nicely. Faculty and staff can see the latest project announcements and status information on the project's SharePoint site.

Project Overview

In the summer of 2013, Microsoft informed Central IT that all Live@edu users would be migrated to their main email platform, Office 365, and that the UW Colleges students using Live@edu would need to be migrated to Office 365 by the end of September 2013.  Central IT began learning more about Office 365 and ultimately determined that moving faculty and staff to Office 365 would provide much requested new functionality (instant messaging, web-based video conferencing, file sharing, file storage, easier to use SharePoint, blogging, and more) as well as address the aging UWCX email infrastructure that would need upgrading or replacement.  On August 7, 2013 the UW Colleges students were successfully migrated to Office 365.


Will I still use Outlook to access my email?

Yes, Windows users will still use Outlook as their email client so the transition to Office 365 should be relatively seamless. Office 365 supports Outlook versions from Microsoft Office 2007 to 2013.  Apple users can still use Outlook on the Mac, however Outlook for the Mac will still operate as it does today, which can be frustrating for Apple users.  Apple users will have a better experience accessing Office 365 via the web.


How do students get a copy of the MS-Office applications for their computer?

Office 365 includes a web version of the most popular MS-Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).  Discounted versions of MS-Office are no longer available for students through the Wisc Software catalog.  Instead students have two options:

  1. Purchase the Home and Student version of MS-Office at commercial retail outlets or via the web.
  2. Purchase a copy of Office 365 for Education from Wisc Software.  This version of Office 365 is a 4 year lease that allows the student to download the MS-Office applications onto their computer.  Important Note:  By selecting this option Microsoft will require the student to create a personal Office 365 account using a .edu email address.  This personal account cannot be connected to the UW Colleges and Extension instance of Office 365.