Completion of Office 365 Migration and Spam:
What You Should Know

Last Update: October 24, 2016


RITE is excited to announce that the Office 365 migration project will conclude on Tuesday morning, October 25. Over the past few months during the transition period, we have been operating in a "hybrid" e-mail environment where e-mail traffic is first delivered to the internal Barracuda Spam Firewall appliance and subsequently routed to either the old Exchange server or to the new Office 365 environment, depending on where the user's mailbox was located.


Beginning tomorrow morning, the old Exchange environment will be essentially "turned off," at which point, all incoming and outgoing e-mail will be transmitted directly to the Office 365 environment, bypassing the Barracuda Spam Filter and taking full advantage of the built-in spam filtering functionality available in Office 365. As a result of this change, it is possible that some users may experience a change in the volume of messages flagged as spam. During the next few weeks, we strongly encourage users to routinely monitor their Junk Email folders for legitimate messages that may have incorrectly been classified as spam. If you find a message that doesn't belong in the Junk folder, simply click on the "It's not spam" link at the top of the message or drag it back to the Inbox or any other folder of your choosing.


We continue to encourage everyone to review the questions on our Office 365 FAQ page, including the impact on accessing e-mail on mobile devices and the significant enhancements and benefits available. RITE has also begun offering several Office 365 training workshops for which you may register online through the Workshop Registration System.


Please send your questions, comments, and concerns to the IT Help Desk via e-mail. If you encounter any problems with your e-mail or calendar, please notify the Support Desk at 878-4357 as soon as possible.


Benefits of Office 365:

  • Exchange Online: Access email and calendars on the go and keep everyone in sync with enterprise-grade email and shareable calendars, including a 50GB inbox!  (No more out-of-space warnings!)
  • Mobility: Work from virtually anywhere using trusted Office applications across all of your devices (PCs, laptops, tablets or smart phones) and access your Office documents locally on your device or in the online environment.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with colleagues and students through online Office documents that are always up to date and accessible almost anywhere.
  • Content Management: SharePoint and OneDrive for Business make it easy to set up and manage online communities, collaborative wikis and blogs, and to create customized forms.  Take advantage of 1 TB of cloud storage!
  • Free software: The Office 365 ProPlus benefit allows eligible faculty and staff to download and install the latest versions of Microsoft Office for Mac or PC (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, OneNote, Skype for Business, and Access) for use on up to 5 devices at no cost!

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