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University to Complete Transition to Office 365

Second phase of migration will begin July 24.

Minnesota State University, Mankato ITS Announcement, 7-21-2014.

Mankato, Minn. - Starting July 24, 2014, Minnesota State University, Mankato will begin the second and final phase of its transition to Microsoft Office 365.

Emeriti faculty will be the first group of faculty members to have their email accounts transferred from Microsoft Exchange servers to Office 365. All remaining faculty are scheduled to transfer, by department, beginning in August. The second phase will complete the process initiated when the student email accounts were transferred in March 2013.

Office 365 is a cloud-based service that will manage email, calendar, voice mail, document storage and collaboration tools. Applications in the suite include familiar Microsoft Office tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. In addition, the collaboration tools OneNote, OneDrive, and Yammer are similar to popular web-based tools such as Google Docs, Evernote, Dropbox, and Facebook.

The migration to Office 365 will reduce operating costs for basic technical utilities such as email while providing powerful security safeguards for the University.

Ed Clark, Vice President and CIO of Information and Technology Services, said Microsoft is the only cloud software vendor with agreements with MnSCU to allow for the transmission and storage of legally private data (HIPAA/FERPA) while conforming to the State of Minnesota Data Practices Act.

Minnesota State Mankato is among a growing number of universities to move to cloud-based email and will be the first to do so in the MnSCU system.

For more information about the Office 365 migration at Minnesota State University, Mankato, see

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