OCC ICT Services have been talking with Microsoft and RM to prepare the upgrade and migration of schools Microsoft Live@Edu email services. Eventually this will mean that the administration and management of the email accounts will be handed over to Oxfordshire school who be able to add and remove accountsT. Microsoft Office 365 email service is free as part of the education package provided by Microsoft.
The email project has been on hold while the schools have been changing MIS systems but OCC is now preparing to start testing and will be working with some early adopter schools to establish the process. All schools will be migrated by the end of June. There will be some basic administrator training/guidance offered and schools are encouraged to tidy up mail boxes and contacts in good time. 123ICT consultants are aware of the email migration and will be on-hand to assist your school during the process.
The following information was emailed out to Oxfordshire schools this week by OCC:
You will all be aware that Plans to upgrade your schools Microsoft Live @Edu email system to Microsoft Office 365 are now well under way. As well as the upgrade to Microsoft Office 365 your school will take ownership of the school email accounts, enabling your school to manage and administer the email system.
ICT Services urgently need the name and contact details of your schools Email Administrator to pass onto Microsoft who will then make the arrangements for your school email system to be migrated. Microsoft will work with OCC ICT Services to manage the migration but it is essential that an administrator is identified. Your administrator will be able to add and delete accounts giving you complete control of your school email users.
Microsoft are working with RM Education and OCC to run the upgrade of your email accounts and then the final stage of the email project will leave all schools with their own individual Microsoft Office 365 system.
Microsoft Office 365 provides several additional features which we hope schools will find useful.
- Cloud-based email, calendar and contacts
- Instant messaging, voice and video chat
- Online conferencing with desktop sharing
- Web-based viewing and editing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files
- For more information about the features available to you please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-
The service is supplied as an educational package and is offered Free for academic institutions by Microsoft. There will be no email service offered in the QuEST ICT Services package for 2013/14.
In order to ensure a smooth transition we need to have the correct contact information for the person who will be taking responsibility of your ICT systems (including Email).
Please can you email the form (see below) to schoolsemailupgrade@
If you use a different email system to the one we provide, please still let us know who your ICT admin contact will be and which email system your school is using.
If you have any specific queries that they would like answered please contact the ICT Service Desk 0845 052 1000 or ict.servicedesk@oxfordshire.