Information Technology Services has been planning the implementation of new and innovative productivity tools and services – Microsoft Office 365. All Northeastern University faculty and staff will transition to Office 365, starting this fall with the migration of email. Rest assured, ITS will provide assistance through each part of this transition and information will be widely available through a variety of channels.
What is Office 365?
At its core, Office 365 is the same suite of Office products and services you recognize, now provided through the cloud. Through Office 365, Microsoft offers more features in and greater access to the tools you use, both at work and at home, while providing the latest releases to its customers.
Office 365 is different in that it:
- Is cloud based, meaning hosting will be provided by Microsoft servers and not Northeastern servers
- Is a subscription-based service, giving Northeastern easy access to the latest software releases
- Offers web-based access to software previously limited to a local installation
ITS is dedicated to a phased rollout of the different Office 365 products and services, starting with an email migration and certain software applications.
What to expect this fall
The initial focus of the Office 365 rollout will involve migrating faculty, staff and sponsored account email from being hosted on our internal servers to being hosted on Microsoft’s Office 365 business-class servers. As a result of this server change, your login credentials will change slightly and you will need to update your email settings after your migration on your laptop or desktop, and any mobile devices.
We’ve worked to make this transition of your email as easy as possible for you. As a result, there will be NO CHANGE to:
- Your email address
- Your password
What will change?
The information below will need to be updated on your laptop or desktop, and any mobile devices, for your email to work properly.
- The username used to access email
- Your new username will be [myNEU username]@northeastern.edu, so if your myNEU username is kinghusky, your Office 365 username will be firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This username is ONLY required for Office 365 services (details here).
- The server that hosts your email
- The new server is outlook.office365.com
- Outlook Web App (OWA)
- The new url is http://outlook.office365.com
- This is the latest version of OWA, so it will look a bit different from outlook.neu.edu.
What is the timeline?
Email accounts will be migrated to Office 365 in groups, primarily by department, in a coordinated effort between ITS and each department. This is intended to reduce the impact on university business. We will keep you informed, and look forward to partnering with you as you move. After working with university departments, a schedule will be posted on the Office 365 Migration page for your convenience.
What is new?
When your email account migrates, depending on your role at the university, you may also gain access to Microsoft Office ProPlus for Faculty/Staff.
Through Northeastern’s Microsoft Office 365 subscription, faculty and staff with A3 licenses (details here) can download the latest version of Microsoft Office – currently Office 2013 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac – on both unmanaged Northeastern computers and personal computers. You may install Office 365 on up to five (5) non Northeastern-managed or personal machines.
DO NOT install Office 365 ProPlus on Northeastern-managed machines. If your machine is managed and you want the latest Microsoft Office software, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) or email@example.com.
Office 365 ProPlus also includes OneDrive for Business, an online file storage service, with 1TB of storage space, and access to online versions of the Office applications. Details can be found on the Microsoft Office 365 – Faculty/Staff ProPlus page.
Following the email migration, ITS will evaluate the university’s needs and plan the phased rollout of other Office 365 services as appropriate.