Between March and June 2015 an exciting change is happening to the University's email service. Computing Services are working hard to roll out Microsoft Outlook to staff University wide. The move means changing from an IMAP server to an Exchange server.
For the majority, this means a change from Thunderbird to Microsoft Outlook 2013. Additionally everyone can use Microsoft Outlook Web App (OWA) online via https://mail.bath.ac.uk. OWA features the majority of the same functionality as Outlook.
Outlook was chosen to replace existing email because it provides a wealth of useful features to collaborate with your colleagues and make your working life easier.
Benefits mentioned by our customers so far have included:
- prioritising work using action flags
- the next step of moving your Oracle calendar into Outlook Calendar after June 2015
- easy to set up email on mobile phones
Following successful pilot schemes at the beginning of the year, involving staff from the University Library, Student Services and the Department of Electrical Engineering, the roll out has now begun for Faculties and Professional Services departments. The goal is to have all staff migrated to Outlook by the middle of June 2015 followed by migrating your Oracle Calendar over into Outlook. Please continue to use Oracle until then.
So far the response has been largely positive and staff have been enjoying the benefits. Although this may seem like a big change, your IT Supporter will be in touch and you will receive an email from Computing Services letting you know your go live date and guiding you through the steps to take before you start to use Outlook.