Library are first to use University's new email service

Posted in: Communications & Collaboration, Digital Data & Technology Group

Thank you to staff in the Library for being the first pilot group of the University's new email platform, MS Exchange 2013.  For most, this means moving from Thunderbird to MS Outlook 2013 on their desktop and Outlook Web Access (OWA) on other devices and via their web browser.

At the end of January 2015 we will be sending out a survey to the pilot group and will use this feedback to influence the roll-out to the rest of campus.  Roll-out of the new email platform across campus will take place throughout this academic year.

Thank you to the Library for being so accommodating and helpful in this first of many roll-outs of Exchange 2013.

Project Background

The University of Bath has invested in Microsoft Exchange 2013 to deliver a rich email and calendar experience using Microsoft Outlook.  Outlook Web Access (webmail and apps) will provide similar levels of functionality to the Outlook client, mirroring the look and feel of the 2013 suite of applications.

Microsoft Outlook 2013 includes Calendar. The move from Oracle to Outlook Calendar will happen once all staff at the University have moved to MS Exchange for their email so we ask that staff continue to use Oracle Calendaring for any meetings until further notice.

The University will run its Microsoft Exchange service in-house with support provided by Computing Services. Keeping the service in-house will ensure that the University has sufficient control over access to data and security, as well as being able to manage the experience of service users more effectively.

In addition the University plans to introduce a unified communications platform to complement Exchange / Outlook. Microsoft Lync will streamline communications by delivering a range of efficient communication productivity features including; Presence, Instant Messaging, Video and Voice calling as well as Web Conferencing and more.


Posted in: Communications & Collaboration, Digital Data & Technology Group


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