Office 365 Email Familiarisation sessions
School staff are invited to attend one of the following Office 365 Email familiarisation sessions.
17 January 1.30-3.30pm Falcon House, Winchester
Here you will be able to see at first hand what the new system will look like and be shown basic functionality. This is not a replacement for training. If you require a training session please contact email@example.com directly.
The current Hampshire County Council email systems for schools (OWL and @mai)l are old and becoming unsupportable and need to be decommissioned and switched off in early 2014.
Hampshire IT is offering a free alternative email solution, Office 365 Email. See below if you wish to make arrangements to move to this system.
Arrange your own solution and move off OWL and @mail by January 2014.
Office 365 Email
Office 365 Email is similar to the Hotmail or GMail that you may use at home. Office 365 Email works best when accessed through Internet Explorer 10 or the latest Firefox, Chrome or Safari browsers. Each email account can store 50Gb of email and attachments.
The Hampshire IT supplied O365 email is linked to SIMS, which allows for automatic creation and deletion of accounts and management of passwords via the SIMS console.
Rather than being a shared, central email service (like OWL and @mail), each establishment will have its own independent Office 365 Email system including its own email domain name. However this means only contacts within the school are natively viewable so a simple website has been developed to allow access to view corporate contacts; a second website will also allow emails to be composed and sent to wider groups, such as all admin officers and headteachers.
How do I get it?
See our Office 360 email web pages for information about how to register your interest, the migration process and technical requirements.
Please fill in the web form to register your interest. You will then be contacted by the project team and asked to complete a form to match your existing email accounts to the new ones and also to gather details of shared accounts.
The project team use this information to complete the pre-migration configuration for your site. When this has been completed successfully you will be contacted to schedule a date for migration.
You will be given a ‘Getting Started Guide’, which is a step-by-step guide written by our eLearn eTeach colleagues. The project also offers a telephone ‘floor walk’ to help build your confidence in getting started on your migration day.
The eLearn eTeach team also offers bespoke training tailored to your needs at their standard rate – please contact them directly for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the day of migration to O365 there will be a 15 minute period, which can occur at anytime during the day, where emails sent to you will not get through. This is unavoidable and occurs when your old OWL and @mail accounts are redirected to your new email address.
It’s best to involve your IT support staff as security changes are sometimes needed to access the system. The details are on the project web site under Resources, Technical Information for Office 365 Email.
If you do not wish to move to this new, free Hampshire County Council email system then can you please make arrangements to move away from OWL and @mail by January 2014 as they are to be decommissioned. Please can you confirm this decision with the project team by email to email@example.com