Microsoft have started sending information out to different school about their current tenancy and it’s migration to Office 365 for education. Here’s that information if you don’t receive the emails.
Office 365 for education will provide free Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online to students, faculty, and staff.
Starting in summer 2012, Microsoft will begin upgrading educational institutions using Live@edu to Office 365 for education. This upgrade gives students, faculty and staff free access to the same versions of key Office 365 tools available to enterprises, extending your investment in Live@edu. This upgrade does not require mailboxes, calendars, or contacts to be moved; reprovision accounts; or re-train users on e-mail. Your users can keep their email address – plus get new tools that make it easier to communicate and collaborate.
The automated upgrade process will automatically subscribe you to Exchange Online Plan 1.
For now, continue to use your current Live@edu services and look for further announcements about the upgrade. You’ll receive an email letting you know when your institution can upgrade, including details on how to start the automated upgrade process and resources for notifying students and training your help desk.
There are several tasks you can do now to begin getting ready:
- Make sure your contact information and Institution Profile are correct in the Live@edu Service Management Portal.
- Review the Office 365 system requirements, and make sure all client desktops are ready.
- For a high-level preview of what to expect, visit the Live@edu to Office 365 upgrade centre.
We appreciate your commitment to the Microsoft platform. We look forward to upgrading your educational institution to Office 365 for education.
Microsoft Online Services