Be Ready for Office 365

We know you're tired of hearing about Office 365, but we also know how much you rely on email and we want to make sure the migration goes as smoothly as possible.

Next week we'll send you instructions for the migration itself. To be sure you're ready, please:

Training: Office 365 and Stat Software Bootcamps

We've arranged for DoIT trainers to teach several classes on Office 365 here in the SSCC, so if you'd like some help getting started with Office 365, or if you want to make sure you're getting the most out of it, we encourage you to register. Topics include email and calendaring using either Outlook or the Outlook Web App. They'll also teach a special class for administrators or anyone else who might have occasion to work with someone else's email or calendar.

Just before the Fall semester begins, SSCC staff will teach "bootcamps" on Stata, SAS, and R. These are very helpful for incoming graduate students and anyone else who is about to start doing research. If you know of anyone who would benefit from these classes, please make sure they're aware of them.

Set your Preferred Email Address

In the last account renewal process we asked everyone to tell us what email address you prefer we use to contact you. You can now change your preferred email address at any time on the web.

With the migration to Office 365 there will be some SSCC members who won't have a email address. We're in the process of converting all our tools to use your preferred email address instead. Setting a preferred email address and keeping it up to date ensures we'll be able to contact you when needed.

Office Available as Free Download after Office 365 Migration

Once you've migrated to Office 365, you can take advantage of the campus Microsoft license to install the latest version of Microsoft Office on up to five devices, including Macs and personally-owned computers. The option to do so is found in the Outlook Web App, but on a Windows PC you'll need to first download a small patch from the Campus Software Library. DoIT's KnowledgeBase has instructions.

Tip: Set Your Preferred Name

Office 365 gets your name from the UW personnel system, which by default is in all capital letters. Fortunately, you can set a preferred name and then Office 365 will use that instead. We highly recommend it.