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At its core, Office 365 is the same suite of Office products and services you recognize, now provided through the cloud. Through Office 365, Microsoft offers more features in and greater access to the tools you use, both at work and at home, while providing the latest releases to its customers.

Office 365 is different in that it:

  • is cloud-based, meaning hosting will be provided by Microsoft servers and not UNC-CH servers
  • is a subscription-based service, giving UNC-CH easy access to the latest software releases
  • offers web-based access to software previously limited to a local installation

Why We Chose Office 365

The University decided to switch to Office 365 because it offers improved services and features to the UNC-CH community. For instance, the email quota will increase to 50GB, compared with 5GB today. In the future, the Carolina community will be able to take advantage of Microsoft applications hosted online by Office 365, such as OneDrive, which allows users to store and share work files.
After the migration, users will be able to access their Office 365 email, calendars, address books and tasks through Microsoft’s web interface, Outlook Web App, as well as their desktop email programs and mobile devices.

What to Expect

The migration of faculty and staff email and calendar functions to Office 365 will take place over the course of calendar year 2017. The project began in 2016 in incremental phases, beginning with ITS and then moving to early adopter schools and departments on campus.

The biggest change that the average user will experience is an increase in the number of cloud-based services available to them. We encourage you to visit the Office Training Center to learn more about some of the apps that will be available to the campus community over the course of the project.