Spring break to bring new, larger email system for students

February 28, 2013 | UToday
By Samantha Watson

When students return from spring break, there will be a better email system put in place with new features.

On Monday, March 4, The University of Toledo will begin upgrading the rockets.utoledo.edu email system to a version built on Microsoft Office 365. The upgrade is expected to be finished by Wednesday, March 6. During this time, students will not be able to access and use their email.

Some of the features students will see include 15 more gigabytes of space and access to Microsoft Office tools online. This will help students create reports and presentations, collaborate with classmates, and share and edit documents from their Windows phone, iPhone, Android phone, Symbian phone, BlackBerry, PC and Mac.

At first, students will have two separate accounts with the same username and password — an Office 365 account that allows access to Microsoft Office and a personal Microsoft account that offers access to an online drive called “SkyDrive” and use of Microsoft Messenger. Both accounts will receive the same emails and only have different features, but UT hopes to merge the two by fall semester.

If students change their passwords for their UT accounts, it will update the Office 365 accounts but not the “SkyDrive” accounts. This upgrade is usable on any web browser, though it will require students to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 or higher or Microsoft Outlook 2007 or 2010.

If problems are experienced, visit ithelp.utoledo.edu, call 419.530.2400 or 419.383.2400, or email ithelpdesk@utoledo.edu.

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