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Microsoft 365 Adoption

Microsoft 365 will be UNCG’s single destination for file storage and collaboration tools currently provided by Google Workspace, Box, and Zoom, beginning Spring 2023.

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Microsoft 365 Adoption

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Microsoft 365 will be UNCG’s single destination for file storage and collaboration tools currently provided by Google Workspace, Box, and Zoom, beginning Spring 2023.

What is it?

UNCG’s current work and collaboration tools include Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, etc.), Box, Zoom, and network file storage. Microsoft 365 will replace these tools with the traditional MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc), Teams, and OneNote.

Why are we doing it?

The University currently has multiple email, chat, and video conferencing platforms that work the same or similarly. At one time, many of these tools were provided for free. The days of free services have ended. Additionally, services and applications are getting more complex, requiring more training for campus users and IT staff. Streamlining these services will…

  • make user support and onboarding new users easier
  • cost less
  • make everyone’s experience the same
  • improve data security

How will I be impacted?

Although this migration will be disruptive, you will learn how to use new, dynamic tools that will make working, communicating, and collaborating better and easier.

When will this be implemented?

July 2023 is the current target date to complete this change.

What do I need to do?

Right now, the best thing you can do is start organizing your files in Box, Google Drive, and on all of your devices. ITS is coordinating comprehensive training. Follow ITS News for announcements on how and when training will take place.

Major Milestones

Fall 2022

Assessment of environment readiness and planning

Fall 2022
Spring 2023

Migration of files out of Box and Google Drive into MS OneDrive begins

Spring 2023
Spring 2023

Video migration from Zoom and Google Meet to MS Teams

Spring 2023
Summer 2023

Migration of email from Google to MS Outlook

Summer 2023

Related ITS News

  • UNCG is moving to Microsoft 365 as the single destination for file storage and collaboration tools currently provided by Google Workspace, Box, and Zoom. Information Technology Services (ITS) invites all students, faculty, and staff to participate in a survey about […]
  • UNCG is moving to one video-conferencing platform, Microsoft Teams. Encourage your colleagues to become early adopters by hosting Teams meetings now! This article will walk you through what you need to know to host collaborative and inclusive meetings in Teams. […]

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