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    Is there anyway to delay the 2013 upgrade?

    I've already delayed it 4 weeks, but there is no option on the most recent email about the "automatic" upgrade

    Our staff are just getting used to the 2010 version :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    Why in a school would you run a mail server now?
    To keep your skill set in exchange up to date. Most of the schools sector may be running office 365, but most of the private sector are not. You have to keep your skill set alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bart21 View Post
    To keep your skill set in exchange up to date. Most of the schools sector may be running office 365, but most of the private sector are not. You have to keep your skill set alive.
    This is the sort of self-centred approach that causes entire school ICT systems to be outsourced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Is there anyway to delay the 2013 upgrade?

    I've already delayed it 4 weeks
    If you've used your option to defer it once then there's no way to change it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesbmarshall View Post
    If you've used your option to defer it once then there's no way to change it.
    Thanks, I would recommend Office 365 to anyone, in fact I think running a local exchange server is crazy in this day and age

    But I finally see the disadvantage of the cloud, sometimes you don't want the latest upgrades...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    But I finally see the disadvantage of the cloud, sometimes you don't want the latest upgrades...
    That's the major positive, or negative, about moving to the cloud though (with almost any provider, not just Microsoft).

    Over time I'd expect the notion of an upgrade (in a majorly disruptive sense) to become a bit passť, and things will just evolve.



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    James - is they any way I can speed up my upgrade - really want it to happen asap (before term starts)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nadeem View Post
    James - is they any way I can speed up my upgrade
    I love your enthusiasm but no, sadly you're scheduled a date and unless you choose to defer once, that's it.

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    Cheers - its because I have to show all my new students email and I can see the confusion in their faces already when they login a week later to discover its not the same!

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    Oh and just in case it makes any difference - I've signed the JANET Office365 agreement

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    Quote Originally Posted by nadeem View Post
    Cheers - its because I have to show all my new students email and I can see the confusion in their faces already when they login a week later to discover its not the same!
    I hear this a lot, but I don't think it needs to be as bad as people think.

    For example, you could welcome everyone back to school (or just "to school" for new starters ) with an email saying that in 'x' amount of time they'll see some big improvements coming to their inbox, and then provide them with some links to find out more, such as some of the resources here: Resources for Users and Power Users - Upgrade to Office 365 - Office 365 - Microsoft Office 365 Community, like: What's new in Outlook Web App - support - Office.com.

    Change doesn't have to be confusing, and I know first-hand that people don't read so you can't guarantee the effectiveness of the email campaign but it is a start.

    Why not sign-up for a second environment that you can use to make some screencasts or blog posts or other internal comms walking through the latest changes in the context of your school?

    Hold a competition for your students to submit their best top tips for the new update?

    I'm just throwing a couple of ideas out there, not saying they're good. But hopefully you can see there are ways to make a transition easier.

    How do other schools manage change with their users? What campaigns do they run? I'd love to know of any really successful stories, maybe they can be re-told on our blog!

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    Cheers - its because I have to show all my new students email and I can see the confusion in their faces already when they login a week later to discover its not the same!
    your students will have no trouble adjusting...it's the staff that will have issues. =)

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    At my place I have students from 18-80!

    My staff aren't on O365

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    Depending on your reason to speed the upgrade it may be possible but the reason must be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    This is the sort of self-centred approach that causes entire school ICT systems to be outsourced.
    Why is it self centred and why would it cause Entire ICT systems to be outsourced?

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