Will the end user experience anything different other than the additional apps? We have live@edu here, and it is excellent. I just wouldn't want to sign up to something if the interface changes without discussing it with SLT.
Would it be possible to sign up, migrate and disable everything so we can test and add to our environment as and when we choose to?
Sorry if I haven't explained this well!
dgardner (2nd July 2012)
It's quite hard to pin things down, but my current(!) theory is: However you get to Office365 (via one of the migration phases or a brand new one) you can get a variety of different licences for free and the licence type you assign to a given user determines what feature they get. If you just want users to have the same-as-Live@Edu e-mail then you can assign Exchange Online (Plan 1) licences to them, and for testing sharepoint+lync at your leisure assign Microsoft Office 365 (Plan A2) to test accounts until you've got it all working & shiny, at which point you can upgrade all your users to A2.
I haven't checked every last detail for devils yet, but as above the user e-mail experience is effectively identical. You lose any branding you've added to Live@Edue.g. no more "St Trinians" and titchy logos, just the generic Office365 one. No SkyDrive etc. links in the banner, you get Home, Outlook & Team Site links instead.
Has anyone migrated from Google Apps to Live@Edu/Office365?
I am going to be looking at doing this - probably wouldn't bother moving over the students existing mailboxes (give them new empty ones), but we would need to do the staff ones and I get the feeling it will be a painful experience!
How To Migrate Mailboxes Between IMAP Servers With imapsync | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials worked well for me and freed the users from the usability crime that is squrielmail. I just used an Ubuntu vm as you only need it to run the migration.
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There are even built in tools Migrate E-Mail from an IMAP Server with Windows PowerShell and Using Powershell to import contacts into Exchange and Outlook Live | Steve Goodman's Exchange Blog @CyberNerd they might like the upgrade from a glorified telnet session
In the interest of keeping the thread on topic ... could a separate thread be raised to talk about the comparative analysis of Office365 and Google Apps for Education? I'm as guilty as the next person of generating this sort of thing into a circular argument but we could take it as read that any announcement of something from either offering will feed into the discussion instead?
I've been looking at Live@Edu and set up an additional domain to test it on - All is wonderful in the world...Then when I go to login to the service at one of my Derbyshire schools.. I find EMBC have blocked it - Asked them about it and the possibility of unblocking it, and got a "not a chance" response.
I tried setting up Google Apps for Education and found it gets the same treatment - I understand that a lot of the "controllers" don't trust "the Cloud", but time for a reality check perhaps?
It will be fun when Office 365 gets going.
Anybody using the EMBC/LEA setup got anywhere with this?
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