Microsoft Office, File Storage and Account Login Changes Coming
January 23, 2020
Beginning 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, all U of I-managed computers on the U of I network that have an older version of Office such as 2010, 2013 or 2016, will have the installation of Office apps on their computer upgraded to Office 365 Pro Plus. If your computer is not on the network at 10 p.m. Jan. 27, to allow this upgrade, the Office 365 Pro Plus installation will begin the next time you connect the computer to the U of I network. This could cause an inconvenience if the installation starts when first connecting to the U of I network after Jan. 27.
How to avoid any inconvenience:
- Ensure the computer is on the network by 10 p.m. Jan. 27;
- Get on the U of I network at least four hours before a class or presentation to allow the install to happen; or
- Upgrade My Office now.
Changes continue to be made across several of the tools faculty, staff and students use at the university. These changes will bring the university’s storage and collaboration tools to current versions and solutions. Implementation of these tools supports the university's goals of improving collaboration and innovation and allows any user to create and share documents almost anywhere. These tools utilize services to which U of I is already subscribed, providing vastly increased storage at no additional cost for the university community.
The expected changes and anticipated target dates are as follows:
|Event||Targeted Time period*||Group(s) Affected|
|First Interim Change to Login Screens||Jan. 8 to March 8
Status: In progress
|All users of affected apps as scheduled during period (list of apps)|
|Microsoft Office Upgrade to 365ProPlus||Starting Jan. 27||Current faculty and staff devices with Microsoft Office**|
|U: drive Migration to Microsoft OneDrive||Feb. 3 to March 13||Faculty and Staff|
|Second Final Change to Login Screens||March 9||All users|
|U: drive Migration to Microsoft OneDrive||March 14-22||Students|
|Upgrade O365ProPlus||March 14-22||Classrooms and Labs|
|S: drive Migration to Microsoft SharePoint||March 23 to April 19||All except “Courses” and “Webpages”|
|S: drive Migration to Microsoft SharePoint||Fall 2020||“Courses” and “Webpages”|
* Targeted Time Periods above are subject to change.
** Exception process available for critical academic need, use link for How to request an exception.
For more information about the benefits of these changes or to initiate an early upgrade for Microsoft Office, use the following links:
- Account Login Changes (Cloud Authentication)
- File Storage Migration (U: drive and S: drive)
- Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Info (FAQs - Benefits, Differences, etc.)
- Upgrade My Office Now
Contact your Local Support staff with questions.
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