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Office 365 Email Migration Project

We are excited to announce that starting in 2018, university email and calendars will be moving to Office 365. Some benefits of moving to Office 365 is the introduction of enhanced security functions, increased storage capacity (50 GB per email account) and the ability to offer other Microsoft collaboration tools such as Skype for Business and OneDrive in the future.

If you have any questions about this change or require assistance please contact IT Support Services at 306-966-2222 or

What are the Benefits of Office 365?

Larger Email Quotas

Email quotes for Office 365 will be 50GB

Enhanced Email Security 

Office 365 offers enhanced security functions to safeguard against information loss or theft. As part of the project, a new Spam filtering and reporting function will be added to each mailbox allowing users to report unwanted email with a simple click. This function will be introduced in January 2018 on all USASK email accounts and replace the current ICT Quaranteened Spam email messages that users are accustomed to seeing. 

Updated Outlook Web App (OWA)

An enhanced web browsing experience, including:

  • Updates to closer resemble the UI look of Outlook apps on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
  • Focused Inbox feature
  • Better mobile device support
  • Improved navigation for switching between Mail, Calendar, and People.
  • More prominent search command.
  • Ability to switch between emails without returning to the message list.
  • Time strip updated to show the full week on the calendar.
  • Improved UI for creating new events and using the scheduling assistant in Calendar.

Future Addition of Microsoft Collaboration Tools 

The introduction of Office 365 will allow for the future integration of other Microsoft collaboration tools such as Skype for Business and OneDrive.

What will change?

We will be replacing our current Exchange email service with Microsoft Office 365. Most users will see little change in their everyday email interface. A good portion of the activities will be focused on replacing the technical infrastructure and not the software you use.

The big change will be that the central Exchange email service will be hosted in the cloud. Note that all emails will be stored on servers in Canada. We will benefit from Microsoft’s huge email infrastructure, which is backed by a large team of experts. They have dedicated round-the-clock specialists to maintain the services. 

Another change is that the university will use Microsoft's Office365 Spam filtering service. This change will automatically reroute spam messages directly to your Junk Email folder.  For more details on the Spam filtering change, please go to

What will not be changing?
  • Your email address will not change
  • Departmental accounts will continue to be available
  • Delegate rights and access still be available
  • The interface will be the same for most users
  • Support for the tools will be provided by IT Support Services
When will the changes be occurring? (Migration Schedule)

USASK email accounts will begin migrating to Office 365 in the following order:

  • Alumni email accounts - starting February 2018
  • Student email accounts - starting May 2018
  • Faculty and staff - starting January 2019
New email setup guides for Office 365

Once your account is migrated to Office365, you may need to update your email settings using these setup guides

Post email migration known issues and FAQ
Spam Filtering and Security Notifications
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