An upgraded student e-mail system at Marshall will result in more available services and an easier, single sign-on system for student accounts, beginning July 15.
The system, powered by Microsoft Office 365 (previously known as Live@edu), will be available for all Marshall students. The upgrade will not impact MU faculty and staff using the university-hosted Outlook/Exchange e-mail, but faculty and staff are asked to pass along this information to students who may need it, said Jody Perry, executive director of technology services with Information Technology.
Marshall has been part of the Live Mail program with Microsoft since 2010. Microsoft has since discontinued the Live Mail service and replaced it with Office 365. Some of the features of Office 365 are improved e-mail and calendaring, web conferencing, instant messaging, file storage and sharing and team web sites. Not all of the new services will be available immediately but will be in the near future.
“Office 365 is a big upgrade for students that will give them online tools much like the Microsoft Outlook services used by companies around the world,” Perry said. “It’s more than just better email – it includes calendar and task management features that will help them keep up with their busy schedules and coursework.”
Perry said students using mobile devices to connect to their e-mail will need to update their credentials and log in with their MUNet username and password to access their e-mail. If they don’t do this, they will not automatically receive e-mail on their phones. Students who do not know their MUNet credentials may visit www.marshall.edu/munetlookup to get their usernames and reset their passwords. Their e-mail address will remain the same.
The upgraded Office 365 system will be easily accessible through the updated Marshall University portal, myMU (www.marshall.edu/myMU).