The State of Vermont is collaborating with Microsoft regarding a migration of our Microsoft Enterprise suite of licenses to Microsoft® Office 365. We believe this transition will save money and increase functionality.
What is Office 365?
Office 365 is a set of applications that includes email, document and file creation, and collaboration tools. The good news is you have been using these tools for years. What will be different for many of us is the introduction of new versions of your old favorites. This includes the Outlook application for accessing email; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access); OneNote, a note-taking function; and SharePoint, a storage and application platform that permits file storage, application development, and collaboration.
Office 365 is referred to as a cloud-based service, and access to many of the tools is over the internet. For the majority, the Microsoft Office application you utilize regularly will continue to be accessed through your computer; however once you have migrated to Office 365, those applications will also be accessible over the internet and accessible from anywhere.
As mentioned earlier, this project includes an upgrade to the 2016 version of email, SharePoint, and the Office Suite.
Known Global Changes (from Microsoft)
- Microsoft changed the ability to allow Distribution List Owners to make changes to their list.
- Until further notice, submit a LANDesk Request to make the required changes -- https://itsupport.vermont.gov
- We are researching alternatives and will keep you updated once we have more information.
- Limit of sending messages to more than 500 recipients
- To discourage the delivery of unsolicited bulk messages, Exchange Online has recipient limits that prevent users and applications from sending large volumes of email. These limits are applied per-user to all outbound and internal messages. (This limit does not apply to distribution lists created in our Global Address List that contain more than 500 recipients)
- Recipient limit = This is the maximum number of recipients allowed in the To:, Cc:, and Bcc: fields for a single email message.
Note: Exchange Online customers who need to send legitimate bulk commercial email (for example, customer newsletters or press releases) should use third-party providers that specialize in these services.
A example of a third party would be http://www.constantcontact.com/
Recipient limit information is located on the Microsoft website: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/exchange-online-limits.aspx