M365 MARKS MAJOR MILESTONE!

July 28, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Following a rollout period that ended in mid-July, Michigan Medicine faculty and staff now have access to Office 365 (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook), along with OneDrive cloud storage, and SharePoint Online.

Together, these tools form a foundation for the complete Microsoft 365 (M365) “digital workspace” that HITS is introducing in stages between now and the end of 2021.

Next up, HITS will move Outlook (email, calendar, contacts, and notes) to the cloud, and upgrade its mobile device management system – replacing Intelligent Hub with a new tool (Intune) that lets users take full advantage of M365 features on mobile devices.

Shortly after, HITS will enable Microsoft Teams, a single, customizable “portal” that integrates multiple M365 tools to streamline work, enabling users to easily access files, chat with coworkers, have meetings and more — all in one place. (Teams will replace Skype for Business.)

Finally, HITS will introduce additional Microsoft-supported tools and applications that are specifically designed to leverage the platform’s cloud capabilities – including Forms, Planner, and Power Automate – making Michigan Medicine’s new digital workspace even better.

Once complete, M365 will seamlessly combine the best of desktop, web and mobile applications, enabling users to collaborate in real-time with anyone in Michigan Medicine from nearly anywhere, on virtually any device – providing a unified, streamlined experience that promotes productivity and collaboration, and helps people get things done!

Why M365?

Today, both where and how many people work is rapidly evolving — along with their technology needs. That’s why HITS is working to develop and support a robust M365 environment that will benefit Michigan Medicine by:

  • Enabling efforts to improve communication, productivity and collaboration in support of the core value of Teamwork.
  • Connecting colleagues and collaborators more deeply, through enhanced technologies and modern digital processes.
  • Increasing opportunities to consistently respond to individual, team and organizational needs, in the context of the modern workplace.

What’s next?

Stay tuned to Michigan Medicine Headlines for more details, including when new features and capabilities will become available, and how to prepare as each phase of M365 goes live!

Want to learn more?

  • Visit the M365 Learning Site for tutorials and learning opportunities to help you get ready and make the most of what it has to offer.
  • Visit org/365 for more information, including the latest project news and updates.

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