Updates to Michigan Medicine Windows computing environment — now through early April 

March 2, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Late last year, Michigan Medicine completed the rollout of the Microsoft 365 (M365) productivity suite, including Microsoft Teams — which is now the organization’s preferred tool for business (non patient-related) chat. 

As a result, Skype for Business (including Persistent Chat groups) will be retired on March 31. 

In conjunction, HITS will soon update many Michigan Medicine computers to align available tools, improve functionality and provide a more consistent user experience across our Windows computing environment. 

Some changes you can expect to see: 

Windows Standard/Flex DESKTOP Computers 

  • Folder backups to OneDrive: (These changes may happen anytime between March 1–25
  • Various folders (such as Desktop and Pictures) will be automatically backed up to OneDrive, after which they’ll be available whenever you log in to M365. 
  • Note: This change has already been applied to Windows LAPTOPS. 
  • Start Menu (These changes may happen anytime between March 29–April 5) 
  • Skype for Business will be removed from both the device and the Start Menu. 
  • File Explorer will be replaced with OneDrive in the Start Menu. 
  • File Explorer will still be available below, in the Taskbar. 

Click here to see “before and after” examples. 

Kiosk Computers 

  • Office Upgrade/Start Menu changes (These changes may happen anytime between March 29–April 5
  • Office 2016 will be upgraded to Office 2021. 
  • Skype for Business will be removed from the device and the Start Menu. 
  • “OWA” (Outlook Web Access) icon will be replaced with the Outlook icon, which will now open automatically in Microsoft Edge. 

Click here to see “before and after” examples

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