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April 18, 2011
What students should know about Phase 1 of the e-mail conversion:
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University students can begin getting familiar with upgraded cloud e-mail accounts and Microsoft Exchange 2010 software that the University is implementing in three phases during the summer and fall trimesters.
New e-mail accounts for all students were created this month at https://www.outlook.com/nwmissouri.edu. Northwest students are being encouraged to access their new accounts to learn about the features associated with them.
Existing e-mail accounts are not affected by the change, and students maintain their current username, or "S" number. E-mail sent to accounts at nwmissouri.edu also will not be delivered to mail.nwmissouri.edu accounts at this time.
The new accounts will be Snnnnnn@mail.nwmissouri.edu where Snnnnnn is the same as the students' current domain login.
To access accounts at mail.nwmissouri.edu for the first time, students must change their domain password by following the directions by clicking here. Students may have to wait five minutes for the password to take effect. Passwords should be no longer than 16 characters due to restrictions of the cloud e-mail service.
Students will not be able to change their domain password using cloud e-mail and should use directions at the above link.
All new student e-mail accounts created after May 1, will use mail.nwmissouri.edu. Those students will not have Catbert storage and will be expected to use cloud storage affiliated with their new e-mail at https://www.outlook.com/nwmissouri.edu .
During ensuing phases, beginning in the fall, e-mail sent to nwmissouri.edu also will be delivered to the cloud, and the old exchange e-mail accounts at nwmissouri.edu will be closed.
The upgrades are part of a partnership with Microsoft that significantly increases e-mail storage for students while trimming costs for Northwest. The upgraded e-mail software also provides students with online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and a greater ability to share files.
The new system increases students' storage space from 50 megabytes to 10 gigabytes. Additionally, students will have access to 25 gigabytes of online storage space, compared to 30 megabytes of storage space designated for students on Northwest's Catbert server. However, there is no backup for anything stored on the cloud.
Additionally, full-time students at Northwest, who receive a fully-loaded notebook computer with their paid tuition, will receive new computers next fall that include Windows 7 software.
University officials note cloud computing is playing an increasing role in higher education, with more services and programs moving online, especially student services such as e-mail and office applications.
Students who have questions about the e-mail upgrades may contact the Help Desk by phone at 660.562.1634 or e-mail the Help Desk.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900
Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468