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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 19, 2011

Northwest completing final phase of conversion to cloud email accounts for students

Northwest Missouri State University will complete its conversion to upgraded cloud e-mail accounts for students and Microsoft Exchange 2010 software by the end of October.

On Oct. 28, Catbert (N drive) storage and old email mailboxes will be deleted without backup. Students are urged to save any documents, contacts or messages from their old email as well as their Catbert.

Students may transfer documents to their SkyDrive storage, which provides 25 gigabytes of storage and can be found within their email at Outlook Live. SkyDrive is available by clicking the "Office" tab in Outlook Live and then selecting "My documents." Click and drag only works with files, not with folders. Folders need to be pre-created by the user in the SkyDrive.

Students may also move files to a personal flash drive.

Additionally, beginning Oct. 28, Northwest student email sent to will no longer be forwarded to the new Outlook Live accounts. Students should notify all contacts and have all email subscriptions changed to their new address.

As of May 1, all new student email accounts created use Those new student accounts never had Catbert storage, and all of their email and storage already exists within Outlook Live. 

The changes only affect student email and storage. Faculty, staff and miscellaneous emails are not moved to Outlook Live. Faculty and staff storage remains on Catbert.

The upgrades are part of a partnership with Microsoft that significantly increases email storage for students while trimming costs for Northwest. The upgraded email 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. 

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 email and office applications.  

Students who have questions about the email upgrades may contact the Help Desk by phone at 660.562.1634 or email the Help Desk.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468