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Moving to Microsoft 365

What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is the new suite of software that we are rolling out across the council. This is to replace the current Microsoft software that you'll already be familiar with. We replaced Lotus Notes email with Microsoft Outlook in phase 1. The software will also include:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Access
  • Teams (We've already rolled this out with limited functionality. We'll be adding more features in phase 3.)
Microsoft 365

Why are we using Microsoft 365?

Moving over to Microsoft 365 is part of the council's commitment to providing a modern workplace for a modern workforce. There are 3 main reasons why we are migrating to Microsoft 365:

  • Microsoft 365 will allow the council to be as effective and efficient an organisation as possible in the delivery of services for residents, businesses and communities.
  • Using these new technologies will allow the council to work in a more collaborative and secure way, helping us work together and securely with colleagues and external parties.
  • As was seen earlier this year with the initial rollout of Microsoft Teams, the technology allows the council to respond to ever changing circumstances, such as those presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When will we be able to start using Microsoft 365?

The migration over to Microsoft 365 includes 3 main installation phases as shown below. By installing it bit by bit, we can make sure you get the right training and support you need, when you need it. Phase 1 has now been completed.

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