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Moving to Microsoft 365

What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is the new suite of software that we have rolled out across the council. This replaces the previous Microsoft software that you had so that everyone has access to the most up to date programmes.

We have now:

  • replaced Lotus Notes email with Microsoft Outlook (web version) in phase 1
  • replaced Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016 with Microsoft 365 in phase 2. This software includes:
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Access
    • Outlook (client version)
  • introduced collaboration in Microsoft Teams 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 have migrated 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 has now been completed in 3 main installation phases as shown below. By installing it bit by bit, we were able to make sure you got the right training and support you needed, when you needed it. Check the following pages to learn more and for further support about each phase.

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