SUMTER COUNTY

School District

Office 365

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Office 365 is a cloud-based service developed by Microsoft to provide safe, secure, remotely hosted, web-based email, calendaring and collaboration services to business and educational institutions. The servers and software that underpin Office 365 are based on Microsoft’s industry-standard Exchange messaging platform and Microsoft Office productivity suite. These servers reside in Microsoft’s data centers throughout the United States. Microsoft provides, free of charge, basic licensing for Office 365 to all staff and students in K-12 and higher education institutions.


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Why has the District migrated to Office 365?

We have used Microsoft's Exchange server for years but hosting them locally has limited e-mail to Faculty and Staff. It has also required much maintenance and constant updating due to limitations in hard drive capacity. 

  1. Microsoft now offers educational institutions e-mail and collaboration tools,Office 365, at little or no cost. Office 365 provides these tools without the need for additional software, hardware, or storage equipment. Microsoft’s technicians and engineers manage all aspects of security, system updates, and data backups. They maintain a 99% uptime guarantee.
  2. The Florida Department of Education has adopted Office 365, and it is rapidly gaining ground in school districts, colleges, and universities.
  3. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Office 365 is built on the industry-standard Exchange email platform and Microsoft Office productivity suite (Word, Excel, etc.), which integrate natively to the most common computing devices (desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones) and operating systems (Windows, Mac OS, and iOS).
  4. We can now offer all students e-mail, on-line file storage and collaboration with their teachers and other students.
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