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Rita Girardi, ITS Communications

Rita is a member of the ITS communications team and editor of Michigan IT News. Contact her at girardi@umich.edu.

NSF awards almost $3 million in grants to MIDAS, ITS

The National Science Foundation recently recognized the Michigan Institute for Data Science and Information and Technology Services with grants totaling almost $3 million to support research in data equity, security, and privacy. Data science is an important tool that can help researchers tackle important societal challenges ranging from mobility and health to public safety and education. But data… Read More »

ITS completes launch of new Microsoft 365 platform

Despite some last-minute challenges and unexpected bumps in the road, ITS Collaboration Services has successfully launched the new Microsoft 365 platform, completing a process that began over six months ago. U-M’s re-negotiated licensing agreement with Microsoft will provide an expanded set of tools and services to faculty, staff, and students, including both online and desktop versions of the… Read More »

Microsoft 365 coming June 28: Here’s what you need to know

Read the FAQ and review the User Impacts and Data Migration page for a complete list of tools and applications affected by this change, as well as details on user impacts, migration paths, and actions needed. As previously announced, under Microsoft’s new licensing model, U-M will have access to Microsoft 365, including the Office 365 suite and potentially… Read More »

Women in IT CoP reaches out to local students

Monica Hickson of ITS Infrastructure presented on behalf of the Women in IT Community of Practice as part of the Career Exploration Speaker Series at Pioneer High School on Friday, April 5.   Hickson, who is an instructional designer, spoke to a group of 23 students about Instructional Design as a career path. She described what it takes… Read More »

Microsoft 365 project update for academic campuses

As previously announced, U-M recently re-negotiated the licensing agreement with Microsoft, which will provide an expanded set of tools and services to faculty, staff, and students. Late last week, the team discovered a set of issues that requires a delay of the targeted release date for academic campuses from early May to late June/early July. As part of… Read More »

Important: Some U-M Google+ content is going away

As communicated in December 2018, Google stated that Google+ would remain available in U-M Google after Google retires its consumer version of G+. However, the ITS Collaboration Services team has recently become aware that there are important exceptions that could affect some campus accounts in Google+. (Be sure to read Google’s documentation for details and the most recent… Read More »

CTools retirement set for July 1, 2019

ITS has announced that the final step in the multi-year process to decommission CTools will take place on July 1, 2019 when the platform will be retired and content will no longer be accessible. For more than a decade, the U-M community had used CTools for learning management, file sharing and storage, project collaboration, and research support. The… Read More »

U-M re-negotiates Microsoft licensing agreement

The university’s recently re-negotiated licensing agreement with Microsoft will provide an expanded set of tools and services to U-M faculty, staff, and students. Under Microsoft’s new streamlined licensing model, U-M will have access to Microsoft 365, an all-in-one Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, including the Microsoft Office 365 suite and potentially other Microsoft services. The new agreement… Read More »

U-M experts figure prominently in election coverage

In the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, concerns about hacking, transparency, and the influence of “fake news” on election outcomes garnered unprecedented coverage by news organizations. Both national and local media often reached out to U-M experts in cybersecurity, social media, and data analysis to provide perspective, interpret research, and explain the challenges of our current electoral… Read More »

Own a Google Site? Now is the time to think about converting to new Sites

As first announced on July 18, Google has provided an automatic migration tool to transfer from Google “classic” Sites to new Sites. “Although Google has not yet announced a date to end classic Sites, we strongly encourage you to start preparing now to convert your classic Sites,” says Brian Cors, ITS service manager for U-M Google. “This will help avoid… Read More »

Google announces cutover dates for the new Gmail

Google recently announced the following dates for the rollout of the new Gmail interface: September 18: Google automatically switches everyone to new Gmail. Users can still revert to “classic Gmail” for one month. October 16: Everyone will be permanently switched to new Gmail and “classic Gmail” will no longer be available. Users can currently opt in to the… Read More »

Changes to Office 365 Education for U-M alumni & retirees

Previously, Microsoft allowed anyone affiliated with an educational institution to sign up for a free, personally-provisioned Office 365 Education account by using their .edu email. Due to a shift in the way that Microsoft licenses their products to the university, alumni and retiree Office 365 accounts will be decommissioned by July 31, 2018. The new licensing approach by… Read More »