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Small Non-profit with 30 employees currently using Office 2010 (no servers). Transitioning to Office 365 Business Premium. MS account in place and software available to download and setup.
I am the only IT person and an unpaid volunteer. Because of the complexity of moving the domain and email, I plan to “Move to Office 365 in stages” as described in the setup pdf.
?? Can I leave Office 2010 with Outlook as the current software for email AND install O365 on the same Windows client log in??
Once everyone is comfortable with O365 I will run the setup wizard to move our domain and email. Our domain host is Network Solutions with subscription ending 7/15/2021. I understand the transfer is easier with GoDaddy BUT we have 2 years left with Network Solutions.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Can you upload the setup pdf here please.
Why is the transition of domain to another hosting provider being tied to the upgrade of the Office package?
Hi StayCalm. Welcome to TechSoup!
This MS help file talks about how to migrate in stages.
RobertForum Moderator Robert L. Weiner ConsultingStrategic Technology Advisors to Nonprofit and Educational Organizationsrobert [AT] rlweiner [DOT] comwww.rlweiner.com
Thank you Robert for your reply. I have been away and unable to reply.
I will explain further this weekend.
Yes I have read much of the relevant text in this pdf. My concern is moving employees gradually into the Office 365 software without interrupting email service through our current provider, COX.net. I am the only IT person and a volunteer at that for 25 employees. The transition to a new email server and transfering our domain from COX to Microsoft is my concern. The email needs to be a smooth transition.
So can we continue using COX email with our Outlook 2010, install office 365 software on each computer and once the core group of users are using Office 365 move everyone to the new email and domain?
I am pasting the section of the document I referenced previously in the next post. The last sentence is the crucial one.
Thank you for your support!
Do you want to move your business to Office 365 all at once? If so, then plan to move your domain to Office 365 right away. Start by running the Office 365 setup wizard; it will prompt you to set up your domain.
Or do you want to move to Office 365 gradually? If you want to move to Office 365 in stages, then skip running the Office 365 setup wizard and consider adopting Office 365 features in the following order:
Add your employees to Office 365 so they can download and install the Office apps.
Download and install the Office apps to use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your computer and devices.
Install Skype for Business to use for your meetings.
Move your content to Office 365 cloud storage (OneDrive or team sites).
And, when you're ready, run the Office 365 setup wizard to move your domain and email.
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