Microsoft Office 365 Student Email Transition Information and Timeline

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At the request of the Student Association, we are very excited to announce that MSU students’ email, BullyMail, will be upgraded from Gmail to Microsoft Office 365 on February 26, 2020. Microsoft Office 365 offers a more secure environment with timely updates and enhancements, strong spam prevention, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), and seamless integration with Cisco Cloud Email Security (CES). In MSU’s Office 365 environment, two-factor authentication (2FA) will be required to access your email account via the desktop, mobile, and web clients.

Students will have access to Outlook, Office Online, Teams, OneDrive (will be integrated in Canvas), OneNote, Stream, and many more Office 365 services. Students will appear in the Global Address List (GAL). Students will be able to collaborate better with their instructors and MSU employees as a result of this upgrade.

Accessing Microsoft Office 365 Student Email


Accessing via web browser

Outlook on the web can be accessed at from any web browser.


Accessing via computer or mobile device application

See below for the preferred requirements to access Office 365 email from a computer or mobile device application. For more information on how to set up Office 365 email with the following applications, please visit the Outlook Setup and Access category of our knowledge base.

Computer Requirements



Mobile Device Requirements



  • Microsoft Outlook from the Google Play Store - Requires Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher
    See our knowledge base article for download instructions.
  • Built-in (native) Email and Calendar apps - Not compatible, the Outlook app is required

Helpful Articles About Microsoft Office 365 Student Email

BullyMail (Gmail) to O365 Email Migration - Frequently Asked Questions

Many frequently asked questions are answered in this article.

Identify a Specific Person in the Global Address List (GAL)

Since multiple people may have the same name, identification of a specific person in the Global Address List (GAL) or Address Book may be difficult.  See How To Identify a Specific Person in the Global Address List (GAL) for information on how to identify a specific person in the GAL.

O365 Calendar - Quick Tips

By default, other O365 users can't see details of your calendar entries, but can see that you have appointments.  The Quick Tips article explains how to remove access, share your calendar with specific people, set availability options and add holidays to your calendar.

Microsoft Office 365 Student Email Timeline

November 11, 2019 - The Student Association passed a Resolution to request an upgrade of the MSU Student Email system from Gmail to Microsoft Office 365 (O365).

November 25, 2019 - The Student Association officially notified the CIO of the Email upgrade resolution.

December 2, 2019 - The Executive Committee approved moving the student email to O365.

December 6, 2019 - Email to all Students announcing their email moving to O365.

December 6, 2019 - Email to Students with mobile devices that will not connect to the Outlook app.

February 10, 2020 - Email to Students describing the final steps of the migration.

February 14, 2020 - Email to Faculty and Staff announcing the Student Email Upgrade.

February 19, 2020 - Email to Students notifying them about the FAQ KB article.

February 26, 2020 - MSU Student Email system updated from Gmail to O365.


If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Service Desk.


Article ID: 1632
Wed 11/27/19 12:05 PM
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