What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

In today’s email:

UM to Migrate Email to New Cloud-Based System
The University of Miami has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to migrate its email to a new cloud-based system that will better meet the needs of faculty, staff, and students. Over the next 12 to 18 months, all current UMail email users on all campuses will be migrated to Microsoft Office 365. Your email address will not change.

Actually, I’m still on ALPINE, on a unix box. So my email just works … when it actually gets to me past all the filters, attachment limits, spam filters I don’t fully control, and erratic forwarding out of the Microsoft maze it has to navigate on its way to me.

My refusal to join the Microsoft ecosystem creates some problems when people try to send me meeting invites via Outlook, which I don’t even have on my computer. (“Friends don’t let friends use Outlook.”) The calendar requests are invisible to me. Other than that, I’m much happier than my poor co-workers who struggle with bad search, mailbox limits and other discomforts.

Supposedly 365 will make things better. It will certainly make all our email even more accessible to the NSA.

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One Response to What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

  1. Vic says:

    “Friends don’t let friends use Outlook.”

    Here, here!

    I was helping my wife on her Windows 8 box yesterday. It works, but you just feel like you have no real control of a behemoth, shrouded in mystery, that only APPEARS to be doing what you ask it to do. Give me the transparency (and security) of Linux any day.

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