The Oxford Nexus email, calendaring, address book (etc.) service is built upon Microsoft Exchange. On 14 February 2012 we began the process of upgrading the service from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010. These pages are designed to inform you as to the impact of this change and what you may need to do.

Why do we need to upgrade to Exchange 2010?

The main benefit that most people will see is that Outlook Web App (or OWA) is improved, but also it is the same for users of the most popular browsers (not just Internet Explorer). This means that users of the recent versions of Firefox, Safari on Mac, Chrome and Internet Explorer will see the same functionality and a rich interface for web-based working. There are other benefits regarding the running of the service (more cost effective, easier to maintain) as well.

Look out for the following effects during and after the Valentine's day turn on. On 14 February 2012, the Nexus Team turned on some Exchange 2010 functionality and on 16 February further functionality was enabled. These changes had to happen before anyone is upgraded to the new service. However, there may be a few lasting effects:
  • Apple Mail users may need to re-configure their clients, or avoid using Apple Mail for a while. More information...
  • Davmail users (these are mostly people who use the Lightning calendar client with Thunderbird) may need to re-configure their clients. More information...
  • A few of the people who use the IMAP and POP protocols to pick up their email may have difficulties on and after 16 February. Warning emails have been sent to those who may be (inadvertently) using "NTLM" authentication. There is a simple one-time fix. More information...
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