It's time to say goodbye to sjamail.net and hello to sjabr.org. Next school year, all students will be moving from Google Apps to Office 365; with that change will come a new email address. At the start of the 2013-2014 school year, students, faculty and staff will all have sjabr.org email accounts. For students, that means your email address will look similar to this: email@example.com and will use your SJA network password. Your old sjamail.net accounts will remain active for three months after the start of the school year. This means you will still have access to all of your email, files, contacts, calendars, etc. It is expected that during this time, you will migrate any information that you want to keep to your new sjabr.org account. You will be provided with the tools and instructions to accomplish this. For instance, on next year's image, there will be a utility for you to use to migrate all your emails quickly and easily.
At the start of the year, you will need to create a forwarding address in Gmail that will forward your email to your new address during the three-month co-existence. This will stay active until the accounts are closed at the three-month deadline. After that, your old sjamail.net address will be added as an alias, and any mail destined for that address will wind up in your 365 email account. However, you will not be able to send from that address. Your primary address will remain sjabr.org.
Google provided us with a great service for approximately five years, but we feel that the Office 365 suite will offer even greater functionality. Like Google Drive, every student will receive a cloud storage account (aka SkyDrive) with 7GB of storage available (40 percent more than Google Drive). You will also get a desktop synchronization utility that operates in much the same way Google Drive did. The primary difference is that SkyDrive will be syncing to a service called SharePoint, which will enable you to share and collaborate on documents either from the web or directly from your MS Office desktop applications. In addition, everyone will have access to Lync, which is an instant messaging/video conferencing/collaboration application. It's like Skype but with a lot more built-in features.
We will post more updates as information becomes available. Google will be missed, but Office 365 looks promising.