Windows Computing Environment Updates

What's happening?

Late last year, Michigan Medicine completed the rollout of the Microsoft 365 productivity suite, including Microsoft Teams – which is now our organization’s preferred tool for business (non patient-related) chat.

As a result, Skype for Business (including Persistent Chat groups) will be retired on March 31.

In conjunction, HITS will soon update many Michigan Medicine Windows computers to align available tools, improve functionality, and provide a more consistent user experience across our computing environment.

Some changes you can expect to see:

Windows Standard/Flex DESKTOP Computers

  • Folder backups to OneDrive: (These changes may happen anytime between March 1–25)
    • Various folders (such as Desktop and Pictures) will be automatically backed up to OneDrive, after which they’ll be available whenever you log in to M365.
    • Note: This change has already been applied to Windows LAPTOPS.
  • Start Menu (These changes may happen anytime between March 28–April 1)
    • Skype for Business will be removed from both the device and the Start Menu.
    • File Explorer will be replaced with OneDrive in the Start Menu.
    • File Explorer will still be available below, in the Taskbar.

Example: CURRENT Start Menu with Skype for Business and File Explorer

(Current) Start Menu with Skype for Business and File Explorer

Example: NEW Start Menu with Microsoft Teams and OneDrive Added

(New) Start Menu with Microsoft Teams and OneDrive

Still not seeing Teams after the upgrade? Try this ...

CoreImage Windows computers should have either the full Teams client installed or have a shortcut in their start menu to Teams on the web.  However, in some cases neither is present.  If you do not have the full Teams client and want to use it, follow these instructions.

Kiosk Computers

  • Office Upgrade/Start Menu changes (These changes may happen anytime between March 29–April 5)
    • Office 2016 will be upgraded to Office 2021.
    • Skype for Business will be removed from the device and the Start Menu.
    • “OWA” (Outlook Web Access) icon will be replaced with the Outlook icon, which will now open automatically in Microsoft Edge.

Example: CURRENT Kiosk Start Menu Configuration

(Current) Kiosk Start Menu Configuration

Example: NEW Kiosk Start Menu Configuration

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(New) Kiosk Start Menu Configuration

Following the upgrade, if you don't see the updated icons:

Please note: After a Kiosk computer has been updated, you may not immediately see the updated icon layout. If this happens, you may need to run "Workstation Cleanup" – the first time only – after which the new icon layout should appear whenever the device is used.

Example: Office 2016 Ribbon

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Example of Office 2016 Ribbon

Example: Office 2021 Ribbon

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Example of Office 2021 Ribbon