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Office365

University uses Microsoft Office365 mail service, therefore access to your mail and calendars is almost standard as Microsoft servers support IMAP, POP3 and SMTP protocols.

I'd recommended to use Thunderbird with the following 'must have' add-ons:

  • [Lightning] (Calendar and task manager)
  • [LookOut] (for compatibility with MS Outlook attachments)
  • [Exchange Provider] (Provider for Exchange Calendar and Address Book)

IMAP (incoming mail) settings:

  • Server Name: outlook.office365.com
  • Port: 993
  • User Name: your_VUW_login@staff.vuw.ac.nz or your_VUW_login@student.vuw.ac.nz
  • Connection security: SSL/TLS
  • Authentication Method: Normal password

SMTP (outgoing mail) settings:

  • Server Name: smtp.office365.com
  • Port: 587
  • Connection security: STARTTLS
  • Authentication Method: Normal password
  • User Name: your_VUW_login@staff.vuw.ac.nz or your_VUW_login@student.vuw.ac.nz

Calendar

Open Thunderbird File > New > Calendar

Select “On the Network”

Select “Microsoft Exchange 2007/2010/2013”

Set calendar display settings and attach it to the configured Office365 email account

Enter the following configuration:

Press the “Check server and mailbox” button, it should populate “Folder base: Calendar folder” and set the Path for you

Press Save

Address Book

Open the address book and click “Add Exchange contact folder” in the menu bar

Enter the following configuration:

  • Name: Any meaningful name, e.g. Office365 Contacts
  • Refresh: 3600
  • Add list to search: Checked
  • Use autodiscovery: Unchecked
  • Server URL: https://outlook.office365.com/EWS/Exchange.asmx
  • Primary email: Name.Surname@vuw.ac.nz
  • Username: your_VUW_login@staff.vuw.ac.nz
  • Domain: 'n/a'
  • Share Folder Id: 'blank'

Press the “Check server and mailbox” button, it should populate “Folder base: Contacts folder” and set the Path for you

Press Save