A summary of the various features of the Office 365 suite of applications, which include email, calendar, file storage, collaboration tools and document creation.
Office 365 is the brand name used by Microsoft for a group of software plus services subscriptions that provides productivity software and related services to its subscribers. All University staff and students are able to access a wide variety of creativity and collaboration products as part of the Office 365 suite from a web browser on either personal computers or mobile devices at the following URL:
Some of the key features included with the University's subscription to Office 365 are outlined below. For a breakdown of our subscription, as well as service quotas and limits, please see Office 365 Service Levels
Feature-rich web browser access to University email, calendar and contacts, which includes:
Microsoft's file-hosting service that allows users to sync files from their local devices to their OneDrive cloud-based storage and later access them from a web browser or mobile device. It includes:
Within the Office 365 suite there are web-browser-based versions of a number of Microsoft's regular Office applications. This Office Online includes:
Skype For Business (formerly Lync) is a unified communications platform available to all staff and students that enables instant messaging, audio & video conferencing and online meetings. Benefits of using it include:
Delve is a feature of Office 365 that helps you discover the information that's likely to be most interesting to you right now all across the service. It allows you to find information about people - and through people - and help others find you. Even if you don't remember the title of a document or where it's stored, Delve is able to show you documents to which you already have permissions, no matter where they are in Office 365.
When you find a document you’re interested in, add it as a favorite or to a board to easily get back to it later.
Search for people, documents, or boards.
As part of the University's Office 365 subscription, all staff and students are entitled to download, install and activate up to 5 copies of Microsoft's traditional Office software on personal computers or mobile devices for as long as they remain members of the University. These locally-installed versions differ from the web-based versions inasmuch as they afford users much more control over the appearance, options and other abilities of the software. They allow users to:
There are various further features of Office 365 in which the University has not yet fully developed a presence, but which are accessible in your account. Please note: The following features are not yet considered as being fully supported at the University beyond a best-effort approach.
Newsfeed - A service to allow you to follow activity and conversations started by colleagues, or you create your own, complete with hashtagged trends.
Sites (SharePoint) - Create new team sites (intranets) and easily find and access those created by other colleagues.
Tasks - A feature allowing you to keep track of tasks that you need to do but don’t necessarily want to put on your calendar. These synchronise with Office 365 accounts set up in the desktop or mobile Microsoft Office software.
Sway - Create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and much more.