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 "Office 365" refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other 'productivity' services that are enabled over the internet (cloud services). The University subscribes to Office 365 to allow all staff and students to benefit from the extensive range of features included at no additional cost. Some of these benefits include 1Tb to store documents, 50Gb email and access to download the latest Microsoft Office on up to 5 devices.
The product includes communication and collaboration tools like email & calendar, instant chat, discussion groups, conferencing and more. With a single University account, users can access document management features including real-time co-authoring with familiar Office online appls like Word, excel, powerpoint, easy storage and retreival with intelligent search capability and sharing options for both internal and external collaborators.
More details about key features included with the University's subscription are outlined below. For limits and boundaries of this subscription then refer to the 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.