The Office 365 suite is an online version of the traditional Microsoft Office software. This online service includes Office Online, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online. The number and type of applications that are available changes regularly and the options you have available may not be all that are listed here. If you require more information please refer to the following page: MS Office 365
Office 365 is offered as an evergreen (online) service whereby new features are delivered continuously so great new applications are available almost every day! Office 365 offers a first-release programme whereby some individuals receive new features before the wider rollout. Several members of IT Services staff are on this programme in order to test new features in our specific setup, and make applications available that will compliment the way we work.
It is possible to use Office 365 offline in some cases. For example, Email, Calendar, People, and OneDrive for Business all offer offline or synchronisation functionality so that you can continue to work even when no Internet connection is available. More information can be found here
If you are using PC or mobile device with the OneDrive for Business Sync Client (http://onedrive.com/download) you can work on your documents independently of your internet connection. Using Office Online requires an internet connection but Office Online saves your work automatically so if you lose your connection any loss should be minimal.
Where documents are synchronised to your device there would be no impact as your device would simply resume the synchronisation process when the connection returned. If you are editing a document or using Email online via a Web Browser the built-in autosave features would minimise any loss.
Support is provided by IT Services in the same way as On-Premises services
OneDrive for Business
OneDrive for Business is an integral part of Office 365, that provides a place for you to store, share, and sync your work files. You can update and share your files from any device with OneDrive for Business. You can even work on Office documents with others at the same time. Click here for more information.
You may already have OneDrive at home with your free consumer Microsoft/Outlook.com account. This is a personal/consumer service and is not provided or managed by IT Services at Loughborough University.
IT Services provide your OneDrive for Business for University related purposes. Your OneDrive for Business is managed by Loughborough University and lets you share and collaborate on work documents with co-workers.
Unlimited capacity – starting at 5TB per person, with the University able to request higher amounts where required for University activities.
Security – With online storage services, data is encrypted both during transmission and while at rest, ensuring no unauthorized users can access the files.
Recovery – Your documents are automatically backed up. A recycle bin and complete version makes recovering work quick and simple.
Accessibility – From tablets to smartphones, netbooks to desktops, you can access your account from any internet connection, whether you're on a mobile browser or a University computer.
Syncing – Syncing ensures your files are automatically updated across all of your devices. This way, the latest version of a file you saved on your desktop is available on your smartphone.
Sharing – Whether you want to share a single document or an entire folder with hundreds of documents, OneDrive for Business allows you to easily share files with just a few clicks.
Collaboration – OneDrive for Business allows multiple people to edit and collaborate on a single file or document. You don’t have to worry about tracking the latest version or who has made what changes!
(adapted from www.toptenreviews.com)
OneDrive for Business can be accessed via a web browser at http://onedrive.lboro.ac.uk.
In University provided computer labs you will access your OneDrive for Business by using the web browser or the internet shortcut provided on the desktop.
If you forget your University log-in/password please follow the guidance on our password guidance pages.
There are some restrictions and limitations when you sync files and folders, including certain strings in filenames such as COM[1-9], LPT[1-9], NUL and AUX. For a full list please see here. However, it should be noted that with web services like Office 365 these change quickly. For example, at the time of writing, the file name path limit has increased – Click here for more information.
Office Online (previously called Office Web Apps)
Office Online (previously Office Web Apps) is an online office suite offered by Microsoft as part of Office 365, it allows users to create and edit files using lightweight, web browser-based versions of Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Click here for more information.
Internet Browser support is listed here.