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O365 Favorite Feature

September 20, 2017

Did you know that through NIU’s O365 agreement, all students, faculty and staff can download full versions of many Microsoft programs? And best of all – there is no additional cost to you!

In fact, you can download full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and OneNote on up to five of your PCs or Macs. Login to O365 to download Office for desktops and laptops, and get mobile-ready by going to your app store to download Office on up to 5 tablets and 5 phones.

What else is included for you in our O365 agreement? Here’s a quick look at some of the features and tools (links take you to Lynda courses – sign in with your NIU credentials):

Online Versions of Office: With the online versions, you can collaborate on docs in real time. Maybe you’re working on a report with a small group in your class – you can all be adding content or editing in the same online Word doc at the same time during class. Online versions include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

OneDrive for Business: Get 1TB of file storage and sharing with cloud-based OneDrive for Business. Tired of trying to remember which device you saved a file to? If you always save to ODFB, you’ll be able to access the file from any device, wherever you’re located. And you can easily share files or folders with another student or colleague.

Email, Calendar & Contacts: O365 email gives you a 50 GB inbox per user. That’s. A. Lot.

Skype for Business: Get unlimited online meetings and instant messaging. Did you know that Skype for Business allows you to choose to share your screen with others so you can demonstrate or present during a class or meeting?

Other Applications: You’ll also get Sway for presentations or newsletters, PowerBI for analytics, OneNote for class or meeting notes and lists, Yammer for NIU social networking, and more.

Microsoft is frequently adding applications and features, so don’t be surprised to see something new regularly.

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What next? Look for future “Favorite Feature” articles that will focus on specific features and applications in more depth.