Information Technology

What is Office 365?

If you're brand new to Office 365, you might be wondering what it is and how it works. Or maybe you're wondering what to do after you've signed in and installed your Office apps on your devices. We're here to help! Use this article to learn your way around Office 365.

In a nutshell, Office 365 is a collection of apps and cloud services that you can use to be productive across a variety of devices from just about anywhere. Our subscription includes the latest release of Office that you can install on your Windows and Mac computers and a variety of mobile devices. All plans include online versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Getting to Know Office 365 PDF file

What can I use it on?

The good thing about the Office 365 subscription is that it's one payment that covers whichever device on whichever platform you want to use it on.

Office now has a presence on every major platform. There are desktop apps for Windows and Mac, there are mobile apps for iOS and Android as well as Windows Phone.

We also now have the touch office apps that are available on Windows 10 and iOS which will, in some cases (like on 10+inch devices), require Office 365. Likewise to get full functionality out of the Android and iOS Office Mobile apps you'll need a subscription. All active Fort Lewis College Faculty, Staff, and Students have an active Office 365 Enterprise E1 subscription.

Office 365 Enterprise E1 includes:

Online services

Email and calendars

Email and calendars Tooltip Icon

Use business-class email through a rich and familiar Outlook experience you can access from your desktop or from a web browser using Outlook Web App. Get a 50 GB mailbox per user and send attachments up to 150 MB.  Learn more

Online Meetings

Online Meetings

Host online meetings with audio, HD video, and web conferencing over the Internet. Join meetings with a single touch or click from the smartphone, tablet, or PC of your choice. Learn more

Meeting Broadcast

Meeting Broadcast

Broadcast Skype for Business meetings on the Internet to up to 10,000 people who can attend in a browser on nearly any device. Optionally include Bing Pulse for real-time polling and sentiment tracking, and Yammer, to enable dialogue during the broadcast. Learn more

Instant messaging and Skype connectivity

Instant messaging and Skype connectivity Tooltip Icon

Connect with other Skype and Skype for Business users via instant message, voice calls, and video calls, and let people know your availability with your online status. Learn more

File storage and sharing

File storage and sharing

OneDrive for Business gives each user 1 TB of personal cloud storage that can be accessed from anywhere and that syncs with their PC/Mac for offline access. Easily share documents with others inside and outside your organization and control who can see and edit each file. Learn more

Team sites

Team sites

Enable easy access and sharing of documents with 10 GB of baseline storage plus 500 MB of storage per user. Share insights through interactive reports with Excel Services and Visio Services and view them on mobile device browsers that support HTML5. Learn more

Corporate Social Network

Corporate Social Network

Yammer collaboration software and business applications allow your employees to connect with the right people, share information across teams, and organize around projects so they can go further, faster. Learn more

Office online

Office online

Create and edit Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel documents from a browser. Learn more

Professional digital storytelling

Professional digital storytelling

With Sway, a new Office 365 app, you can easily create engaging, interactive web-based reports, presentations, newsletters, trainings and more—right from your phone, tablet, or browser. Sways are easy to share and look great on any screen. Learn more

Search and discovery

Search and discovery

Stay in the know. Search and discover content across Office 365 based on personalized insights. Office Delve is the first experience to be powered by Office Graph, a collection of analyzed signals or insights derived from each user’s behavior and relationships to content, topics, and contacts. Learn more

Corporate video portal

Corporate video portal

Easily manage videos within your organization. Office 365 Video is a company-wide destination for video upload, sharing and discovery, and smooth playback across devices. Learn more

Apps for Office and SharePoint

Apps for Office and SharePoint

New third-party and customer-developed apps work with Office and SharePoint to bring web services right into your documents and sites.

All Office 365 for business plans include:

Reliability

Reliability

Get peace of mind knowing your services are available with a guaranteed 99.9% uptime, financially backed service level agreement (SLA).
Security

Security

Cutting-edge security practices with five layers of security and proactive monitoring help keep customer data safe. Learn more
Privacy

Privacy

Your data is yours. We safeguard it and protect your privacy. Learn more
 
Up to date

Up to date

No need to pay for version upgrades; updates are included in your subscription. New features are rolled out to Office 365 customers in an IT-configurable experience.