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Office 365 is the brand name Microsoft uses for a group of subscriptions that provide Office software.

The University’s subscription to Office 365 allows staff and students to use Microsoft Office apps on a variety of devices, provides storage space on OneDrive for Business and gives you access to Skype for Business.

In addition to the usual Microsoft Office apps, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote etc. Office 365 also offers additional collaboration and communication tools such as Groups and Teams and Yammer an enterprise social networking platform.

Office 365 allows users to always work with the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite anywhere, anytime and in real time. This is possible because Office 365 is a cloud-based service.

Finally, Office 365 allows you to install Office on up to 5 personal devices, meaning you can access your work or studies anywhere at any time and in a way that suits you.
Who is it for?

Free Office 365 software is available to:

  • All new students, once they have completed the UCO's online registration process
  • All existing students
  • Full-time and part time staff.
  • You can use this Office 365 subscription for as long as you remain a UCO student or member of staff.
  • Understanding the Cloud
  • The majority of you will already be using multiple cloud-based services every day. For example, if you use any kind of social media or online data drive, you’re already using the cloud.
  • The cloud is not a physical thing, it is a network of servers. Some servers provide an online service, like Office 365 online apps, and others allow you to store and access data, like Instagram or OneDrive (similar concept to Dropbox/Google Drive).
Understanding the Cloud:

The majority of you will already be using multiple cloud-based services every day. For example, if you use any kind of social media or online data drive, you’re already using the cloud.

The cloud is not a physical thing, it is a network of servers. Some servers provide an online service, like Office 365 online apps, and others allow you to store and access data, like Instagram or OneDrive (similar concept to Dropbox/Google Drive).

Benefits of working on the cloud?

Working on the cloud allows organisations to be nimble, efficient and cost effective. Where in the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows people to access the same kinds of applications through the internet. In this instance, instead of using the traditional Office apps on your desktop you can use them online, on the cloud, without installing them to your device.

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