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Office 365 Offers Collaborative Workspace, Cloud Computing, More

Office365LogoOffice 365 is NDSU’s cloud computing platform for faculty and staff. It’s webmail, but much more.

After logging in (from the NDSU home page under Online Services then Webmail), NDSU faculty and staff can access a variety of resources. The login defaults to:

Mail – You can access all your folders (click on More under Folders); read, send, delete or file messages.

Click on the blue square icon in the upper left to access other options:

Calendar, People and Tasks – These are similar to the Outlook client on your computer.

OneDrive – This is similar to your U drive -- a personal storage drive. You may choose to keep your documents here rather than on a desktop or laptop so you can access them from anywhere.

OneDrive folders can be shared, and people it’s shared with can edit the documents. However, if the person who created the folder leaves NDSU and his or her account is retired, the shared folders disappear.

Sites – Though the icon is titled Sites, the software is SharePoint. As its name implies, this program is designed for shared files and collaborative work. To create a SharePoint site for any group to work together, go to Request a SharePoint Team Site on the ITS website, complete the information and submit the request. You’ll receive a message from the NDUS Help Desk with a link to your site in

Be sure to click on Share in the upper right and enter the email addresses of the people you want to share the documents with. They each may select Alert Me to get an email every time someone makes a change to a document or adds a comment in the Newsfeed in the site.

Completed documents may be added to the site with the Upload feature, or documents may be created as New. Documents can be edited, and people can leave comments.

The Newsfeed provides for an online conversation.

Learn more about SharePoint on the Microsoft training site or contact Cj Johnson with ITS Instructional Services at (701) 231-6245. Or ask a member of the Extension branding committee or innovation team since those groups are using SharePoint extensively.

Becky Koch, Ag Communication Director, (701) 231-7875

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