Microsoft Office 365

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Office 365 Guide

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IMPORTANT NEWS - Office 365 Upgrade on July 24th

On July 24th, 2017 an upgrade to Office 365 will be launched. This will require you to use a new username to access your email, OneDrive for Business, and other Office 365 services when you login. You should be prompted to re-enter your credentials on any device and application that connects to Office 365 services (e.g., laptop, tablet, phone). Your new username will be:

  • Students: [Your StarID]
  • Employees [YourStarID]

For more information, please go to Microsoft Office 365 migration.

What is Microsoft Office 365 Services?

  • Microsoft Office 365 is now Winona State’s email and storage solution for all employees and students.
  • Included in our package is 1 TB of file storage space on OneDrive for Business and Outlook email with 25 GB of space.


1.Outlook - WSU Email for the WSU Community. - Sharing files and folders

2. Calendar

2. OneDrive for Business-File storage and sharing. OneDrive for Business syncs with your other mobile devices for offline access. Easily share documents with others through Office or SharePoint.

  • This is not to be confused with a personal OneDrive account. OneDrive is a personal account that you may have while OneDrive for Business is included with Office 365 for your professional/business/school documents/files.

3. Office Web Apps (see descriptions of each below).

Login To Office 365 From the WSU Web Site

You can login to your Office 365 account by clicking "Resources" and then "Office 365 & eMail" (found on the top of the WSU homepage).


What's Available in Office 365?

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365 logo2.png  Office 365 Login Information

  • WSU Students and Employees: To log into your WSU mail go to In the top right corner click on "Resources" and then "Office 365 & eMail".

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365 logo2.png  Office 365 Settings

At the top right of your email, you will be able to change many of your settings within Outlook 365.

Options Include:

  • Changing Your Theme
  • Changing Your Start page
    • Log into Office 365
    • Click on the Gear icon in the top right of the navigation bar

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    • On the settings page, click the drop-down list under Set your start page on the right-hand side, select your desired application or the Office 365 home page.
    • Click on Save
  • Notification Area
  • Installing and Managing Software
  • And Much More

365 logo2.png  Outlook 365 (WSU Mail)

Office 365 includes Outlook Web App so you can get to your email whenever you are online, even if you are away from your desk or using your mobile phone or tablet. To get to Outlook Web App go to or sign in to Office 365, then at the top of the page click Outlook, Calendar, or People.Included 25 GB for your email.

For more information, visit: Microsoft Outlook

Important Links

365 logo2.png  Calendar

Your calendar lets you create and track appointments and meetings. You can create multiple calendars, link to other people’s calendars, and even share your calendar with other people in your organization.

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365 logo2.png  People

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This is where all of your contacts are stored. Contacts may be added in manually, linked from a web app, or synced with a mobile device such as your mobile phone. You can view a directory of all rooms here on campus and all students and professors here on campus. You can email multiple people at once, find phone numbers, and create contact lists (which you may remember as being referred to as "distribution lists" in previous versions of Outlook). From the directory you can find or create sites that you can share with a number of people to work on projects or share information.

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365 logo2.png  OneDrive for Business and Web Apps

Microsoft OneDrive for Business is an industrial-strength, business-class file storage and management service built on Microsoft's SharePoint technology. OneDrive for Business is in the cloud, a geeky way of saying that your files are stored off campus on a Microsoft file server that you can access via the Internet.Included in our package is 1 TB of file storage space on OneDrive for Business.

Note: OneDrive for Business is different from OneDrive, which is intended for personal storage separate from your workplace. OneDrive for Business is also different from your team site, which is intended for storing team or project-related documents.

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For a quick way to learn about OneDrive for Business, its services, and how to use it, follow these links or check out our Microsoft OneDrive for Business page.

365 logo2.png  OneNote

Microsoft OneNote is a new and improved easy-to-use note-taking and information-management program where you can capture ideas and information in electronic form. Saving your files out to a personal Microsoft OneDrive account allows you to sync your OneNote information across all of your mobile devices so you can access your notes at any time.

For more information, visit: Microsoft OneNote

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365 logo2.png  PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a type of presentation software that allows the user to create a slideshow in order to showcase information. It is commonly used by teachers to display notes in large lecture classes. PowerPoint is part of the Microsoft Office package.

For more information, visit: PowerPoint

365 logo2.png  Word

Microsoft Word, or Word as it is commonly known, is a software application in the Office suite that allows you (the user) to perform word processing. You may use Word to create documents such as letters, invitations, term papers, flyers, resumes, novels, and much more!

For more information, visit: Word

365 logo2.png  Sway

Microsoft Sway is a presentation authoring tool. It's similar to PowerPoint in that you add text, images, media, links and other content to slides or what Sway calls cards. Just like PowerPoint slides, Sway cards are organized into a deck or a storyline. You can then apply effects and designs to enhance your presentation.

For more information, visit: Sway

365 logo2.png  Excel

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet tool that has the capability of performing tasks such as calculating equations, creating graphs and creating tables.

For more information, visit: Excel

365 logo2.png  Forms

Microsoft Forms is a new part of Office 365 Education that allows teachers and students to quickly and easily create custom quizzes, surveys, questionnaires, registrations and more. When you create a form, you can invite others to respond to it using any web browser, even on mobile devices.

For more information, visit: Forms

365 logo2.png  Planner

Planner is a new and improved way for businesses, schools and organizations to structure teamwork easily and get more done. With Planner, teams can create new plans; organize, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files, while visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on progress.

For more information, visit: Planner

365 logo2.png  Yammer

For those of you unfamiliar with the product, Yammer bills itself as an enterprise internal social network and central hub for team collaboration. It mixes the typical chat messenger application with collaboration tools available in Office 365. From within a Yammer discussion, teams can set up meeting appointments using Outlook, switch to a full-fledged Skype for Business video meeting, and access OneDrive for Business to create collaborative documents.

For more information, visit: Yammer

365 logo2.png  Tasks

Use your Tasks folder to keep track of things that you need to do but don’t necessarily want to put on your calendar.

For more information, visit: Tasks

365 logo2.png  Video

Office 365 Video allows employees to find, discover, and view important topics and ideas across the company—across their devices—staying informed and in unison.

For more information, visit: Video

365 logo2.png  Delve

Microsoft Delve is a data visualization and discovery tool that incorporates elements of social networking and machine learning with the search capability of the Microsoft Office 365 Suite. The user experience centers on a personalized profile page, which includes displays for recently accessed documents, colleague profiles and a suggested-content feed.

For more information, visit: Delve

365 logo2.png  Newsfeed

Team sites and other kinds of SharePoint sites come with the SharePoint Newsfeed, which is a lot like a public blog or a microblog. You can use the SharePoint Newsfeed to start a conversation with people and to stay current with things other people post and share.

For more information, visit: Newsfeed

Office 365 Chrome Add-in

Streamline your experiences when switching between the Chrome browser and Office 365. Watch the video.

Setup Information

Self Help and Training

Microsoft Office Self Help & Training

Lynda Training Video

Up and Running with Office 365

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