Microsoft Office 365 Features

The Microsoft Office 365 features that are available to faculty, staff, and students as part of our DePaul University offering are listed below. For guidance on what types of data to store on OneDrive, go to view DePaul's data storage table.  For information on downloading and installing Office to your personal devices, view the Microsoft 365 Apps download instructions.

Current features include:

Word Online Craft documents while inviting others to review and coauthor in real time
Excel Online Organize your data in familiar spreadsheets and workbooks
PowerPoint Online Turn your ideas into compelling presentations using professional-looking templates
OneNote Online Get organized in notebooks you can divide into sections and pages
OneDrive Easily store, access and discover your files from all your devices
Office Logos Microsoft 365 Apps Download desktop versions of your standard Office 365 applications
Teams Instant messaging and group chat, online meetings, voice and video calls
SharePoint Online Dynamic and productive team sites for every project team, department, and division
Forms Create surveys, quizzes, and polls
Project for Office View/Manage tasks assigned to you by a Project Manager (additional license required to create projects)
Whiteboard Visual collaboration canvas for hybrid work and learning
Outlook Business-class email
Power BI (free version) Web-based business analytics and data visualization platform

*Features outside of the Office 365 offerings listed above are not supported as part of DePaul's Office 365 offering.

What is Microsoft Teams?

Teams is Microsoft's unified communications platform which combines messaging, meetings, file storage, application integration, and voice and video calling into one collaborative team workspace. Each Team you create gets it's own SharePoint website, OneDrive storage space, chat channels, and more.

How do I sync my files with OneDrive?

OneDrive is a cloud storage, collaboration, and synchronization service that lets you easily store and access your files from all your devices. It integrates seamlessly with Windows or Mac, allowing you to easily back up your work data, as well as securely share and co-edit these files with anyone.

OneDrive Sync

If you have Windows 10 or Office 2016, this utility may already be installed on your machine and can easily be connected to your Office 365 account. It allows you to sync files between your computer and the cloud. By default, it will maintain a synced copy of all of your files in both locations. You can work directly with your files in File Explorer and access your files even when you are offline. If it is not already installed on your machine, or for more information and instructions on setting up OneDrive Sync see: Sync with OneDrive.

OneDrive Files On-Demand

Files On-Demand is a setting within OneDrive Sync that is disabled by default. When this setting is enabled, you can choose which files will use storage space on your local machine. You can still work with your files from File Explorer but will not be able to access any files designated as “online-only” without Internet access. For more information and instructions for setting up OneDrive Files On-Demand see: Use OneDrive files on Demand.

For more information on how to use each Office 365 feature, please visit the Office 365 Training Center.