Office 365 Apps Overview

Posted August 7th, 2017 at 9:06 pm.

Office 365 is a broad suite of apps and services providing many features and environments in which to work.  Some of these apps are very familiar, others are new-to-us or are completely new offerings.

Office 365 as an “evergreen” service, meaning features, functions, or look-and-feel may change gradually or at a moment’s notice. The goal is to continually improve the software by making frequent, smaller updates rather than releasing new major versions of the software at longer, scheduled intervals. It also means that information isn’t posted about every upcoming update and that not everyone may get the same update at the exact same time.

LITS makes all of the functions of Office 365 available to current community members at webmail.brynmawr.edu.  LITS support staff maintain deep familiarity and are pleased to provide assistance with the Supported Apps we’ve identified.

Supported and Recommended Apps

These are the apps that LITS supports, meaning we maintain familiarity and provide assistance and guidance with them.  Typically these are critical productivity apps in use broadly across the College.  This doesn’t mean we’ll always know about every change, but we will catch up quickly and be happy to assist if you encounter an issue.

  • Outlook (Mail, Calendar, People, Tasks)
  • OneDrive
  • Office Online (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)
  • Coming Soon: Skype for Business
  • Coming Soon: Groups
  • Coming Soon: Forms

Some of these (Outlook, OneDrive, Office, Skype for Business) have optional local and/or mobile clients which we also support.

LITS will periodically modify this list based on community feedback and observed needs as we work to continually enhance services.

Assistance with Supported Apps is available on TechDocs, from the Help Desk, or from the Microsoft resources listed below.

Additional Available Apps

There are many other Office 365 apps and features available at webmail.brynmawr.edu.  Bryn Mawr community members are free to use any and all of them.  The best assistance for these will be from Microsoft documents directly or from online communities.  Some apps may be new offerings and may later be discontinued or merged with other services.  If you’re going to use any of these apps, you may want to follow the Office 365 blog — you can choose to follow only the products you’re interested in.

These are some of the apps available at the time of this writing:

  • Teams
  • Sway
  • Planner
  • Flow
  • Sharepoint Sites
  • Yammer
  • Video
  • Delve

Some of these (such as Teams) have optional local and/or mobile clients.

Use of all Office 365 apps falls under the Bryn Mawr College Acceptable Use Policy.  Please see the Data Handling Policy for guidance on storing confidential or sensitive data.

Resources

Like the service itself, these links are subject to periodic change.

Filed under: Office 365 Online by Amy Pearlman

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