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Office 365 Project

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About Office 365

At its core, Office 365 is the same suite of Office products and services you recognize, now provided through the cloud. It includes:

  • Email including calendaring (Outlook/Outlook Web App),
  • Storage (OneDrive),
  • Collaboration tools (Skype for Business, Sharepoint),
  • Productivity software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and more in an integrated product offering.

How is Office 365 Different?

  • It's cloud-based, meaning hosting will be provided by Microsoft servers and not ITS servers.
  • It's a subscription-based service, giving ITS easy access to the latest software releases.
  • It offers web-based access to software previously limited to a local installation.

Project Plan & Timeline

The upgrade to the suite of Office 365 products and services happened during the course of three workstreams:

Work Stream 1 - 2017

In 2017, all faculty and staff were upgraded from the current version of Exchange to Office 365 in the cloud for email and calendaring and Skype for Business.

Work Stream 2 & 3 Timeline

Office 365 workstream 2,3 timeline

Work Stream 2 - January 2018

This work stream includes:

  • OneDrive
    • Work with your files anywhere (5 TB)
    • Collaboration — Find, co-author, and update my files
    • Sharing both internally and externally for your files and folders
  • Office Online
    • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, etc. with real-time online editing, collaboration & sharing from your browser
  • O365 Teams/Groups
    • Groups
      • Group mailbox
      • Group calendar
      • Collaborate and share files
      • OneNote Notebook
    • Teams (Group functionality plus…)
      • Persistent Chat
      • Voice & Desktop Sharing/Skype
      • Channels
      • Apps
      • Connectors
      • Bots
      • Wiki
    • Also includes the following associated products: Planner, Flow, and Sway
  • SharePoint Online (Branding/Config)
    • Advanced Document Library Management / Collaboration / Publishing
    • Custom App integration / Workflow
    • For more formal and long term use
    • Requires advanced skills to develop/manage

Work Stream 3 - March 2018

This work stream includes:

  • Office Pro Plus
    • Up to 5 computers/tablets/phones per user license
  • SharePoint Online (Net new sites)
    • Enables a work group to store, share, and manage documents in a central location.
  • Includes the following default apps (Mode 2), part of the Microsoft agreement: Assignments, Images, News, Places, Stocks, Weather, Website, Wikipedia, Who

Office 365 Resource Portal

ITS is pleased to announce that we have extended the contract for the Office 365 Resource Portal through May 31, 2019!

To learn more about Office 365 products, please visit the UVA Office 365 Resource Portal which includes:

  • Video Training (over 3,000 videos)
  • Library of Courses
  • Knowledge Articles (Self-Help)
  • How-To's
  • Shareable Tips
  • Shareable Videos


You can search for an answer to your question on the UVA Office 365 Resource Portal anytime; additional help resources are also available.

  Page Updated: Thursday 2018-08-09 11:47:25 EDT