UIT rolls out additional services in Office 365

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The following is a message to the York University community from Fariba Rawhani, interim chief information officer:

In August, we introduced Office 365 to the community with the deployment of foundational services such as Microsoft Office 2016, OneNote and OneDrive; we also began the migration from Lotus Notes to Outlook.

We are happy to announce that effective Monday, Nov. 27, a full suite of additional Office 365 services will be available to all Faculty and Staff; additional tools include:

  • Groups and Planner: Organize a group, assign and collaborate on tasks using a shared document library, website, notebook, calendar and email inbox.
  • Teams: Collaborate using a chat-based digital workspace.
  • Skype for Business: Quickly connect with others using instant messaging, online meetings, and voice & video conferencing.
  • Forms: Easily create, compile and share surveys, quizzes and polls.

For a complete list of services and resources, including online training, tips and FAQs, visit the Office 365 website.

While these tools are being made available, UIT’s support for them will be limited; over time, increased support will be provided, with priority given to the most frequently used tools.

When using collaboration tools in Office 365, it is important to be mindful of protecting institutional data. To help with this, please review the important Privacy and Security Guidance that has been prepared for these services.

These additional services will provide new capabilities with powerful collaboration tools to help increase our connectedness, and enable us to move towards a digitalized work place. I encourage everyone to explore all that Office 365 has to offer.