New Office 365 apps launching Autumn 2019

14 August 2019

The Computing Services Department (CSD) is launching a host of new Office 365 applications, including OneDrive for Business, Teams, Planner and Sway.

These tools are designed to support and foster collaborative working, a core element of both teaching and research. But learning doesn't always take place in the lecture theatre or lab, or on campus for that matter. Remote working is seamless with one login to the Office portal to access your work.

Over the coming weeks, CSD will introduce these applications to the University through a series of roadshows where University members can learn how to take full advantage of these new apps.

OneDrive for Business makes it incredibly easy for staff and students to work on the same file across different devices; to go from a University PC, to a personal laptop or MacBook, to iPad or even mobile phone. This platform works as easily as many other cloud sharing services, but is secured by your University credentials, so there's no need to think of a new, complex password.

The ability to collaborate easily brings with it a new set of security challenges, and as such, staff and students will not only be in control of sharing information, but also how they protect and manage their information. Therefore, the responsibility for applying the appropriate protection and sharing permissions sits with you.

OneDrive for Business will be available to staff and students in September, and complements SharePoint Online as well as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote which are already available through the University.

Other apps available in September include:

* Teams
Microsoft Teams is described as the "digital hub" of Office 365, bringing conversations, content, documents and apps together in one place.

* Sway
A more visual alternative to PowerPoint and Publisher, Sway helps users create engaging, visual presentations, newsletters, reports and other digital content.

* Planner
Planner is much like a project management tool, where users can create a plan, add team members, assign tasks and completion dates, group tasks into buckets and update the status of tasks.

Support and information is available through the CSD Service Desk via https://servicedesk.liverpool.ac.uk.