Office 365 at WISD

Office 365 Cloud Services - WISD

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Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based service provided by Microsoft Corporation. Information stored in this cloud can be accessed by web-based computing services accessed from anywhere by most devices, via the internet. Information storage, computation and software are located and managed remotely. Because the infrastructure is located online, you can access it anywhere from a desktop, laptop or mobile phone with internet access.

Information placed in Microsoft Office 365 is safe and secure. The data is encrypted in transit and at rest, so it has the same security and reliability of a server located on-campus.

Microsoft Office 365 provides virtually anywhere access to familiar Office tools, enterprise email, conferencing, and more, all hosted in the cloud (managed remotely on servers owned, maintained, and backed up by Microsoft). 

Many services you use every day are a part of the cloud— everything from Web-based email to mobile banking and online photo storage. Because this infrastructure is located online or “in the cloud,” you can access it from virtually anywhere, from a PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other device as long as you have an Internet connection.

What does Office 365 include?

  • Email, calendaring, and contacts access via the WISD Office 365 Portal from anywhere via the internet.
  • Cloud access, through the WISD Office 365 Portal, to your files via OneDrive for Business.
  • Online versions of four Office ProPlus applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) anytime, anywhere.
  • Up to 5 downloads of Office ProPlus (based on Office 2013) for each WISD employee, on any system they choose (see system and platform requirements, below, before utilizing this feature). WISD will insist that you install the first copy to your main WISD workstation/laptop. Then if you choose, you can install to your home computer, etc.
  • Unlimited online instruction and help for the system.

Office 365 and WISD

In early 2015 the Washtenaw ISD made the decision to move its email and calendaring to an offsite cloud system, deciding upon Microsoft’s Office 365 platform as the solution. Microsoft’s Office 365 platform brings together its already robust, online services into "an always-up-to-date cloud package," incorporating Exchange Server (for e-mail), SharePoint (for internal social networking, collaboration, OneDrive for Business for employee file storage), and Skype for Business (for communication, VoIP, and conferencing). All data from these productivity points reside ‘in the cloud.’ 

Summer, 2015, WISD purchased Office 365 services and all WISD email and calendaring was moved from local storage to the cloud.  As of December, 2015, all employee files had been moved to their personal OneDrive for Business provided by WISD.  By March of 2016 it is estimated that all Team Files will have been moved to either OneDrive Team-Centric drives or SharePoint sites.

Skype for Business has been brought online, tested, and is available to our users as needed.

Microsoft Office 365 has given WISD staff larger e-mail quotas (50gb), more file storage via OneDrive for Business (1TB), Microsoft Office Web Apps, MS Office ProPlus downloadable packages, instant messaging, video conferencing tools, and much more.

Office 365 System Requirements

If you are using a PC, the minimum requirements for Office 365 are:

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 2008 R2 with .NET 3.5 or later
  • Office 2007+ or later
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10; Mozilla Firefox 10.x or a later version; or Google Chrome 17.x

If you are using a Mac, the minimum requirements for Office 365 are:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • Apple Safari 5 or above
  • Office 2011 for Mac
  • Outlook 2011 for Mac

Office ProPlus installation

Office ProPlus allows you to install Microsoft Office 2013 (soon to be Office 2016) on up to five personal devices. There are a few very important things that you need to know prior to installing Office ProPlus - please see the information below before you install Office ProPlus on any of your personal devices.

Prior to installing Office ProPlus, you should uninstall/remove any previous versions of Microsoft Office on your computer or device.  Failure to do so will result in software conflicts on your computer.  If you’ve never installed MS Office on your device you should be fine.

You must connect to the internet with this device at least once every 30 days so the local machine license can be verified.  If you do not connect to the internet within 30 days, Office ProPlus goes into reduced functionality mode until you connect to the internet again and your status is verified (at which time all features become available again).

Ready to install Office ProPlus?  Please log into your Office 365 account through the WISD portal, click the Gear (in the upper right of the main page), and then select Software.  Follow the instructions on that page to install Office ProPlus.

Training

When the platform was first rolled out technology ran over 20 Instructor led training sessions for WISD employees.  Now, training is provided via web based instruction sites and the internet, the Microsoft Training website and other means.  Each application includes a substantial online help system geared to the specific application or process you are using.  Please don’t forget to type in your questions in this help system.  Most of the time if you call for help this is what we end up doing, and are able to provide you with answers easily.

Please see the links above for further information about training. 

Training Sessions in the Lab.

New training sessions may be scheduled during the first two weeks of September, every year, to assist new employees and Open Labs may also be scheduled during the first week of October for instruction and FAQ.  These dates will be decided upon yearly and if there are to be training sessions they will be announced by the Technology Director we in advance.