What exactly IS Microsoft Office 365 for Education?
Email (Outlook), Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Skype for Business, Yammer, Delve, Sway (and more – Microsoft continues to update these as time goes on)
Although individuals and business can purchase a subscription to Office 365, staff and students are covered by the College’s annual Education subscription which entitles all current staff and students to download full versions of these application for use on up to 5 personal devices.
What is the difference between Office 365 (that came with my new PC/Tablet) and Office 365 for Education?
“Office 365 for Education” uses your work/school identity and you use your regular Holland College username/password.
“Office 365” is sometimes purchased/included with a new computer and it uses your home/personal identity (account) – perhaps a hotmail, gmail, or Windows Live account.
The cloud storage is called “One Drive” (versus “One Drive for Business” which Microsoft calls your work/school cloud storage)
The following is a great explanation of the difference between “One Drive Personal” and “One Drive for Business”and the same idea follows for Skype for Business. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frfVDc8BzIw
Who has access to Microsoft Office 365 for Education?
How do I access Microsoft Office 365
Is it safe to use Microsoft OneDrive for Business?
Although documents stored in OneDrive are actually as secure (perhaps more) than anything you store on your F:\> Drive or H:\> ( and definitely your C:\> Drive) – the risk is in the way phones/tablets/PC’s can be setup to automatically “sync” to the cloud. Often things are happening that you aren’t entirely aware of – and it can be a little too easy to accidentally share or provide access via these devices. The OneDrive location is as secure as the password you use to log in (i.e. 12345 isn’t a good password).
One Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox all have the same inherent issues and since we are totally a Microsoft shop here at Holland College, One Drive is by far the best solution for work documents. You don’t have to create/remember a separate user account and password – and when you change your password at work, One Drive access changes along with it. You can download and use a “One Drive client” which is used in the sync’ing process, but we don’t recommend that as it writes a copy to your local Drive C:\> before it sync’s it to the cloud (One Drive). If someone got access to your local C:\> Drive, they could possibly see the files you are sync’ing to the cloud.
Should I “sync” my phone or computer with Microsoft OneDrive for Business?