Office 365 is a Microsoft cloud-based service that allows you to use Microsoft Office applications as well as a cloud storage account (OneDrive for Business) on the web. Since the service is Internet-base, an Internet connection is required to use the services.
To access your Office 365 account, open a web browser and go to https://portal.office.com/. You will need to enter in your University of Hartford email and password. Office 365 accounts are only available to current students, faculty and staff. If you are graduating or separating from the university in any manner, it is strongly encouraged that you back up your data to another storage system.
You have 1 terabyte of storage in OneDrive for Business. Keep in mind that if you choose to run the desktop synchronization tool most campus computers will not have one terabyte of free space for you to be able to synchronize the full contents of your OneDrive for Business to the local drive.
Yes, you can. Microsoft Office 2016 is available to download for your personal PC and Mac.
You can install Office on up to 5 personal PCs or Macs, and 5 personal smartphones or tablets.
OneDrive for Business is not backed up; however, there is a recycle bin that holds deleted documents. All documents are permanently deleted from the Recycle Bin 93 days after being placed in the Recycle Bin. Recycle Bin files do count toward the quota usage of your OneDrive for Business account.
It is reasonably safe. Although there are some things to consider as far as what type of information you save. As mentioned, the files are not backed up. You do, however, have a window of time to recover files deleted if needed. OneDrive for Business is also a Microsoft cloud service, as a result the files are subject to their security measures, rather than University of Hartford, against data breaches. Last, since this is a cloud service you must have an Internet connection. If you are unable to access the Internet for any reason, you will not be able to access Office 365 or your OneDrive for Business files unless duplicates are locally saved.
No, OneDrive for Business can only be set up to sync files from the local hard drive (C:). If you would like to set up syncing from a campus workstation, please contact the Service Desk for assistance.