Technology Digest: September 18

Student Email Does It Again

Upgrade adds even more productivity features to Office 365

Over the summer, student email transitioned from Windows Live to Office 365 with its improved services and separation from the personal SkyDrive storage account.

Beginning Tuesday, October 1, student email improves yet again with the addition of SkyDrive Pro, Microsoft Web apps, an ECU Yammer link, an improved interface and full integration with the faculty/staff address book.

New Office 365 menu

Updated Office 365 menu

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Access mail and calendar items throughout the upgrade (no downtime)
  • Store class assignments in the SkyDrive Pro* library
  • Create and edit SkyDrive Pro* documents with Web apps (lite versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote)
  • Manually move documents from your personal SkyDrive* to your SkyDrive Pro* (if you choose)
  • Create new contacts through the People link in the toolbar
  • Log in to the ECU Yammer social network through the Yammer link
  • Learn more about SkyDrive Pro* below
  • The Sites menu link is only available to ITCS administrators at this time
  • If you encounter further problems accessing your Office 365 account, contact the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 or 800.340.7081

*What’s the Difference?

SkyDrive Pro is the business-class cloud storage that is part of the ECU Office 365 student email. Personal Skydrive is personal (outside ECU) cloud storage offered by Microsoft to Windows users.

After the Upgrade

  • Your email login WILL NOT CHANGE:
  • If you need help at any time, call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081

SkyDrive Pro Lets You Go Places – Learn More

SkyDrive Pro is 25GB of private, online storage for organizing documents, spreadsheets, images and more. Access your SkyDrive Pro storage from the menu at the top of your Office 365 screen.

SkyDrive Pro allows you to…
…store up to 25GB in easy-to-organize libraries (folders).

Visit the Microsoft Office site for an explanation of SkyDrive features:

SkyDrive Pro allows you to…
…Access your SkyDrive files from the browser of any device.

SkyDrive Pro allows you to…
…edit your Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote SkyDrive documents using online Web apps within your browser.

Click a document’s drop-down menu and choose Edit in a Browser, or the Edit in Word option (Excel for a spreadsheet, etc.), which opens your computer’s Word program for more full-featured editing.

SkyDrive Pro allows you to…
…create new Office documents in your SkyDrive Pro.

Within SkyDrive, click the new document link. Create brand-new documents within SkyDrive, organize files by creating new folders and upload files from your computer.

SkyDrive Pro allows you to…
…share your documents with others.

Click the icon in the Sharing column to open the Share with… dialog box. Enter email addresses and set permissions (view or edit).

SkyDrive Pro allows you to…
…sync your SkyDrive Pro (cloud) documents to your computer (Windows only).

If you make a change in either location, the document updates in both SkyDrive and your Windows computer.

First, download and install the FREE SkyDrive Pro client to your computer:

For full tutorials, visit

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