About Belinda Perkinson

Belinda works with the ITCS Training and Communications team at East Carolina University. She trains new CommonSpot users, maintains the ITCS website and creates both online and print IT materials for faculty, staff and students.

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: mymail.ecu.edu
  • 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 http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/sync-a-library-to-your-computer-HA102832401.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA102822076

Student Email Goes to the Next Level with Office 365

What does this mean for you?

      • Your mailbox size increases to 25GB
      • The ECU email login remains the same:  mymail.ecu.edu
      • Current emails, contacts and calendar events automatically transfer to the new inbox
      • Lync replaces Messenger
      • Your Microsoft Skydrive/ECU email accounts split into two separate accounts
      • There is no storage (like Skydrive) associated with your new ECU email account
      • After the transition, you will no longer be able to view email directly from the OneStop email tab. However, the OneStop link will navigate to mymail.ecu.edu.

What you need to do before July 3

      1. Upgrade older Windows operating system to XP or above (www.ecu.edu/microsoft4students/)
      2. Upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 or higher (Windows)
      3. Upgrade to Safari 5 or higher (Mac)
      4. Back up Skydrive documents – Skydrive becomes your personal account July 5

How does this upgrade affect Skydrive?

After the upgrade, you will have TWO accounts:

    1. Email, calendar and contacts through mymail.ecu.edu.  This account is supported by ECU
    2. Skydrive will change to a personal account through skydrive.live.com.  The passphrase for this account will no longer synch with your ECU email.  ECU will not be able to help you with this account.  For more information, visit
    3. The Office apps and any documents created using these apps remain in the Skydrive account.  You may wish to back up your Skydrive documents to Piratedrive or your computer before July 3

After the upgrade is complete

  • Your email login WILL NOT CHANGE  mymail.ecu.edu
  • Skydrive becomes your personal account.  The SkyDrive login is skydrive.live.com and will no longer synch with your ECU passphrase (the Skydrive password will stay the same unless you manually change it).
  • From Outlook, click the Home link at the top of the screen to find the Lync Online installation link, Outlook configuration options and more
  • If you need help at any time, call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.  For more information, visit the website at http://www.ecu.edu/itcs/email/upgrade2013.cfm