Access Office anywhere and get 1TB free online storage

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The first draft of this blog post was written in the cloud, in a handy version of MS Word that goes by the name of Word Online and follows us around from computer to computer, hanging above us in the webosphere.  When you log in to Microsoft’s (relatively) new Office 365, you have access to applications from the Office suite such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  The full range depends on from which platform you access Office 365, but whether it be Windows, Mac, iPhone or Android systems, you’ll find the apps to be satisfyingly complete and without drastically reduced functionality. As well as accessing Office online, you can also download Office for Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android, giving you the option of using Office online or downloading it for use on your device or computer.

Download software or access Office online

Every student and member of staff at the University of Sussex can now download and use Office for free, and along with that comes the added benefit of being able to sign in to Office 365 from any web browser and create, edit and save documents.  (You’ll also be pleased to know that I’ve just learned through experience and if you accidentally close your browser following a badly placed click of the mouse, the autosave is up to scratch and the document will be there waiting for you, even if you hadn’t initially saved it.)

Screen shot of Office 365 home

Office 365 home view

Receive 1TB online storage for free

Our students and staff are allocated a massive 1 terabyte of cloud space through OneDrive, Office 365’s integrated storage facility.  Documents can be uploaded from your computer or saved directly from Office apps such as Word Online; they can then be shared widely, including with contacts who do not have the same access to Office 365.  Incidentally, it’s not just MS Office files that OneDrive supports – you can also store pictures, music and videos which you can also open and view/hear/watch from where it is without downloading it. You can also link Office 365 to your Dropbox account which, for example, makes it easy to open and edit Word documents that you already have stored online.

Visit the IT Services Office 365 page to find out how you can download the Office 2013 and access it online here:

We’d love to hear about your experiences using Office 365 and how you are making it work for your personal and academic needs, so do leave comments below.

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4 comments on “Access Office anywhere and get 1TB free online storage
  1. Mark Wilson says:

    I have been using Office 365 to manage the Software Review, the process by which staff in school and departments can request software to be available in cluster rooms.
    I have created a folder in OneDrive and shared it with colleagues in ITS. Via the share we mange the process from initial request, packaging, expert testing and finally release of each software request.

    The online versions of Office apps provide 90+% of the functions I use regularly.

    A recently added function to O365 is called Delve, and provides a handy view of files I have been working on regularly. You can access Delve from this link:

    Overall I am finding O365 to be very productive.

    From this link looks like lots of new functions are in the pipeline:

  2. michel says:

    A question:

    Is Office 365 from sussex linked to my registration at Sussex? In other words, can I keep using Office 365 when I graduate?


  3. Claire Craig says:

    Hi Michel

    Good question! It will close when your Sussex account expires – about six months after you leave. However you will be able to transfer to a different kind of Microsoft account after this, taking any files you have on OneDrive with you. We’ll be able to confirm the details of this process next week & will post an update here with that information.

    Claire @ IT Services

  4. Claire says:

    Hi Michel,

    Now the bank holiday’s done and the staff are back to ask, here’s the update! So… after you graduate, you will have approximately six months left of student status during which time you will be able to access Office 365 completely normally. After you are transferred out of the student group, Microsoft allow a period of approximately on month of continued normal access. Then, they will ask you to pay for a subscription. Unless you are to do so, any downloaded Office 365 apps and access to Office 365 online will then be on a very limited functionality; you will be able to open files but not edit anything.

    We recommend that if you do not intend to pay for access to Office after your time here, you download your files elsewhere.

    I hope that answers your question!

    Claire @ IT Services

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