Office 365 is a Microsoft subscription-based offering that allows consumers to work with and collaborate on native Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) in the cloud. In December 2013, Microsoft launched the Student Advantage Program, allowing any enrolled student from a qualifying campus to download up to 5 free licenses of Office Pro Plus on a PC, Mac, or tablet. OSU enabled this service for enrolled students in Fall 2014, which at the time, included 1TB of cloud storage via OneDrive for Business. In October 2014, Microsoft announced the same benefit for employees of qualifying campuses while shifting from 1TB to unlimited cloud storage per user account. The project currently aims to enable OSU employees with the same Office 365 resources that students receive, concurrent with a campus-wide account unification project. Employee enablement is happening by college or department, using the following criteria:
The account must be unified.
The account must follow OSU's standard for UPN.
The IT leader/manager for each respective OSU college/dept. has the discretion to enable Office 365 for their respective end-users at a time that they feel ready. This ensures that each of OSU's respective college/dept. IT staff are prepared to support Office 365 for their respective end-users before Office 365 is enabled.