O365 and apps

If you have an Outlook email account, or if your school has an agreement with Microsoft to provide O365, you may have noticed “apps” appearingĀ  for your use. I ignored them for some time, but I’m starting to explore them.

If you have a personal outlook account, you will find what looks like a little keypad in the top left of your window:

outlook

When you click it, a pop-out window expands with “apps” in it, which include your mail, calendar, storage space (OneDrive), and a few other items to explore.

If you have OneDrive through your school or place of employment, you will find more apps, including Teams (similar to Slack), Forms, SharePoint, and more. You may (as we do at the University of Kentucky) also have the ability to download Office software to as many as five personal devices (laptop, phone, etc.).

It is definitely worth checking out if you have not. I also have a Google account and a Google Apps for Education account. I like both Google and O365, but I do prefer the power of the Office suite software both online and on my computer and easily moving between the two. Once I forced myself to look, I appreciated what it had to offer.

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Will this thing start up again?

Thinking of cranking up this blog again and seeing if it goes anywhere. When last I left off (except for a few random posts), I was located in the old TASC (Teaching & Academic Support Center) at the University of Kentucky. That center was closed and I moved to IT, where my focus became much more technology focused. I’m still in IT, although it’s called ITS now, and I miss my writing, so I’m thinking about kicking off again. We’ll see how it goes.