March 30, 2017
Staff and faculty at the University of Toronto will soon have access to Microsoft’s Office 365 for Education suite. Office 365 includes e-mail, calendaring, data storage, online versions of Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, instant messaging via Skype for Business, video conferencing, and many other applications.
Following a rigorous RFP process and negotiations with Microsoft, the University of Toronto has signed an agreement with Microsoft Canada for Office 365 for Faculty and Staff. “This initiative enables U of T’s faculty and staff to join over 227,000 students and alumni already benefiting from the Office 365 suite since June 2011,” says Scott Mabury, Vice-President, University Operations.
This cloud-based collaboration suite will significantly improve the tools available to faculty, staff and students, enable greater communication, and equip them with the resources they need for teaching, research, study, and administrative services.
Office 365 for U of T will be hosted in Microsoft’s secure Canadian data centres.
Canadians are increasingly using collaboration software and services at home, and expect these same capabilities in their work and academic environment. Extensive consultation led by the University’s Office of the Chief Information Officer as well as faculty and staff advisory groups demonstrated the necessity for more comprehensive tools to complement faculty and staff professional and academic activities, similar to those already available to students and alumni.
Office 365 offers a massive 50GB mailbox, 1 terabyte of storage space, and powerful document sharing and collaboration capabilities within a secure, reliable online environment.
More details about the implementation plan for faculty and staff will be made available during the summer. Currently, the Office 365 team is working on the configuration of the U of T tenant within Microsoft’s Canadian data centres.
We will share many other useful features and capabilities integrated into Office 365. in future communications as the implementation progresses.