Last fall, Northeastern introduced free downloads of Microsoft Office for students through Microsoft Student Advantage Program, which is made possible by the university’s Office 365 license. As of this fall, students now also have free access to OneDrive for Business, the Office 365 cloud storage service. NOTE: OneDrive for Business is not the same as Microsoft’s OneDrive.
What do students get?
- Online storage for mobile, offline and online files
- Access to the online Office applications: Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote
Why does this matter?
The biggest benefit is the tight integration of OneDrive for Business with the Office mobile apps on phones and tablets. Over the past year, Microsoft has added connections to other cloud services, including Dropbox and Google Drive, but the native storage space – where the mobile apps really want to save to and open from – is Microsoft’s own OneDrive for Business service.
Another advantage is that because this storage is part of Northeastern’s Office 365 license, it is locked down to the Northeastern community. This makes it a great place to share or collaborate on files with other students, as well as faculty, advisors and university staff.
This also provides access to the online Office applications. They have the look and feel of Office 2013, have even more functionality than the mobile apps, and save automatically to OneDrive for Business. When you’re not on your own computer, or you have something you don’t want to view on a mobile screen, you can log into OneDrive for Business to open and edit online the Office files you’ve saved there.
How do I access it?
Students can access OneDrive for Business and the online Office applications by going to:
Enter your Office 365 username ([myNEU username]@northeastern.edu). When you tab or click into the password field, you will be redirected to the Northeastern Office 365 sign in page, which will autofill the username you previous typed. Then you will need to enter your myNEU password. You can also access it through the Student Advantage Program channel on the myNEU portal.
What else do I need to know?
Access to OneDrive for Business is tied to your Northeastern Office 365 account – your access will end one year after you leave Northeastern, whether you graduate or withdraw.
To learn more, including How To’s for some of the most common features, visit the OneDrive for Business page.