OneDrive for Business is part of Microsoft’s Office 365 product suite and provides all students, faculty, and staff multiple types of cloud-based services, depending on how you choose to use it:
- Online file storage for documents created in the Office applications installed on your computer or created through Office apps on your iOS or Android device(s)
- Access to online versions of certain Office applications through any browser
- SharePoint-based file sharing and collaboration of any documents stored on or created through OneDrive
All access requires signing in with your Office 365 username (myNEU email@example.com) to the Office 365 portal or using a mobile app.
- Microsoft is constantly improving its OneDrive offerings. For general updates on the offerings, refer to Microsoft’s Office 365 for Business roadmap.
- Follow Northeastern’s information security and privacy guidelines when thinking about what information should or should not be stored on the cloud. A good rule – if you are working with Personally Identifiable Information (PII), continue to use the university’s on-premise shared network storage (Q: drive).
Online File Storage
All students, faculty, and staff can access the online version of OneDrive for Business by signing in to the Office 365 portal and selecting the OneDrive tile to be connected to your folder. Faculty and staff can also access OneDrive for Business through Outlook on the web where you must click on the grid at the upper right and select the OneDrive tile.
OneDrive is accessible on Northeastern-managed computers, unmanaged or personal computers, or iOS or Android devices.
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|A Northeastern-managed or Northeastern-owned computer – Office 2010 or 2013 (Windows), or Office 2011 (Mac)||
|A personal computer – Office 2010 or Office 2013 (Windows), or Office 2011 or 2016 (Mac)||
Online Office Applications
When you log in to the Office 365 portal (or faculty/staff can also use Outlook on the web) with your Office 365 username, you have access to all the services in Microsoft’s Office 365 portal. This includes OneDrive and, through that, access to online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
When you create new documents, spreadsheets presentations or notebooks in the OneDrive version of an application, those files will save automatically to OneDrive. You can then edit those files through the online applications, or you can download the files to edit within the Office applications installed on your computer.
By default, files stored or created in the OneDrive version of an application are private. But you can share specific files or folders with one or more individuals, by adding their email address and simply selecting the Share+ option. You can choose to grant access that is read-only, or you can grant permission to edit the file.
When someone with access edits a file, subsequent editors will not be able to see who made what changes in the file. However, a new version will be saved and the file owner can view old versions.
The engine behind OneDrive is SharePoint, Microsoft’s web-based collaborative workspace tool that allows faculty and staff to share documents and files. This version of SharePoint is hosted by Microsoft, and is separate from the version of SharePoint hosted by Northeastern.
For real-time collaboration, anyone who has edit permission on a file can open that file in the online application and you can all work in the file at the same time.
- Every person editing will see live updates with colored markers indicating who is typing.
- Once someone has finished writing something, you cannot see who wrote what.
The file owner can also temporarily lock a file for editing by other users with permission. If you select a file (click on the checkmark to the left of the file name), go to “manage” and choose “check out,” it is then locked against editing by other users. You can then edit it in the online application, or download it for editing in an Office application on your computer.
- If you have locked a file, anyone you have shared the file with will be able to view the file in the online application, but if they attempt to edit it or download it, they will be informed that you have it checked out.