Office 365 Features

Communications (Students, Alumni)

This is your official ECU email where instructors and ECU send important communications. For a quick overview of mail features, see this Microsoft article.

Want to set up the Outlook email management program on your laptop, desktop or mobile device? See the Outlook configuration page.

Learn about Outlook's convenience through these courses (login required): Office 365 for Mac: Outlook Essential Training, Outlook 2013: Efficient Email Management and Outlook for iOS and Android First Look.
Your calendar keeps you organized and where you need to be, when you need to be there. To learn more, read this how-to tutorial at Microsoft.
Contacts make it easy to instant message, schedule a meeting or find other ECU Pirates. Visit this Microsoft online article to learn more.
Skype for Business
Includes instant messaging, conferencing and desktop sharing - great for working with project groups–especially if members are scattered near and far. Part of the Office 365 ProPlus downloads. Get started with the ECU websites for Skype. It is the update to Lync. Can be used with Lync (faculty/staff) if a user is first added as a contact.

Visit for this course: Up and Running with Skype for Business 2015
Organizes task entries you create or that are sent to you and flagged messages.

ProPlus Downloads (students, faculty, staff)

As part of the Office 365 ProPlus subscription for students, faculty and staff, each user has five download licenses for Microsoft Office (full version), five Office licenses for tablets and mobile apps. For example, download Office to your Windows home desktop and your Mac laptop with three licenses left. Download the tablet version of Office to your iPad with four downloads licenses left for your other tablets. There is no need to download Office 365 to your ECU work computer.

Please Note: Retirees and non-employees are not eligible for the ProPlus service.

Your Office 365 ProPlus license is active until you graduate, retire or leave ECU.

  • Students: Email and OneDrive transition to the alumni account. OneDrive documents have the Office online service. Office downloads you have installed on your Mac or Windows computer (ProPlus) no longer work.
  • Employees: Before you exit ECU, work documents saved to your personal device should be forwarded to your supervisor. ProPlus downloads will no longer work after your ECU account is disabled, and therefore, documents become read-only. See this account deactivation schedule for more information.

Users don't need to be connected to the Internet to use ProPlus Office 365 Word, Excel and other applications on their computer. However, users must connect to the Internet at least once every 30 days using that machine to verify their Office 365 subscription. If users don't connect within 30 days, Office 365 ProPlus goes into reduced functionality mode with full functionality restored after a connection to the Internet.

Mac Desktop/Laptop
Includes Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, OneNote 2016, Outlook 2016; 2016 version for Yosemite; otherwise, download link is for 2011.

Coming soon for faculty/staff: OneDrive for Business cloud storage and desktop app and Office online (students already have this service).

iOS iPad/iPhone
Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business

Essential Training for Office for iPad from


Windows Desktop/Laptop
OneDrive for Business (students only; coming soon for staff), Skype for Business (Windows only), Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, OneNote 2013, Access 2013, Publisher 2013, Outlook 2013, InfoPath 2013; Office 2013 version for Windows 7 and above.

Coming soon for faculty/staff: OneDrive for Business cloud storage and desktop app and Office online.
Windows Phone
Office Mobile, OneNote, Outlook, SharePoint
Android Tablet/Phone
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote

See Up and Running with Office for Android Devices from

Office Online (students, alumni, prospective students, coming soon for faculty and staff)

Connect with other Pirates on the ECU Yammer social network. Your instructors may also set up special Yammer groups to be used with a course. Available through Office 365 or direct Yammer login link.
OneDrive Cloud Storage
Available to students, alumni, prospective students and coming soon for faculty and staff, Office 365 OneDrive storage/collaborative space offers 1TB of storage for class project assignments, images and other files.* You can also:
  • access your files from any device using a browser
  • share files with fellow students or a project team or send a document link to an instructor*
  • create new documents and edit stored Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files using the Office Online Web apps
  • sync your files with any Windows device - user controls which folders and files to sync*
  • visit this Microsoft website to learn more about OneDrive
  • keep the same OneDrive folder when your email transitions to an alumni account (staff accounts are disabled upon ECU exit or retirement)
To learn more about OneDrive's convenience, see the FAQ page.

*Sensitive data should not be stored in OneDrive for Business. ECU provides the 40GB Piratedrive and DatAnywhere for sensitive data storage, collaboration and sync.

According to Microsoft, "Delve helps you discover the information that's likely to be most interesting to you right now - across Office 365." See this Microsoft article to learn more about Delve.
Web Apps
Away from your computer but need to create or edit a document? Office Web apps allow users to edit or create a Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote document from the OneDrive cloud storage folder.
The Sites SharePoint feature is disabled for users and only available to email administrators.
The Sway feature is not available to users at this time
Users cannot create new channels or upload videos to the Community channel.