Office 365 Features

Find your Office 365 features below. Then read on for details.


  • Communications (email, calendar, people, tasks)
  • Skype for Business
  • OneDrive for Business (OD4B) cloud storage
  • Office desktop (2016)
  • Office Online
  • Office mobile
  • Office iPad


  • Communications (email, calendar, people, tasks)
  • OneDrive for Business (OD4B) cloud storage

Faculty and Staff

  • Skype for Business/Lync
  • OneDrive for Business (OD4B) cloud storage*
  • Office desktop (2016)
  • Office Online
  • Office mobile
  • Office iPad
*Currently in pilot mode

Communication and Messaging

Communication and messaging includes email, calendar, contacts (people) and tasks for students and alumni. Skype for Business allows students and staff to instant message (IM), collaborate, share and videoconference with both ECU and non-ECU users.

Email, Calendar, People and Tasks
The official ECU email for students and alumni. For a quick overview of mail features, see this Microsoft article.

Office 365 email setup: Office 365 email configuration page. video training: 
Skype for Business
Includes instant messaging, conferencing and presentation features like desktop sharing - great for working with project groups-especially if members are scattered near and far. The update to Lync 2013* and a feature of the Office 365 software package for students and staff. Get started with the ECU website for Skype.

Visit for this course: Up and Running with Skype for Business

*ECU office computers still use Lync. However, Skype and Lync are used interchangeably.

Microsoft Office Desktop

Your license includes five downloads of Microsoft Office 2016 (full version) for your personal computers, both Mac and Windows. The installs are active until you graduate, retire or leave ECU. Connect to the internet at least once every 30 days to verify the subscription.

Only full-time employees and enrolled students are eligible for the Office downloads.

  • Students: After graduation, email and OneDrive transition to the alumni account. Office downloads for your Mac or Windows computer no longer work, and documents become read-only. Files saved to OneDrive are edited through the Office Online apps.

  • Employees: Before you exit ECU, any work documents saved to your personal device should be forwarded to your supervisor. Office downloads no longer work after your ECU account is disabled, and documents become read-only. See this account deactivation schedule for more information.


Training and Resources
Visit the Microsoft Training Center for quick tutorials on all the features of your Office 365 subscription. Learn what's new in Office 2016 or focus on learning one app. Even better, learn how to seamlessly use all features and devices together to be more productive.

OneDrive Cloud Storage

Currently being piloted for employees. 

  • store up to 1TB
  • access files from any device using a browser or the mobile app
  • share files with ECU and non-ECU users
  • create new documents using the Office Online
  • sync files - you control which folders and files to sync*
  • visit this Microsoft website to learn more about OneDrive
  • graduating students keep the same OneDrive folder when email transitions to the alumni account
  • staff accounts are disabled upon ECU exit or retirement

*Sensitive data should not be stored in OneDrive for Business. OneDrive is approved for FERPA data related to student/instructor collaboration only.

ECU provides the 40GB Piratedrive and DatAnywhere for sensitive data storage, collaboration and sync.

Other Useful Office 365 Apps

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.

Class Notebook
Organize course content into a notebook with space for you, space for each student and space for all of you to work together. See this overview from Microsoft.
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.
The Sites SharePoint feature, Sway and Video features are not available to users at this time.