Overnight, Office 365 was enabled on all staff and student accounts at UNSW.
UNSW IT are consulting with faculty managers and key stakeholders from divisions to determine the best timeline to upgrade software on SOE Mac and PCs, with Law and FBE rolling out the new software this week. We’ll be rolling out the latest desktop software to you soon, so please keep an eye on your inbox to find out when you’ll be upgraded.
While you wait for your area to be upgraded, you can take advantage of some of the new features of Office today. Office 365 allows you to install Office on up to 5 personal computers, and 5 mobile devices, per user. And you can use Word, Excel and Powerpoint in a browser right now, to collaborate on documents with your team.
If you’d like to know more, visit the UNSW Office 365 website. And subscribe to this blog, we’ll be sharing tips about Office 365 over the next few weeks.
One of the most asked questions about Office 365 and OneDrive cloud storage here at UNSW, from professional staff, students and academics, is where exactly will the data be stored?
It’s a fair question. Data sovereignty is a major concern for many academics, as some research grants will require all research data to stay in Australia. Storing research in”the cloud” can make this difficult, as it’s often hard to tell where exactly the servers that make up a cloud offering are based, and many providers will mirror your data across multiple servers in multiple countries.
Well, the good news is all data stored in Office 365 and OneDrive accounts linked to a UNSW account will be stored right here, in Australia. Late last year, Microsoft moved all data from UNSW customers from servers in Singapore to servers here in Australia, ahead of the university wide roll out of Office 365.
When Office 365 is turned on on your account, you’ll be able to store any important data you need in your OneDrive account. UNSW staff and students will receive one terabyte of storage, enough for roughly 85 million word documents. And because that data lives in the cloud, you’ll be able to access it from anywhere, including your home or mobile devices.
Microsoft has over twenty years experience storing and securing data for enterprise and government customers. We chose Office 365 as our cloud solution at UNSW due to Microsoft’s commitment to privacy, security and data sovereignty.