Special Features

Office 365 ProPlus - describes the Office 365 ProPlus feature.

What is Office 365 ProPlus?

Microsoft Office ProPlus is a subscription to the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite of programs including:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Access (Windows Only)
  • OneNote
  • Outlook
  • Publisher (Windows Only)

Western has recently signed a Campus License Agreement with Microsoft to provide Microsoft products to the Campus.  As part of that agreement, Western WTS would like to proudly announce the Microsoft Student Advantage.  The Student Advantage agreement will allow Western to provide students with a full Office ProPlus subscription for personal use at no cost.  Users will be allowed to install Office on up to 10 devices they own, including mobile devices and Macs. 

How do I get Office 365 ProPlus?

If you are a Western or Affiliate Student, faculty member, or staff, go to http://myoffice.uwo.ca and login to obtain and manage your free copies of Microsoft Office.  Additional setup information can be found here.

Who Is Eligible?

All Western and Affiliate students, faculty, and staff qualify for Office 365 ProPlus downloads for home use.

Faculty and Staff members looking to install Office on University owned equipment can visit the MS Office ProPlus License Information page.

Skype for Business - provides information of Office 365's Skype for Business feature.

What is it?

  • Free Instant Messaging program included with Microsoft Office
  • Fully integrated with your Calendar and the Western Directory
  • Built in VOIP and Video Calling (microphone and/or webcam required)
  • Powerful screen sharing & online meeting tools
  • Formerly called Microsoft Lync

Learn more about Microsoft Skype for Business at https://products.office.com/en-us/Lync/microsoft-lync-top-features-video-conferencing-and-instant-messaging.

Who can use it?

  • Faculty & Staff
  • Students

You can send instant messages, share desktops, files and presentations and see meeting participants and availablity of others. Please note that connecting outside of Western is intermittent and depends on destination accessibility.

How do I get it?

Skype for Business is included with the Microsoft Office download for Windows and can be found on the app store for Android and iOS users.

Mac users can obtain Skype for Business by follwing the directions below:

  1. Go to http://myoffice.uwo.ca and login
  2. Click the Gear icon in the top right corner
  3. Click Office 365 Settings
  4. Click Software on the left
  5. Click Lync on the left

Users have to download the Skype for Business client and the update found directly below that.  Install both and then restart your Mac.

OneDrive - explains how to take advantage of Office 365's OneDrive feature.

What is OneDrive?

OneDrive is 1 TB of online storage in the Microsoft cloud where you can save, store, sync, and share files with the tools you use every day to create, communicate, and collaborate from your PC/Mac or your iOS®, Android™, or Windows device. Files can be created and modified with version tracking and file collaboration.

While using OneDrive is optional, all usage must comply with Western's Computing, Technology & Information Resources Policy

Learn how to store, sync, and share your OneDrive files:

Yammer - learn about Yammer, the social media collaboration tool in Office 365.

What is Yammer?

Yammer is a social media website that allows you to discuss ideas, share up dates, and crowdsource answers from coworkers across the globe. 

Quick Links to Begin Using Yammer

Microsoft Teams - learn about Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace in Office 365.

About Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams allows you to see and share content in a team chat or a private chat.

What can I do in Microsoft Teams?

  • schedule meetings
  • post an email in a thread to keep the team in loop
  • built in access to SharePoint, OneNote, and Skype for Business
  • work in documents right in the app

Getting Started using Microsoft Teams

Tasks - learn how to use the Office 365 tasks feature.

What are Tasks?

Use your Tasks folder to keep track of things that you need to do but don't necessarily want to put on your calendar.

How to Use Tasks


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