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Microsoft Office 365 launches for Penn State Health and College of Medicine

Information Services is offering a new collaboration tool to address the challenges of working remotely or in changing or different roles due to the current COVID-19 crisis beginning Thursday, May 21.

All Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine employees, faculty and students will have access to Microsoft Office 365. The suite of cloud-based productivity and collaboration applications integrates all Microsoft’s existing online applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and adds Microsoft Teams and Yammer as communication and collaboration applications.

To get started, access Microsoft Office 365 beginning on Thursday and log in with your email address. Visit the Office 365 Infonet site for job aids, frequently asked questions, short video tutorials, cheat sheets and links to other helpful sources.

Important notes:

  • If you work remotely, you need to be connected through one of the following remote access solutions prior to launching Office 365: AnyConnect VPN, Citrix VPN, Remote PC Access or Virtual Desktop (Windows10-Corp).
  • Apple (iOS versions 12 or 13) or Android (OS 9 or 10) personal devices will also be able to access Office 365 after completing the Duo two-factor authentication process. If you need to enroll in Duo, review this job aid.
  • All Penn State Health and College of Medicine policies, including those that govern the sharing of protected health information and the use of social media, apply when using Office 365.
  • At this time, Penn State Health and College of Medicine will not adopt Office 365 for email or calendar.
  • Only individuals with email addresses can be added to Microsoft Teams.
  • You will continue to have the option to use your locally installed Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and/or to use the cloud-based Office 365 products.

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