New Microsoft Licensing Brings Added BenefitsNov 30, 2021
OIT is excited to announce that the CU system recently negotiated a new license agreement with Microsoft that will expand the university community’s access to improved software functionality and features. Upgrades are being made to all Microsoft 365 accounts and new applications will be added periodically during the upcoming year!
At this time, you will notice a new app in your Microsoft 365 account called Power BI Pro. This app allows you to connect to and visualize data by creating interactive reports. More information about getting started with Power BI is available at Microsoft Power BI Training and Get Power BI Desktop.
In addition, you may have seen that Microsoft continues to make changes and improvements by adding tools and more trainings to their suite of products. The software is available for faculty, students, and staff at no charge on up to five devices to work from virtually anywhere. (Reminder: Be sure you’re also registered for multi-factor authentication (MFA) with Duo.)
Download the latest versions of Microsoft 365 applications by logging in at: https://office.com. To see what’s available in Microsoft 365:
- Sign-in using your university email address and password
- Click on the waffle in the upper left-hand corner
- Select from the list of available applications
Some of the additions that Microsoft has included in their updates that we now have access to are:
- Whiteboard makes hybrid working and learning easier, collaborative, and more engaging; run activities like brainstorming, strategic planning, agile rituals, group projects and more.
- Visio transforms text and tables into visual diagrams such as organization charts, network diagrams, and workflows.
- Microsoft Viva is an employee experience platform, available with Outlook email, that brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights in the flow of work.
If you have any questions about Microsoft 365, visit the OIT Software webpage for additional support, how-to instructions for many of the apps including Outlook, Teams, and OneDrive, and links to Microsoft’s training documentation and videos!