Office 365 and OneDrive @ RPI

Office 365 and One Drive are currently in a closed beta.  General campus availability will be later in the Spring of 2018.


What is Office 365

Office 365 is Microsoft’s current offering for work place productivity software.  It has four main components

  • Web browser based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note
  • Licenses for and access to download the PC and Mac versions of Office
  • Access to the file storage service OneDrive for Business
  • Access to the mobile app versions of Office for iOS and Android


What is OneDrive?

OneDrive is a cloud file sharing services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box that provides end users with the ability to access files with any Internet-capable device from almost any location. Users can grant access privileges to other users as they see fit, allowing them to share files with co-workers, students, administrators, and colleagues around the world.


What does it cost?

Office 365 and OneDrive is being offered to Rensselaer faculty, students, and staff, free of charge.


Is Rensselaer using Office 365 for email?

No, we are not currently utilizing the email service functionality of Office 365.  We are evaluating how it could be utilized by Rensselaer in the future.


What are the features of OneDrive?

  • Online Storage (50gb storage, 15gb max file size)
  • Secure File Sharing (Security & Privacy Details >>)
  • Permission Controls (allows you to control exactly who has access to your files)
  • Version History


Please Note: OneDrive storage is not suitable for most institutional data classified as "confidential."

For more details see our Office 365 Security & Privacy page.