New Look for Office 365

There’s a new look for Office 365 as well as some changes to the service for the Spring semester

  • New Login Page – On Sunday, February 1st, ITS will go live with a new login page.  This not only looks better than the old page, it also eliminates the bug that caused Google Chrome not to work correctly in some cases, particularly with SharePoint Online:
    New Office 365 Login Page
  • New Office Web Interface – Microsoft recently rolled out an updated look for the Office 365 web interface that’s designed to be more mobile-friendly.  This presents you with tiles for the Office Apps you have available, accessible from the upper-left corner of the screen:
    Office 365 Splash Screen
  • Office 2013/Office 365 Apps available for students – Students currently enrolled in classes have access to both the web-based version of Office applications as well as the traditional desktop versions for free.  Students can download Office by logging in to the web interface, clicking on “Office 365″ at the top of the screen and clicking on the “Install now” button:Office 365 Install
  • Office 2013/Office 365 Apps available for faculty and staff - Washburn Faculty and staff now install Office apps on personal devices as well, though the process is somewhat different than it is for students.  You can find details at this previous blog post:
    http://blog.washburn.edu/technology/2014/11/23/microsoft-office-now-available-for-facultystaff-on-personal-devices/

Adobe Changing Purchasing Options for Creative Suite Products

Many of the departments on campus utilize Adobe products for their work.  A change by Adobe in how products are purchased has been set recently and is approaching quickly.  After February 28, 2015, the Adobe Creative Suite will no longer be available to purchase as stand alone one time purchase.  Adobe introduced Creative Cloud about [...]

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New Employee in ITS User Services

Carl Dillman Photo

I am happy to report that Carl Dillman has been hired as a Technology Support Technician I in ITS User Services.  His first day at Washburn was on Monday, January 12.  We had him start just in time for the new semester to begin the following week.    Carl is A+ certified in CompTIA A+ Essential hardware [...]

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ITS User Services Hours of Support for Winter Break

We have modified hours during the winter break for ITS technology support.  We will be monitoring voice mail for 3000 and also checking and following up with tickets sent to support@washburn.edu.  Our hours are as follows: December 15, 2014 through January 11, 2015 Monday – Friday:  7:30 am – 5:00 pm Closed December 25 through [...]

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Microsoft Office Now Available for Faculty/Staff on Personal Devices

On November 11, 2014, Microsoft started allowing faculty and staff the ability to download and install the full Office suite on their personally owned devices.  Prior to this date, the only option was to purchase the Office suite for your home computer.  The steps below will assist you in activating your account and then download [...]

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Microsoft Office Now Available for Students on Personal Devices

Gear Box for Selecting Options in Office 365

Prior to the fall 2014 semester starting, we were working with Microsoft to roll out the Office suite to all Washburn students.  We got the process working just after the semester started and since that time have had 376 students download and install the suite. We are able to provide this to all of our students with [...]

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Helpful eBooks and Microsoft Lync Information

A short post today to offer assistance with Microsoft products.  The links included in this post are resources for free ebooks from Microsoft and then a Microsoft Lync help page which is an Instant Messenger (IM) tool that we use here at Washburn.  A collection of free Microsoft ebooks is available from Eric Ligman, Microsoft Senior [...]

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http://blog.washburn.edu/technology/2014/09/16/785/

Instructional Services-Online Education Support is hosting a series of webinars on Respondus products including:  StudyMate, Respondus, Respondus LockDown Browser, and Respondus Monitor.  Join us tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 17th ) at 2pm in the Technology Learning Center (TLC)-Bennett 102 to learn about using Respondus for your courses.  Washburn has a campus license, so using this software is [...]

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Respondus webinars coming soon-save the dates!

In the coming weeks, Instructional Services-Online Education Support will host a series of webinars on Respondus products including StudyMate, Respondus, Respondus LockDown Browser, and Respondus Monitor.  Join us in the Technology Learning Center (TLC)-Bennett 102 on the following dates/times to gather more information on using these products in your courses.  Washburn University has a campus [...]

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Direct deposit information targeted in online theft schemes

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) has recently posted an alert to higher education institutions to be on the lookout for attempts to steal user credentials with the intention of altering direct deposit information. Washburn does not provide a self-service interface for payroll direct deposit, the [...]

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