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Office 365 for students, faculty and staff

Microsoft Office 365 is a whole collection of applications and services, most of which are provided free to MSU faculty, staff and students.

For all Students, faculty and staff:

  • E-Mail: 100 GB of e-mail storage, calendaring, contacts, tasks and instant messaging all integrated with campus address books. E-mail can be read, composed and sent using any web browser or any favorite e-mail app. E-mail clients that use Active Sync can also be remotely wiped and secured in event the device is lost or stolen to prevent unauthorized access to messages.
  • OneDrive: 5 TB (5,000 GB) personal online file storage and online, real-time collaboration and editing of Microsoft Office documents. Documents can be shared with MSU clientele or anyone in the world providing read-only or editing capability.
  • Office Online Apps: Ability to create, edit, print, and share Office documents using any web browser on any device without the need to have Microsoft Office installed on the device. Many people can simultaneously read and edit any Online Office App and changes are displayed and saved in real time. Office apps provides a rich set of Office features to create and present documents, and if advanced capabilities are needed, the document can be opened in a full version of the Office app and saved to OneDrive.
  • Office On Demand: Streams MS Office application(s) to your computer without installing MS Office on that computer. Very useful if you want to work on an Office document on a computer, but the latest version isn't installed on it. When you close the MS Office application, it goes away since it's not installed on the computer.
  • Yammer: Collaborate, communicate and share information with class members and/or co-workers. Similar to Facebook, but is part of MSU and the MSU community. 
  • Intranet Sites (SharePoint): provides online workspaces and even document workflow. 
  • Teams: Provides chat, discussions, instant messaging, meetings, file space, and more.
  • Online Video Conferencing and broadcast (Skype for Business):
  • Security, compliance and privacy:

Which storage should I use? 

MavDISK vs. OneDrive

Capability or Feature MavDISK Office 365 OneDrive

Storage Space

32 GB Staff/Faculty 2 GB Students

5 TB (that's 5,000 GB) of file space

Sharing of Files: Internal

Shared with everyone @ MSU or private (not shared)

My_Public_Files for sharing.

Can specify access to each file or folder.

Shared with Everyone folder.

Can share with individuals and determine who can read, who can edit, and stop sharing at a particular date.

Sharing of Files: External None

Can specify access to each file

Group Folders Created and managed by ITS Created and managed by users
Synchronous Collaboration None Users can simultaneously work on the same documents in real time (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
Security FERPA, HIPAA, and MN Data Privacy Act compliant FERPA, HIPAA, and MN Data Privacy Act compliant
Ease of Use/Intuitive Interface Requires effort when away from campus (VPN connection)

Works the same everywhere with Internet connection.

Works with all browsers.

OneDrive App available for Android and IOS.

Sync files with desktops, laptops, phones. 

OneDrive Files On-Demand will make files appear to be on the laptop, but they are stored in OneDrive cloud and only copied down to the laptop when you want to open the file - saving disk space!

Formatting Options All File Formats Retained Working formats are limited when utilizing the web client only. Files can be downloaded to use locally stored programs.

  • Storage Space: MavDISK allows faculty and staff a maximum of 32 GB of storage space and 16 GB for students. OneDrive allows for 5 TB of storage for all current faculty, staff, and students.
  • Sharing of Files: Internal: MavDISK allows users to share files internally with everyone (using the public folder) or with just themselves (private folder). OneDrive allows users to share files and/or folders to anyone that they wish either by sharing with a link, sharing to everyone internally, or sharing via e-mail address(s).
  • Sharing of Files: External: MavDISK does not allow for external sharing of files or folders.
  • Group Folders: Group folders are created, allocated space, and managed by ITS in MavDISK. Within OneDrive, users are able to create their own group folders, inviting and removing people as they see fit.
  • Synchronous Collaboration: MavDISK does not allow multiple people to collaborate on a single document at the same time. OneDrive does allow for multiple people to collaborate on a single document at the same time.
  • Security: Both MavDISK and OneDrive are FERPA, HIPPA, and MN Data Privacy Act compliant.
  • Ease of Use/Intuitive Interface: While on a personal machine, it does take effort to access MavDISK by either mounting the drive or by going direct to the folder. While off of campus, a VPN connection is required. OneDrive can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection on any device.
  • Formatting Options: Because MavDISK is primarily a storage space, all files uploaded will retain their formatting. OneDrive will retain formatting, but is limited when utilizing the web client. Microsoft Office suite products will have the ability to be edited online, however other formats must first be downloaded before they can be edited.



For Students, free software downloads are available:

  • Free download of Microsoft Office:
    • Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows
    • Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac (new version coming soon)
    • Microsoft Office Mobile Apps:
      • Microsoft Office for Android
      • Microsoft Office for iPhone
      • Microsoft Office for iPad
      • Microsoft Office for Windows phone

For Faculty and Staff:

  • Advanced E-mail - Message Archiving.
  • Voicemail:
  • Office Mobile Apps:
    • Microsoft Office for Android
    • Microsoft Office for iPhone
    • Microsoft Office for iPad
    • Microsoft Office for Windows phone

Online Training Videos - by is a premium online learning service that you have access to as a faculty, staff, or student here at MNSU. You will have to create an account by following the steps at this web page, but once you have done so you will have full access to's expansive library of courses including those listed below.

Up and Running with Office 365 (Full online video course 2h 11m)

Using OneDrive and Office Web Apps

What is Office 365?

Office 365 e-book "Connect and collaborate virtually anywhere, anytime"

Office 365 Student E-mail

Microsoft Office 365 is the same fully featured e-mail service as MavMAIL integrated calendaring, notes, task management and chat service provided as MavMAIL and MavCHAT since 2000, but is hosted by Microsoft.

The system provides:

  • 100 GB of message storage
  • Attachments of up to 25 MB
  • Built-in anti-spam filtering
  • Access from the Web, Windows or Mac computers,
  • Mobile devices (Apple IOS, Android, Blackberry, other) and POP/IMAP

In addition to personal accounts, department / scheduling accounts can be requested to assist with providing a single point of contact for a group or department or to schedule resources such as rooms.


Project Timeline

  • December 2018

What To Expect Moving To Office 365 Unified Tenant (Dec 2018)

  • All of your existing e-mail, calendar, contacts tasks will be moved automatically.
  • You will still use your StarID and Password to login.
  • All of the same full features, options, functionality you've come to expect in MavMAIL are included in Office 365 Unified Tenant.
  • Outlook for PC and Outlook for Mac will automatically know that your mailbox has been moved from campus to Office 365 so no configuration changes are needed. However some Outlook Apps may need to be changed to point to the new server.
  • If you use the web browser version of campus e-mail, the MavMAIL logo will be changed to Microsoft Office 365 (we can't change that to MavMAIL at this time).
  • If you connect to campus e-mail using a smartphone, you will have to change your Microsoft Exchange configuration options. See the list of e-mail clients above.
  • Shared calendars will still exist in Office 365.
  • All address books still exist in Office 365.
  • You will be able to see students, faculty and staff throughout Minnesota State along with the ability to easily schedule meetings, send messages, Skype, and share OneDrive files.
  • If you are a student at, or work at multiple MinnState colleges or universities, you will have one mailbox rather than many.

FREE Microsoft Office ProPlus Suite for Students

The full Microsoft ProPlus Office Suite is now available for FREE to currently enrolled students at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Students can download the Office suite on up to five devices, including a Windows computer, Mac, Android, or iPhone/iPad. Students can keep their free Office Suite for as long as they are an active student.

Microsoft Office ProPlus Apps

Office for Windows Office for Mac Office for Android Office for iPhone & iPad Office for Windows 8 Tablet
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  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • OneNote
  • Access
  • Publisher
  • Outlook
  • Skype for Business
  • InfoPath

Support for Windows >

Other Apps:

  • OneDrive for Business sync app
  • Word Mobile
  • Excel Mobile
  • PowerPoint Mobile

Support for Android >

  • Word Mobile
  • Excel Mobile
  • PowerPoint Mobile
  • OneNote
  • Outlook Web App
  • Skype for Business
  • SharePoint
  • OneDrive for Business

Support for iPhone >

  • Word Mobile
  • Excel Mobile
  • PowerPoint Mobile
  • OneNote
  • Access
  • Publisher
  • Outlook
  • Skype for Business
  • InfoPath
  • OneDrive for Business

Support for Windows 8 tablet >