Office 365 for students
As from half October Microsoft’s collaborative platform Office 365 will be available for students at Tilburg University. You will be able to collaborate more easily with fellow students and/or staff at Tilburg University when you have various up-to-date applications and facilities at your disposal.
Office 365 apps
Tilburg University students have access to the following Office ProPlus facilities:
- OneDrive (read the news item on what changes to expect on storage facilities as from half October)
- Microsoft Teams (available with the start of the second semester 2020/2021)
To approach these apps, go to the following start page: https://portal.office.com
You can log on to Office 365 with your Tilburg University username in combination with your password. Mandatory two-factor authentication (2FA) will be introduced for Office 365 users. This means that, apart from logging on with your Tilburg University username and password, you need to approve a notification in the Microsoft Authenticator app.
So if you want to use Office 365, you have to install Microsoft Authenticator on your smartphone. You can do so when you first start using Office 365 tools. You have to complete a number of steps the first time to set up the second verification method. You can then log on to the Office 365 applications by means of the app. When you log on to one of the applications on your laptop, you will receive a notification on your smartphone via the Authenticator app to approve the log-on on your laptop.
The log-on frequency for Office 365 applications is limited: as long as you work on the same desktop and exclusively use the desktop applications (installed on your computer, like Word, and your files in Windows Explorer), logging on is only necessary once every three weeks. In addition, you also need to log on after you log off or change your password. When you use the online versions in your browser, logging on is always necessary.
Personal data protection
2FA will make logging on considerably safer and, as a result, we will be less vulnerable to attacks. Moreover, it is only normal these days to use more than just one factor when logging on.
Furthermore, all data saved within the Office 365 environment are stored in a datacenter inside the EU. These Microsoft datacenters where our data are stored meet GDPR requirements.