Office 2016 and Skype for Business on the way

‌Update from IT Services

Image of the Microsoft Office 2016 logo

The University’s managed computer desktops are moving to the latest version of Office 2016. It will be in Student PC Clusters (CSCE) for the upcoming session and is available now to staff using Standard Staff Desktop (SSD). New features include Skype for Business which integrates with the university’s email system.

The updated product also offers improved sharing, collaboration and co-authoring tools for document management using Office 2016 and OneDrive for Business.

IT Services offer dedicated on-campus data and document storage for research collaboration through OwnCloud for researchers.

University of Glasgow File Storing and Sharing/Collaboration services.

Getting started with Office 2016

Staff using SSD can install Office 2016 from the Software Center desktop icon. It takes about half an hour, during this time you can keep working using SSD remote desktop. Speak to your IT team for advice if you are not using SSD.

Remember, you can install Office 2016 on up to ten of your personal devices - PC, MAC, laptop, tablet and smartphone - from Office 365.

Skype for Business coming soon

A pilot group of UofG colleagues, together with the Students’ Representative Council, are trying the Skype service first, before making it is made available to everyone. It lets you easily switch between instant message, audio and video, search for University staff/students, store contact in favourites and groups, schedule meetings from Outlook, share PowerPoint presentations, whiteboard or your desktop, create Q&A, create polls, and record meetings.

We’ll let you know when the pilot results are in, and Skype for Business is ready for you.


First published: 9 August 2016

<< August