Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is a set of cloud-hosted (online) and desktop applications that allow you to work and collaborate anywhere from any device.  

This service and vendor documentation are cloud hosted. Updates are not controlled by Towson University. TU-specific documentation is reviewed quarterly to bring it into alignment with the most recent version of the service or software. 

Current TU students, faculty and staff get online storage through OneDrive, and Microsoft applications - including Word, Excel and PowerPoint - at no cost. Collaborate on documents accessed from TU desktops or TU or personal devices with an Internet connection.  

Students must be enrolled for the current or next semester to access these apps, or as long as you have a valid NetID. NetIDs remain in place until 18 months after the last semester attended. 

Microsoft Projects

Student move to Microsoft 365

Student email, calendar and storage accounts are moving from Google to Microsoft 365. You can start using OneDrive for storage now. Learn more about the project at

Available Applications 

Students: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, To Do and OneDrive. Coming soon: Outlook (email and calendar).

Faculty/Staff: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook, Bookings, Calendar, Class Notebook, Forms, Lists, People, Power Apps, Power Automate, SharePoint, Staff Notebook, Stream, Visio, Viva Insights. 

How to access

An active TU NetID is required, and you may have to perform Duo Multi-Factor Authentication when accessing Microsoft 365 services.

Self-Help Resources

Get an overview of Microsoft 365.  


Excel is a spreadsheet software program, and a powerful documentation, data visualization and analysis tool.


Create a form or quiz with questions, define settings, share your form, and check the results. Learn more about using Forms. 

If you are collecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or need a form for the University website, see Requesting Electronic Forms.


Track information and organize work. Create a list from scratch, from Excel, from an existing list, or from a template. Learn more about using Microsoft Lists. 


This cloud service stores and protects files and allows you to share them from anywhere on any device.


Outlook on the Web is TU's email and calendar service for faculty and staff. Send and receive email messages, manage calendars, store contact names and numbers and track tasks. Students will use Outlook for email and calendar starting in spring/summer 2023. Learn more about the project and see migration schedule.


PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation tool.


SharePoint serves as a single source for storing, viewing, and updating documents within an organization while providing additional features such as a calendar, task list, announcements and more. 


Word is a text processing and visual document creation tool that allows for collaboration, sharing and editing. 


Access Microsoft's searchable help articles. Explore LinkedIn for additional ways to use Microsoft 365. If you have trouble logging in with your NetID, contact the OTS Faculty/Staff Help Center or Student Computing Services.

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