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Microsoft Office 365 Available For Students, Faculty and Staff

O365 headerAll students, faculty, and staff receive a Microsoft Office 365 account when they join the University. Office 365 is a hosted email and collaboration suite provided by Microsoft that includes such features as:

  • Email storage of 50 GB per account
  • Personal online data storage of 1 TB per account
  • Access to email and storage through the internet using your MSU Denver NetID
  • Downloadable MS Office Suite
  • Mobile Apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote
  • Communication and collaboration tools such as Teams and Skype for Business

Frequently Asked Questions about Office 365

Additional information for setting up email clients (Outlook (PC/MAC), Mac Mail, etc.)


Students / Faculty / Staff

All students, faculty and staff receive five free copies of Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac or personal use at no additional cost.

Users are able to download the Microsoft Office suite from their Office 365 account. Users can have this software active on up to five different devices.

Follow these steps to install the Microsoft Office suite.

1. Navigate to

2. Enter your MSU Denver email address and click 'Next'.

3. Enter the password for your MSU Denver email address and click 'Sign In'.?

4. Click on 'Install Office' button near the top of the page.

5. Follow the page's instructions to download and run the installer. The installer will let you know when the software installation is complete.

Note for Mac users:  You may be prompted to activate the software the first time you run it. Use the option "Sign in to an existing Office 365 subscription" and enter your MSU Denver email address and password.


Students / Faculty / Staff

Use business-class email through a rich and familiar Outlook experience you can access from your mobile device, desktop client, or web browser. 

  • 50 GB dedicated email quota
  • Exchange-based email, calendar, and contacts
  • Better integration with Outlook 
  • Calendar Sharing with Faculty and Staff 

Follow these steps to access your email account:

1. Go to the Student Hub.

2. Click the 'Email' link.

3. The MSU Denver single sign-on page will display.

Single Sign-On Page

‌2. Enter your NetID and password and click the 'LOGIN' button.‌

3. Beneath 'Collaborate with Office Online', click the square that says 'Outlook'.

‌4. The email system will load as above.  If you are prompted, select a language and time zone.

second login

‌5. You are now in the email system.


Students / Faculty / Staff

Office 365 provides two primary file storage and sharing solutions depending on your needs: OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams.

OneDrive for Business

  • Microsoft's dedicated file hosting service.
  • Every MSU Denver Office 365 account provides 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
  • Recommended for personal, work-related file storage.

Microsoft Teams

  • Microsoft's unified communications platform.
  • Provides a host of collaboration features besides file sharing, including video calls, meetings, and presentations.
  • Recommended for group- and project-based file storage.

Quick Start Guide - OneDrive and Teams

Share Documents and folders in onedrive for business


Students / Faculty / Staff

Skype for Business (S4B) is a component of the Office 365 suite, allowing unified communications among MSU Denver employees. In addition to supporting our Voice Over IP telephone infrastructure, S4B offers 1:1 and group IM chat, video conferencing, and screen sharing. Skype for Business integrates with Microsoft Outlook, providing presence information and allowing a seamless transition between multiple communications mediums.

Skype for Business is installed on all newly-deployed MSU Denver computers. If S4B is not installed on your assigned MSU Denver computer and you are enrolled in the Asset Management Program, you can download S4B using the Software Self Service feature. Step-by-step software installation instructions are available on the Self Service FAQ webpage. If you are not enrolled in the Asset Management Program and you would like to be, submit an enrollment request using the form located on the Hardware and Asset Management Program webpage.

S4B synergizes with Outlook to allow users to set up and join conference calls. Please visit Microsoft's support website for step-by-step instructions on scheduling a conference call online through Outlook.


Students / Faculty / Staff    

Office Web Apps are touch-friendly web applications that let you create, edit and share your Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files from any browser.
Additional information is available on Microsoft's website.

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Last Update: May 2020

Further Assistance

If you have additional questions, concerns, or need immediate assistance - Please contact the MSU Denver Helpdesk.


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