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What Can You Do with SharePoint Online and Office 365?


Computing Services and Systems Development provides Office 365, a powerful set of online services that encompasses email, calendaring, file sharing, video, collaboration tools, and more. My Pitt Email for students is part of the Office 365 platform.

SharePoint Online, also included with Office 365, allows students, faculty, and staff to create collaborative websites that can be used to share files, assign tasks, start blogs, build workflows, and more. Microsoft SharePoint Online is a powerful set of tools that allows you to create, share, and collaborate more effectively. SharePoint Online is available at no cost to anyone with a University Computing Account. You can get started right now at pitt.sharepoint.com or at My Pitt (my.pitt.edu).  

What can you do with SharePoint Online? Almost anything you'd like.

Create Collaborative Websites

Create sites that you can use to store files, collaborate with others, create tasks, manage schedules, build workflows, or start a blog. You can share your site with others, even people outside Pitt.   

In addition to personal My Sites, faculty and staff can request SharePoint site collections to facilitate collaboration for their department, team, or project. Request a site collection >

Detailed Help: My Sites

Getting Started My Sites

Your Profile



Follow People and Sites

Document Libraries

Share Documents




Detailed Help: Site Collections for Faculty, Staff, and Departments


Store, Sync, and Work Together on Documents

SharePoint includes OneDrive for Business, which allows you to store up by 5 TB of files in the cloud so that you can easily access them across all of your devices. You can share your documents with anyone, and you can use sync to work with your files while you're offline. You can even work together on the same document at the same time, chat with collaborators right from within the document, and easily revert to previous versions of files whenever you need to.


Use Office on Any Device

Office Online gives you access to Office products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more in the cloud. So you can create and edit Office documents from anywhere on any device. In addition, Office ProPlus provides mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Apple and Android devices. It is available to all students as well as to all faculty and staff in departments with Microsoft campus agreements.    


Connect People, Documents, and Ideas

SharePoint includes Delve, a unique visual search tool that helps you find useful and interesting content anywhere in Office 365. You can use Delve to find documents you have worked on recently or documents your friends and colleagues have been working on. Just type a name and you will be able to see everything that person has given you permission to view. Sway is a tool included with Office 365 that can be used to create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more.


Share and Manage Your Videos

Office 365 Video is included with SharePoint Online. It allows you to upload, watch, and share videos anywhere, anytime, on any device. Spotlight recommendations and custom channels help you find video content that’s most relevant and helpful to you.


What Types of Data Can Be Stored on SharePoint?

Learn more about the types of data you can store on SharePoint Online >

Choosing the Right Collaboration Tools

SharePoint is a collection of many different tools that can be used in a wide variety of ways. Because SharePoint is so robust, some of its capabilities overlap with CSSD’s already rich set of collaboration services. If you aren’t sure which tool best meets your needs, the comparisons below might help you decide.

Personal Websites (SharePoint and AFS)

You can create your own personal website and host it on either SharePoint or the University’s AFS (Andrew File System) space.

SharePoint and AFS

Departmental Websites (SharePoint and EWI)

Departments must host their websites on the University’s Enterprise Web Infrastructure (EWI). However, SharePoint will allow departments to create and host site collections that can be used for team, project, department, or school-wide collaboration.

SharePoint and EWI

Cloud Storage and Collaboration (OneDrive for Business and pitt.box.com)

SharePoint Online includes OneDrive for Business, which enable you to store files in the cloud so that you can access them from anywhere on any device. Box (pitt.box.com) offers the same service. Both allow you to share files with others so that you can work together collaboratively.

SharePoint and Box

Video Hosting and Sharing (Office 365 Video and My Pitt Video)

You can upload, manage, and share videos using Office 365 Video, which is included with SharePoint Online, or you can choose to use the University’s My Pitt Video service, which is powered by Panopto. Both enable to you to specify who has access to your videos.  

 SharePoint and Panopto