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Note: Email usernames end with (ex:

See Getting Started below for additional login tips.

Microsoft Office 365: Email and Collaboration
Students, faculty and staff at Minot State University use the Microsoft Office 365 email system, which is provided by the North Dakota University System (NDUS).

As a part of Microsoft Office 365, students, faculty and staff receive Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for personal computers and tablets at no cost. Office 365 ProPlus includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Skype for Business, and more. Click the Get Office tab below for more information.

Outlook Mobile is available for Apple IOS and Google Android .

Getting Started

Access Office 365 by going to Outlook Web Access or by opening Microsoft Outlook 2013/2016 on your computer.

  • Sign in with: (ex:
  • Password: Same password as used for Blackboard and Campus Connection.

Note: Your sign-in email address ends with because your account was created as part of the ND University System (NDUS). This is only used to sign in to your account. Your email address that you will give out is still (ex:

  • Email Address: (ex:
  • Specify your time zone: When you log in for the first time, you will need to specify your time zone so your messages are time stamped correctly.

Problems logging in for the first time?

Please make sure you are using the correct username and password and try a different browser or contact the MSU Helpdesk.

Office 365 Login

The button at the top left allows you to access your calendar and contacts

Office 365 Mailbox

Mobile Devices

Outlook Mobile is available for Apple IOS and Google Android. You may also use the built in mail apps using the following instructions.

Apple iPhone:

Set up Office 365 email in the iOS Mail app

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Choose Add Account.
  4. Select "Exchange" Account.
    1. Email: Enter your email address (
    2. Password.
    3. Description: label it however you wish to have it appear in the Accounts section.
    4. Click Next.
  5. If prompted more more setting, enter the server Leave domain blank and enter full email address for username (
  6. Select what you wish to sync with the phone.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Go to Mail and refresh to download mail.
  9. View individual accounts by going down to the Accounts section, or view the individual account under All Inboxes.

Google Android (Samsung, Motorola, LG, etc..):

  1. Go to Mail App.
  2. Choose New Account.
  3. Chose "Corporate", "ActiveSync" or "Exchange" Account depending on your phone vendor.
  4. Enter your email username ( and password
  5. If prompted more more setting, enter the server Leave domain blank and enter full email address for username (
  6. Go to Mail and refresh to download mail.

All other mobile devices

Use this Microsoft page for assistance setting up your email, contact, and calendar access.

Office 365 Features

Office 365 App Launcher Icon Visit the Office 365 web portal for a list of all available applications:

Message and Recipient Limits

  • The recipient rate limit for Office 365 allows users to send email to up to 10,000 recipients per day.
  • Please visit with MSU IT Department for more information on sending mass email messages.


  • Clutter is a feature in Office 365 which identifies low priority messages and moves them into a separate folder, outside of the inbox.
  • Clutter is turned on by default for the Office 365 accounts.
  • For additional information on Clutter, including how it works and how to disable it, visit this Microsoft help page on Clutter


Outlook is a mail application that can be installed on a computer instead of using the web based access. Outlook has all of the same Mail features as listed above.

Signing into Outlook

  1. Open Outlook and choose the File tab
  2. On the E-mail Accounts page, choose Add Account
  3. On the Auto Account Setup page, enter your name, email address ( and password and then choose Next.
  4. Choose Finish.

Microsoft FindTime

Ever spent more time deciding when to meet than actually meeting? FindTime is here to solve the problem.

  • Find the best times FindTime shows what days and times work the best for you and the attendees when available using free/busy data
  • All attendees vote Propose your selected times to all attendees and allow everyone to vote and quickly come to a consensus
  • ...and you’re done! FindTime sends out the meeting invite on your behalf

Word Microsoft Word is a program that allows users to type and save documents.

PowerPoint PowerPoint is a software package designed to create electronic presentations consisting of a series of separate pages or slides.

Excel Excel is a software program that is used for storing, organizing and manipulating data.

For instructions on installing office on your personal devices please see the "Get Office" tab above

Skype for Business (formerly known as Lync) can be used for chat and video collaboration. Use instant message, audio call, or video conference with instructors, classmates, club or other organization members. Skype for Business is part of Office 365 ProPlus.

Setting up Skype for Business

  1. After Skype for Business is installed sign in using the same username as your MSU email (
  2. Once signed in set a personal status to let your peers or coworkers know your availability.
  3. Visit this Link for instructions on basic functions of Skype for Business.


  1. Skype for Business can be used to collaborate with peers or coworkers. From within a conversation users are able to share their personal computer screen, share a document, or a whiteboard.
  2. Webcam and microphone features are perfect for work or school meetings. Skype for Business meetings can even be recorded.

Office Mix is a free extension to PowerPoint that makes it easy to turn your presentations into online lessons and share with peers, students, and coworkers. Learn More >

Installing Office Mix

  1. Close PowerPoint and navigate to and select "Get Office Mix"
  2. Select the option for a work or school email account and sign in with your MSU email information.
  3. After the install is complete open PowerPoint and you should see "Mix" in the top ribbon.

SharePoint allows users to share and collaborate resources with any other student, faculty or staff member within the North Dakota University System.

Setting up OneDrive for Business

  1. Log in to
  2. Click on OneDrive. If this is the first time accessing OneDrive for Business, there will be a short configuration period.
  3. To Sync OneDrive to your personal computer, click Sync and then Sync again.

Click here for additional information and a video tutorial.

Creating a File

  1. Log into
  2. Click on OneDrive. If this is your first time accessing OneDrive for Business, you may need to refer to the section above to configure your account.
  3. Click +new to create a new file.
  4. Select the type of document you would like to create (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) or upload an existing file.
  5. If creating a new file, enter the name for the file when prompted and click OK.
  6. The file will open in Microsoft Web App (a lite browser-based version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or One Note). You are now able to create and edit the document.

Editing a File

  1. Log into
  2. Click on OneDrive.
    1. If this is your first time accessing OneDrive for Business, you may need to refer to the section above to configure your account.
  3. You can view and edit the file within your browser using Microsoft Web Apps.
  4. Select the file you wish to edit.
  5. To edit, click Edit at the top of the web app.
  6. If you want to make changes that require the full set of capabilities found in the Office desktop programs, click the command to open the document in the desktop program (Edit in Word, Edit in Excel, Edit in PowerPoint, or Edit in OneNote). To continue to work in the web app version, click Edit Online.

Additional information and video tutorials can be found on Microsoft's Help Site.

Sharing a File

Sway is an online program that allows you to give interactive presentations. Sway links directly with to help research and gather information for a class project. Learn More>

Get Office

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is available for current MSU students, faculty, and staff at no cost.

  • Office 365 ProPlus is a full version of Office, which includes: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, and more.
  • Each user can install Office 365 ProPlus on up to five home or personally-owned PCs/Macs and up to five mobile devices. Office mobile applications are accessible on iPhone and Android phones and automatically included with all Windows phones.

Please note: Students must be enrolled in one or more credits for the current semester to be eligible for Office 365 ProPlus.

Installation Instructions


  1. Log in to Office 365 Portal
  2. Once logged in, click on "Install Office 2016" in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Save and Run the installation file and follow the prompts to complete the installation.


Please visit the Office 365 Mobile setup page for instructions on how to install Office 365 apps on your specific mobile device.

  1. Install the app on your device.
  2. After the installation is complete, open the app.
  3. When prompted, enter your email address.
  4. Select Organization account and type your MSU email password.

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