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Productivity and Storage Options

Productivity solutions are applications used to view, create and modify documents. Storage options include cloud locations to upload and retain documents and files.


Productivity applications include tools to create spreadsheets, letters, reports, presentations, forms, surveys and more. Tools are also available for collaboration and to manage office, employee, and student work. 

NDSU offers several cloud-based storage options for students and employees. These options allow for the upload and download of files in a secure cloud-based location that can be accessed from home, office, campus or wherever you choose. 

Productivity applications with secure cloud-based storage: 

  • Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Classroom, Drive and more) 
  • Microsoft Teams (included with O365 web or desktop versions - workspace, chat, videoconference, file storage and application integration) 
  • Microsoft Office 365 (Online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and more) 
  • Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (Desktop versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook) 
  • Microsoft One-Drive (included with O365) 
  • Campus-based storage is available for employees via NDSU Central File Services.

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Intended Audience

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Using this solution


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]


University-funded: no charge.


Must be a campus supported product

Getting Started

Getting started will vary by the product selected. Review specific products for starting point.

Best Practices

Use a campus supported product to ensure safety and security of files. See links below to learn about the features of each application and determine which best meets your needs.

Learn More/How To's


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Use Cases

  • Create, edit and access Office 365 files from either the desktop or online applications 
  • Office 365 files saved to OneDrive are synchronized between desktop and online applications so they can be accessed and edited from any internet connected device 
  • Teams can be used to create collaborate workspaces for groups and departments including file sharing, storage, chats, meetings, and a variety of other tools 
  • Google apps can be used to create, edit, access, and share files online. 
  • Teams, Google and O365 apps can be used for synchronous and asynchronous collaboration

Universal Design/Accessibility

Ensure that any product used is accessible for all users. Check accessibility for documents by using the tools available within the product being used. Fix all accessibility issues prior to distributing or storing the documents. Offer alternatives to meet the needs of students following guidelines of Universal Design for Learning

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Keywords:service, spreadsheets, letters, reports, presentations, forms, surveys, storage, cloud-based storage, drive, workspace, chat, videoconference, file storage and application integration, onedrive   Doc ID:114417
Owner:Sharley K.Group:IT Knowledge Base
Created:2021-10-20 15:22 CSTUpdated:2022-02-02 10:28 CST
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