Chat, Video, & Collaboration

I am a Harvard College student. Why can't I log into Skype or other Office 365 applications?

As a Harvard College student, your email, calendaring, and social applications are supported by Google. Your college.harvard.edu account is a Gmail account. It also gives you access to the Google Education Suite, including: Drive, Hangouts, Chats, Calendar, Sites and more. You do not have access to Microsoft Exchange products, which include, Outlook online, Calendar online and Skype for Business. You do have access to most Microsoft products including: SharePoint, Yammer, Microsoft Forms and the Office Online for Education suite.

Why is Harvard implementing SharePoint?

We are offering SharePoint as a powerful collaboration service to fulfill part of the University-wide Strategic IT Planning initiative to offer robust collaboration and communications tools to the Harvard community.

Who will be eligible to get a SharePoint for Harvard account?

We will initially be offering SharePoint for Harvard to Central Administration and FAS. Sites created by Central Administration or FAS users may also be accessed by Divinity, Radcliffe, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Design, & Harvard School of Public Health staff and faculty.  These users will be able to access SharePoint automatically by going to http://mso.harvard.edu, clicking on the "Access my account" link, and entering their username and password (same that you use to access email).  If in the course of… Read more about Who will be eligible to get a SharePoint for Harvard account?

What kinds of collaborations should not be conducted within SharePoint?

The SharePoint for Harvard service can house university-related confidential data that strictly abides by our security policies. Please refer to the Harvard Information Security website for comprehensive information. Please note that any collaboration involving non-Harvard related confidential information should not be conducted in SharePoint.

In terms of high-risk confidential data (HRCI), SharePoint for Harvard will be certified to house this information soon. Until that time, no HRCI should be stored in SharePoint. For more information… Read more about What kinds of collaborations should not be conducted within SharePoint?

Which web browser(s) and devices are recommended for SharePoint?

SharePoint works best with recent versions of Internet Explorer on a Windows computer, but is also compatible with current versions of Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and mobile browsers as used on iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, or Android devices. 

What are the benefits of Google Apps for Harvard?

How is Google Apps for Harvard different from my personal Google account?

Google has agreed that Harvard users’ documents are confidential information. They will not disclose them except as required by law or in the unusual case of disclosure to their employees, agents, and affiliates if strictly necessary to provide Google Apps services..

Who can use Google Apps for Harvard?

Google Apps for Harvard is available to FAS faculty, students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Extension and Summer School students, and academic staff in FAS (e.g. researchers,… Read more about What are the benefits of Google Apps for Harvard?