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Microsoft 365 at SFU Roadmap

Last updated: Mon, 30 May 2022 11:26 AM

Over the next two years, IT Services will be introducing more Microsoft 365 cloud services to help our community engage virtually and expand SFU's capabilities for unified communications in the future:

Introducing Microsoft Teams and OneDrive at SFU

On Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, SFU introduced Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) and OneDrive as new services that will help our community virtually collaborate wherever you may be:

  • Microsoft Teams is a virtual collaboration app that combines instant messaging, video conferencing, group file sharing/storage, and more to foster digital workspaces across SFU. As a first step, we are making Microsoft Teams available to current faculty, staff, and graduate students.
  • OneDrive is an individual file sharing and storage solution similar to SFU Vault, but it is integrated into the Microsoft family of products. This service is available to all current faculty, staff, and students. 

What's next?

We are just getting started. As the SFU community adopts MS Teams and OneDrive, IT Services will be introducing more Microsoft 365 cloud services to help our community engage virtually and expand SFU's capabilities for unified communications in the future. We will also make MS Teams available for undergraduate students to provide them with an enhanced virtual experience.

Stay tuned and watch this page for more updates!

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Microsoft Teams and OneDrive replace SFU Vault?

Effective January 31st, 2022, SFU Vault’s vendor support license will expire. As we prepare to replace SFU Vault in early 2023, we will provide advanced notice and support for those who need help moving to alternative solutions.

We encourage you to explore MS Teams (for faculty, staff, and graduate students) and OneDrive (for all SFU users), which are new services that serve as modern file sharing and collaboration platforms at SFU. For more information, and steps on how to migrate files from SFU Vault, visit the page on SFU Vault migration.

Will SFU Canvas be impacted by the launch of Teams?

The recent launch of Microsoft Teams on October 18, 2021 is for faculty, staff, and graduate students.

There will be a subsequent project for providing MS Teams to enhance undergraduate student experience as an additional option alongside SFU Canvas. This does not aim to replace any existing learning management systems.

What is the relationship between Teams, SharePoint Online, and SharePoint On-Premises?

Teams & SharePoint Online

  • When you create a team in MS Teams, a Teams connected team/channel site gets automatically created in SharePoint Online. 
  • This site is used as a file repository by MS Teams. When you click on the 'Files' tab within team channels, the files you see are either stored in your Teams connected site or Teams connected channel sites.

SharePoint Online and SharePoint On-Premises

  • SharePoint Online and SharePoint On-Premises are two distinct, separate services. There is no linkages or direct communication between the two services.
  • SharePoint Online site links will always start with "https://1sfu.sharepoint.com".
  • SharePoint On-Premises site links will always start with "https://sharepoint.sfu.ca".

When will SharePoint Online be fully supported at SFU?

SFU is looking to fully support SharePoint Online by September 2023.

I am currently using SharePoint On-Premises, should I start using SharePoint online?

If your department already has a SharePoint site at SFU, we recommend that you continuing using SFU's SharePoint on-premises service until SharePoint Online is introduced in 2023.

At this time, support for SharePoint Online is limited to MS Teams. This includes the SharePoint Online document library connected to a team, but does not extend to any further customization of a SharePoint Online site.

Need help? Please see our collection of FAQs or visit the how-to guides.

For additional assistance, contact the IT Service Desk at it-servicedesk@sfu.ca or 778-782-8888.