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Microsoft 365 at SFU Roadmap

Last updated: Tue, 13 Jul 2021 9:00 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 will welcome 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 will be making Microsoft Teams available to faculty, staff, and graduate students.
  • OneDrive is a personal file sharing and storage solution similar to SFU Vault, but it is integrated into the Microsoft family of products. This service will be made available to 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?

Given the recent upgrade to SFU Vault in June 2021, the retirement of this service has been postponed until further notice. Future announcements will be made on SFU Vault’s retirement once details of the timeline are confirmed.

MS Teams (for faculty, staff, and graduate students) and OneDrive (for all SFU users) will be new services that serve as modern file sharing and collaboration platforms at SFU. These will be additional file sharing options alongside SFU Vault. 

Will SFU Canvas be impacted by the launch of Teams?

The official launch of Microsoft Teams on October 18, 2021 will be 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.

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.