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Feedback on Office365 outage

Friday, January 25th, 2019

On Thursday, 24 January, from 10:30 to 22:00 Outlook users across large parts of the world were left without email. A major outage affecting, among others, South Africa, South America and Europe was caused by a technical problem at one of Microsoft’s data centres in Europe. 

Subsequently, all Stellenbosch University staff could also not access their email. Connectivity to Microsoft Exchange was restored Thursday evening late and staff and students were able to access their emails again. For a full report from Microsoft on the incident, click here 

Keep in mind that cybercriminals could use incidents like these to launch attacks on email users. Neither Microsoft, not IT will ever ask you to reactivate your Microsoft account or divulge personal details.

Please take note that, in instances where email is unavailable, our Twitter feed will be used as the main communication channel and the latest updates will be posted on the feed. For any inquiries please contact the IT Service Desk at 021 808 4367 or log a request on the ICT Partner Portal.

Tell your story with Sway

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Are you tired of predictable PowerPoint presentations seeping into meetings? Especially those with added sound and image effects. Save your office from boredom and convince your colleagues to start using Microsoft’s Sway.

Office Sway is a presentation program and part of the Microsoft Office family of products.  Microsoft markets it as a “digital storytelling app”. On a practical level the software can be utilised to create presentations, reports, newsletters, etc.

Apart from adding your static content, Sway allows you to add interactive content such as videos and charts. You also don’t have to worry about formatting or design – Sway does it for you. Users can pull content locally from the device in use, or from internet sources such as Bing, OneDrive, YouTube, and Facebook. Additionally it suggests relevant images, videos and tweets you might want to add to your presentation.

Sway is available as a downloadable app for Windows 10, iPhone and iPad or as part of the Office online package. Keep in mind that Windows 10 is not yet used on campus PCs, but you can install it on your home PC.

 [SOURCES: www.wikpedia.org, www.gizmag.com, www.techradar.com]

 

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