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UW SharePoint Online

What is UW SharePoint Online?

UW SharePoint Online is a web based collaboration and communication suite that is used by departments at the UW to meet a range of needs such as: Departmental Intranets, small group work (e.g. search and other committees), business process automation (e.g. travel requests), knowledge management, and file management. SharePoint Online is tightly integrated with the Microsoft Office suite so files can be created and edited in SharePoint directly from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. When the full versions of the Microsoft Office programs are not available, files can be created and edited using the online versions of these programs (Office Online). Mobile versions of the Microsoft Office programs can be installed on phones and tablets so that files can be accessed on SharePoint Online and edited from anywhere as long as there is an internet connection.

Learn more about the benefits and features of SharePoint Online

Office 365 Groups and Microsoft Teams

A SharePoint Online site collection is an integral part of Office 365 Groups and Microsoft Teams. A request for an Office 365 Group or an Instance of Microsoft Teams can be made using the SharePoint Online request form below. A Modern Team site is provisioned and linked to each O365 Group or instance of MS Teams.

Microsoft Teams Quick Start

Using Office 365 Groups with Outlook

How do I sign up for a site collection?

A site collection provides a starting point for the many different functions offered through SharePoint Online.  A site collection can consist of a single site, with very specific goals, or multiple sites, each with their own unique functions.  To sign up for a site collection use our SharePoint Online request form.

Where can I get help?

The SharePoint Community of practice is an excellent UW working group for SharePoint-related discussions.

SharePoint Online Quick Start from Microsoft helps new users get started with SharePoint and includes additional information about advanced training.

SharePoint help center is a more comprehensive learning site for SharePoint, best for advanced users.