Microsoft 365: Overview

This article reviews Microsoft 365: what is it, how to use it, and where to access it.

Note: Use of Microsoft 365 apps falls under Bryn Mawr College’s Acceptable Use and Data Handling policies.

What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is a broad suite of apps and services that are frequently updated with improvements and new features, all of which can be accessed via

Commonly used applications

Outlook application iconOneDrive application iconOneNote application iconMicrosoft Office online applications icon
(Mail, Calendar, People)
Office Online
(Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Outlook: access your College email, manage your schedule, and view your contacts
  • OneDrive: upload documents to save space and easily share
  • OneNote: take notes digitally to save paper and access across devices
  • Office Online: simultaneously collaborate and create

Webmail vs. Outlook

All data or information stored or access through the College's Microsoft 365 applications must abide by the College's Data Handling Policy.

For a full comparison in features, see Microsoft's documentation.

Connection Instructions
Outlook for Windows
Outlook for macOS
Outlook & Office for iOS
Outlook & Office for Android

Webmail refers to Outlook on the web (formerly known as OWA, or the Outlook Web Application), and is accessible at

Outlook desktop application refers to the standalone program installed on your computer, allowing offline access to your College email's inbox.


The Calendar accessible via or the Outlook desktop application allows you to:


Use OneDrive to store, share, and sync your files to ensure your data is backed up and safe!

Other applications

There are many other Office 365 apps available, be sure to check them all out! Some of these include:

  • Forms
  • Lists
  • Planner
  • Sway
  • Teams
  • To Do
  • Yammer

Microsoft Support Resources:


If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

Phone: 610-526-7440 | Library and Help Desk hours
Email: help@brynmawr.eduService catalog
Location: Canaday Library 1st floor