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Office 365 offers employees new tools

Office 365 will make it easier for USPS employees to work together remotely, among other advantages.

The Postal Service is implementing Office 365, an advanced version of Microsoft Office that will provide employees with new tools and help keep USPS competitive in today’s rapidly evolving business world.

Users will have secure access to Office 365 from any Postal Service-issued device, including workstations, smartphones and tablets. Users will be able to access all applications — including Word, Outlook, Teams and SharePoint — anywhere, anytime.

“Our goal is to equip employees with modern technology and empower them to use it,” said Chief Information Officer Pritha Mehra. “We’re already seeing positive results from the increased collaboration made possible by these new tools.”

The Office 365 support team has migrated more than 10,000 ACE users so far to Office 365 and additional users will be migrated throughout the year.

As part of these modernizations, Outlook users will receive up to 100 gigabytes of email storage space, plus unlimited archiving.

USPS is also providing users with OneDrive, which operates as a cloud-based “My Documents” application. This allows users to access, edit and share files, and any changes are automatically synced across their postal-issued devices.

Microsoft Teams is the featured platform of Office 365, allowing members of a work group to store, access and coedit files and collaborate in real time. To use Teams, users must request access in eAccess.

Regular help sessions called O365 Office Hours are available every Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. EST so users can receive tips and tricks and ask questions.

Office 365 is a cornerstone of the Postal Service’s Office Workplace Modernization Program, which equips ACE users with the technology they need to excel in the workplace. The program’s Blue page has information on Office 365 training, the Office Hours help sessions and more.