As Middlebury transitions services to the cloud for improved convenience and accessibility, we'd like to provide some basic terminology for reference.
- The Cloud: refers to files or services located elsewhere and accessed via the Internet, as opposed to being hosted locally on Middlebury's servers. This approach allows for cost savings due to scale, and better accessibility from off-campus.
- All students, faculty, and staff can store files in OneDrive and/or Google Drive cloud storage using their Middlebury account (firstname.lastname@example.org) and password.
- All students, faculty, and staff have a cloud-hosted Exchange e-mail account.
- Office 365: Microsoft's name for their entire range of cloud services, including Hosted Exchange (Outlook Web Access aka Webmail), OneDrive, Sharepoint, Office Online, etc.
- Google Apps for Education: Google's name for their entire range of cloud services, also known as Google Suite. Includes Google Drive, Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, etc.
- Google Drive: Google's file storage and sharing service, similar to OneDrive or Dropbox. You can access Google Drive via the Web, get the mobile app from the appropriate app store, or download the Google Drive app for Windows or Mac. The Google Drive for Desktop app is recommended for use with your Middlebury Google account. See our Google Drive notice for more information about Google's products, including feature comparisons.