As Middlebury transitions services to the cloud for improved convenience and accessibility, we'd like to provide some basic terminology for reference. Click the name in bold for more information.
- 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.
- Office 365: Microsoft's name for all of their cloud services, including Hosted Exchange (Outlook Web Access aka Webmail), OneDrive, Sharepoint, Office Online, etc.
- Google Apps for Education: Google's name for their 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 on the appropriate app store, or download the Google Drive app for Windows or Mac. The Drive File Stream 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.
Why should I care?
Middlebury is moving more and more services to the cloud. As of late 2016, we've already moved our e-mail and Middfiles "home" directories to Office 365.