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Microsoft Office 365 Environment Gets a Name Change March 20

Friday, March 6, 2020

The university will shorten its tenant ID in Microsoft Office 365 from Leland Stanford Junior University to Stanford on March 20, 2020. The tenant ID is the name that represents the organization in the Microsoft Office environment.

This renaming shouldn’t impact functionality. However, it changes how certain pages or features appear. Here’s what to expect:

  • Certain apps like OneDrive, SharePoint, Yammer, and Windows Mail display the tenant name. You’ll see the new name when you navigate to these apps. 

  • If you sync OneDrive files from your cloud account to your computer, you’ll see the new tenant name in the name of the OneDrive folder (root folder) on your local drive.

  • If you’ve set up other Microsoft accounts with your university email address, you’ll see the new tenant name when you navigate to the sign-in page to select the account that you want to authenticate.

  • When you sign in to certain third-party websites, such as LinkedIn, using your Stanford Office 365 account, you’ll see the new tenant name along with your account name.

  • Many Office third-party add-ins display the tenant name. You’ll see the new tenant name if you use certain add-in commands.

Important note about syncing OneDrive

If you have trouble syncing to OneDrive after the name change, you will need to sign out and then sign back in. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, please submit a Help request.

Why this change is happening?

When the university deployed Office 365, the institution’s legal name, Leland Stanford Junior University, was chosen as the tenant name. We are transitioning to the shorter name of “Stanford” to improve overall useability.

 How to get help

If you have questions about this change or need help, please submit a Help request.

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