Remote Work Tools

IT at Cornell logoSitting in an office cubicle from 9-5 every day is a thing of the past.  Cornell is embracing the modern workplace,  which is anywhere you want it to be.

Web Conferencing


Since June of 2017, Cornell IT has offered Zoom, a full-featured web and video conferencing service, to students, faculty, and staff free of charge. This service offers access to online meetings and webinars and includes features such as polling, breakout rooms, and a wide variety of audio options. Anyone with a Cornell Net ID can access Zoom by visiting the CIT website.


Before 2017, Cornell offered WebEX as a web conferencing service, so if you are currently transitioning, you may want to learn more about the similarities and differences between WebEx and Zoom. Still feeling slightly uneasy about the technology? CIT offers Zoom training so that you can feel like an expert in no time. Start training today.

Skype for Business

If Zoom is not your thing, you can also try Skype for Business, which is available to all Cornell faculty, staff, and students for free. Skype for Business is similar to Zoom in that it offers voice/video calls, online meetings, and desktop sharing. However, if you are looking for something less formal, Skype for Business may be more suitable for your needs. Its instant messaging capabilities make quick chats with your teammates easy and effective. Learn more about Skype for Business here: Windows, Mac.

Collaboration and Communication


Different remote collaboration tools are also available for all your project management needs. Faculty and staff can use Sharepoint, for example, which stores, syncs, and shares documents, files, and information, keeping everyone on the same page. Stay organized now that information is not buried in individual group members’ email accounts or lost in a fileserver or single person’s hard drive.

Google Suite

If Sharepoint isn’t for you, CIT also offers faculty and staff the option to activate a G Suite account, which includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Drive, and Google Sites. As a Cornell student, you are automatically given access to G Suite once you’ve activated your Cmail account. Another option students may consider is Cornell Box, which has similar capabilities to Sharepoint and Google Drive.

My Extension Everywhere

If you have a campus extension phone number as a faculty or staff member, you can forward phone calls to another number, such as a personal mobile phone. This service is called “My Extension Everywhere,” and can easily be turned on and off, so you can control when calls made to your campus phone number will ring on your alternate phone. Learn more.