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Here’s the Skinny on Microsoft Office


Have you ever wondered why some faculty in your department have access to Microsoft Office and others don’t?  Microsoft licensing is confusing, and we want to help clear it up. 

Faculty, staff, students, sponsored accounts, retirees, emeritus faculty, and departmental accounts with a NetID have access to Microsoft 365, the online portal for Microsoft. You may want to note that the Microsoft Office 365 version receives the latest and greatest features first. Microsoft 365 includes:  

  • Email, Calendar, and Contacts 
  • OneDrive 
  • Online Office web apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote 
  • Teams 
  • Sway 
  • Bookings, Planner, and more 

The full desktop version of Microsoft Office via Microsoft 365 is available for all active students and most active faculty and staff; visit the OIT Knowledge Base for the detailed eligibility rules. You can install Microsoft Office on five devices, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access (PC Only), Publisher (PC only), and Office for mobile devices. You may want to note that the Microsoft Office 365 version receives the latest and greatest features first. Learn more about Microsoft Office.

Suppose you have someone who is not eligible for Microsoft Office via Microsoft 365 and is using a university-owned computer. In that case, you may install Microsoft Office from the OIT Software Download site to their computer. If you need to use these features, your department may purchase a license by contacting the OIT HelpDesk.

Need additional Office apps? If you need other Microsoft products like Visio Pro or Microsoft Project, submit a request online for pricing and ordering information.
Need to learn how to use Office? Register for Microsoft Mondays workshops to learn about features and applications.