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Upcoming Changes to Microsoft Office licensing

Microsoft has changed their license model for Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, the full desktop version of Microsoft Office available via Office 365.  To comply with the new model, we will be updating the licensing for Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus on July 30. Additional information about this offering is available on OIT’s ProPlus page.

Faculty and Staff Licensing

Most active faculty and staff will be licensed for Microsoft Office via Office 365. However, we do have a subset of users who will not be eligible.  These users will have access to email, OneDrive for Business, and the Office Web Apps, but will not have access to the full desktop version of Microsoft Office through Office 365.

On July 30, the following groups will no longer be eligible for Microsoft Office through Office 365.

  • Employees with a special appointment (subgroup 40)
  • Pending Employees
  • Emeritus faculty and retirees
  • Ushers
  • Friends of the University, including many adjunct faculty and county-paid Ag Extension employees
  • UTMCK leased employees

We will be reaching out to all employees whose eligibility has changed.

University-owned Computers Licensing

Microsoft Office 2016 will continue to be available for installation on any university-owned computers by authorized faculty and staff through the OIT Software Download site.


Students will continue to have access to Microsoft Office through Office 365.  

If you have any questions, please contact the OIT HelpDesk online or at 865-974-9900.


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