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Microsoft Office Licensing

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At this time, we recommend that Cornell faculty and staff use the Office 365 Pro Plus edition of Microsoft Office for their Cornell-provided and personally-owned computers. One individual can install Office on up to five computers. See our Office 365 ProPlus for Faculty and Staff article for more information.

Please check with your local department's IT support provider before attempting to install Microsoft software onto your Cornell-provided computer. Your department may have have different recommendations.


Cornell University has a separate license for the Volume License Edition Microsoft Office. The Volume License Edition is a distinct version of Office that has fewer features and is not updated as frequently as the Office 365 edition. This edition is best suited for departments that enforce version control via a managed desktop service, or for computers that are not assigned to a specific customer, such as shared-use machines, kiosks, and computers in public-use labs.

We strongly recommend that you work with your local department IT support provider before installing any software onto your Cornell-provided computer.

The Volume Licensed Edition of Microsoft Office s authorized only for installation onto Cornell-owned computers.

The license covers the following versions of Office:

  • Office Professional Plus 2019 for Windows
  • Office Standard 2019 for Macintosh
  • Office Professional Plus 2016 for Windows
  • Office Standard 2016 for Macintosh

Please note that Weill Cornell Medical College has its own arrangement with Microsoft, and is not covered by the Campus Agreement. Weill Cornell staff and faculty should check with Weill Information Technology & Services or their local Weill IT providers for more information.

If you would like to install Office onto your personally-owned computer, please see Office 365 ProPlus for more information.

The information on this page only applies to faculty and staff. If you are a student, please see Microsoft Office for Students.

Download the Volume License Edition of Microsoft Office for Institution-Owned Computers

Check with your department's IT support provider before attempting to download or install this software. The Volume License Edition of Office is exclusively for use on Cornell-owned computers. Installation of this version onto privately-owned computers is a violation of license. For personal use, please see the Office 365 ProPlus page.

Office Professional Plus 2019 for Windows

Includes Word 2019, Excel 2019, PowerPoint 2019, Outlook 2019, Publisher 2019, and Access 2019. This version is supported on Windows 10.

Office Standard 2019 for Macintosh

Includes Word 2019, Excel 2019, PowerPoint 2019, and Outlook 2019. This version is supported on the current release of macOS, plus the two previous versions.

Office Professional Plus 2016 for Windows

Includes Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, OneNote 2016, Outlook 2016, Publisher 2016, and Access 2016. This version is supported on Windows 10.

Office Professional Plus 2016, 32-bit  (Recommended)

Office Professional Plus 2016, 64-bit 

Office Standard 2016 for Mac

Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. This version is supported on the three most recent versions of macOS (that is, the newest release plus the two versions previous to that)..

Office Standard 2016 for Macintosh (v. 15.37)

Previous Versions

Previous versions of Office are no longer generally available under Cornell's license. If you have a specific business need to use an earlier version of an Office desktop application, please contact Software Licensing and we will do our best to work with you to find an appropriate solution.

Product Activation

Our Office Professional Plus installers are configured to use the KMS automated activation system. Office should activate automatically as soon as your machine connects to the Internet via an on-campus local area network. All Cornell local area networks provided by CIT, and most networks provided by local IT providers are configured for KMS. If you are on a local area network that isn't configured for KMS, you can activate via KMS manually

If you need to activate Office Professional Plus on a computer that cannot connect to our KMS server, such as for a computer that will not be connected to the Internet, please contact us to request an MAK product key. Please include the reason why KMS isn't appropriate for your situation.

Virtual Machines

The Campus Desktop Agreement covers installation of Office onto an arbitrary number of Virtual Machines (VMs). The license covers VMs running on hardware owned by Cornell University. For services hosted by third-party vendors under contract with Cornell University (such as Amazon Web Services), please visit our technical information page, Microsoft Licensing within AWS for details or contact Cornell's Cloud Team for licensing specifics.

Other Microsoft Office Licensing Programs

Cornell staff and faculty have access to other licensing options other than the Campus Agreement site license. Please see Microsoft Office Licensing for Faculty and Staff for a listing of other licensing options.

Support Options

For a listing of support options for Microsoft products, please see our Microsoft Product Support page.

Affiliated Institutions

Affiliated institutions covered under the Campus Agreement are: the Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, the ROTC Program at Cornell University, and the USDA facility at the Robert W. Holley Center.

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Monday, February 17, 2020 - 8:11am

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