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Microsoft Office Licensing

This article applies to: Software Licensing

Under the Campus Desktop Agreement site license, Cornell University staff, faculty, and affiliates can download Microsoft Office Professional Plus for Windows and Microsoft Office Standard for Macintosh to install onto their Cornell-owned computers at no charge.


The site license only covers installation of the desktop version of Office onto computers owned by Cornell University or its affiliated institutions

The Campus Desktop Agreement currently covers the following versions of Microsoft Office:

  • 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 Microsoft Office for Institution-Owned Computers

The Campus Desktop Agreement allows installation of the following Office suites. 

  • These installers are exclusively for use on Cornell-owned computers. 
  • Installation onto privately-owned computers is a violation of license.

For personal use, please see the Office 365 ProPlus page.

NOTE: If you have a Cornell-owned computer that is located off the Cornell network, you may find the Office 365 ProPlus version to be more convenient. Please check with your local Technical Support Provider before switching versions.

Office Professional Plus 2016 for Windows

Includes: Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, OneNote 2016, Outlook 2016, Publisher 2016, and Access 2016.

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. Office for Mac 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)

Office Professional Plus 2013 for Windows and Older Versions of Office

While a selection of earlier versions of Office for Windows and Macintosh are covered by our license, we strongly advise only using the current release. Please check with your local IT staff to find out if you have a specific need for an earlier version of Office. If you truly have a need to use an earlier release of Office, please send us a request via email.

Note on file format:  Microsoft Office installers are distributed as ISO files, an industry-standard disk image format. For more information on using this file type, please see Work With ISO Files.

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, October 22, 2018 - 10:05am

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