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Office 365 ProPlus for Faculty and Staff

This article applies to: Software Licensing

All current Cornell faculty and staff can download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office on up to five computers or devices. The Office ProPlus license remains active until you leave the university. (Alumni and retirees are not eligible.) At that point, you'll be prompted to pay a license fee to Microsoft or stop using Microsoft Office.

The instructions below are for employee-owned computers only. For Cornell-owned computers, please contact your local technical support provider. They will install Office using the most appropriate license option.

Students should use the procedure described on our Office 365 ProPlus for Students page.

  • Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows, which is supported on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
  • Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac, which is supported on the three most recent versions of macOS (that is, the newest release plus the two versions previous to that).

(More information from Microsoft about Office 365 ProPlus.)

Here's how to install Microsoft Office applications on up to five laptop or desktop computers through Outlook on the Web. If you have an earlier version of Microsoft Office installed, you should uninstall it before following these steps.

Microsoft frequently rolls out small changes to Outlook on the Web, so the exact wording or location of menu items described in the procedure below may have shifted.

March 2019: Microsoft has enabled "The New Outlook" in Outlook on the web. There is a slider for choosing between old and new just under the red toolbar, on the right. The new version is not fully baked and changes frequently. Please use the old version to install Office. The steps described below work only in the old version.
  1. Using a current version of any major browser, go to
    Note: If you type/tap the URL manually, be sure to use http, not https.
  2. For user name, enter your address. The password is your NetID password.
  3. In the Office 365 toolbar, click the gear icon, then, under My app settings, select Office 365.
  4. Under Settings, click Software.
  5. On the Software window, on the left, click Office.
  6. Click Install.

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Monday, March 18, 2019 - 11:02am

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