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Free Office 365 ProPlus for students

The latest version of Microsoft Office is available to download for current students, free of charge. You can run Office on up to five desktop Mac or Windows. You can also run Office Mobile on up to 5 mobile devices (on supported mobile operating systems).

More information is available via these links: Microsoft: Office in Education and Microsoft Blog: Office 365 ProPlus benefit FAQ (includes online training material).

You can also see a short Information Services video on how to initiate the download process (note, it does not show complete installation process):

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What do I need to check before I download?

  1. You need to know you university email address and network password to authenticate yourself as a genuine Ulster University student.
  2. If you have already got a version of Office on your device, Information Services recommend that you remove it before downloading this new version.
  3. If installing on a desktop operating system, you must have Windows 7 (or later) or Mac OS X 10.6 (or later)

How do I install Office on my device?

From your device: sign into https://portal.office.com using your University email address and your network password.

In the upper-right corner of the mailbox, click Settings (Cog).

In the 'Search all Settings' box, type Software and click on Install Software.

You now have 2 main options for installing Office:

1.     Office: Install Office 365 ProPlus with the new 2016 apps

If you are installing Office to Windows 7 or later (see the note regards 32-bit or 64-bit versions below) or Mac OS X 10.6 or later, then select Office, then Install and follow the on-screen instructions.

2.     Phone & Tablet: Office Mobile Apps / Office 365 email integration

You should select your mobile device/operating system from the dropdown list. iOS, Android and Windows can fully download supported Office apps, while others such as Blackberry and Nokia can provide email integration only. You can also chose to download the aps from your devices app store.

How do I fully activate Office?

If prompted for a product key or to sign in after you've installed Office, click Sign in to an existing Office 365 subscription and use your Ulster University email address and network password. This will fully activate the downloaded application. Failure to activate correctly will restrict the application to read-only.

What happens after I leave Ulster University?

After you leave and your Portal access is withdrawn, the Office applications will enter a state of reduced ‘read only’ functionality. You can either choose to continue in read-only state, or purchase a personal license to regain full functionality, or remove the software entirely.

Note for Windows Desktop Users

The 32-bit installer can be installed on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. If you have 64-bit Windows then you may prefer to download the 64-bit version, you can do this by clicking Advanced then changing the dropdown list to 64-bit, before clicking Install. Please do not attempt to install the 64-bit Office version on a 32-bit Windows.

To find out if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows:

Please see the following guidance from Microsoft on how to establish your Windows version

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/13443/windows-which-operating-system