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Office 365 - for home, for free!

Microsoft’s Student Advantage gives students and staff the ability to install Office365 on up to 5 personally owned (not university issued) PCs and Macs.

Office 365 Professional Plus is provided on a subscription basis - you can use the latest version of Office while you are registered with the university and have an active network login account.

How do I install Office 365 Professional Plus?

Office Professional Plus is provided as a download. You will require a good internet connection and will need to stay on-line until it is installed.

Sign in to Office365

Installing the software

  • Once you have logged in to your email, click on the cog shaped icon in the top right corner and select Office 365 settings from the drop down menu
  • On the left hand side, select the second option from the top - software
  • Select install and all the software listed will be installed to your PC or laptop.

Full details can be found on Microsoft's site here

  

“Sign In” to Office 365

You will need to Sign In periodically to keep the products activated.

Your Sign In for Office 365 is your email address

e.g. s123456@uni.cumbria.ac.uk (student) or first.last@cumbria.ac.uk (staff)

Although this looks like an email address, it’s actually Microsoft’s way of identifying that your account belongs to the university. 

FAQs

What happens when I leave?

The software is deactivated when your user account is removed after you leave the university. If you wish to continue to use the software you can purchase a subscription.

OneDrive storage and Office Mobile

Your Office 365 account does not include any OneDrive storage at this time. If you have already signed up for OneDrive (previously SkyDrive) you can use "Add a Place" to link Office you your existing storage.

I have a previous version of Office - can I keep this?

Office 365 Professional Plus will install alongside your current Office installation.

What happens if I have problems installing the software?

This offer is from Microsoft, not from the university.  As a result if you have any problems installing the software on your device, you will need to contact Microsoft for support.

Does it work on all devices?

No, it doesn't work on windows PCs running XP or older, and it wont work on Macs running older than Snow Leopard.  Please click here for the full compatibility list