Microsoft Office for UW-Owned and Personally-Owned Computers at UW-Madison

These are your options for getting the MS Office desktop apps (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) on your computer.

Microsoft software is licensed several different ways at UW-Madison. This is what's relevant to Office licensing:

EES (Enrollment for Education Solutions;
This licenses all UW-owned computers for Windows and Office. It is a subscription agreement that gives us the right to install and use all released versions of Windows and Office during the term of the agreement. Our current agreement runs through 10/31/2019 and will be renewed. Please note that the Windows license we have under the UW-Madison's EES is an upgrade license. Any computer you upgrade must already have a full OEM or shrinkwrap license.

Office 365 Education E1
Microsoft makes the Office 365 Education E1 plan available for free to academic institutions. That provides benefits, but not the Office desktop apps.

EES & Office 365
If an academic institution licenses Office for all institutionally-owned computers (as UW-Madison does under our EES), Microsoft permits installation of Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets (Windows, iPad, or Android), and 5 phones ( through an Office 365 infrastructure (in other words, not on DVD or local download). Those devices can be UW-owned or owned by faculty, staff, or students.

Taking the above into consideration, the following are options for getting MS Office on your computer, depending on your affiliation with the UW and whether you're installing on a personally-owned or UW-owned computer.