Office 365 - Downloading/Install Microsoft Office

UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students can download and install the latest versions of Microsoft Office through Outlook on the web. For complete details on the different versions (including licensing) of Microsoft Office available, please review Microsoft Office for UW-Owned and Personally-Owned Computers at UW-Madison.

Important: If you frequently travel to locations where internet access is not available for more than 30 consecutive days, you have the following options:

  • Departmentally owned computer: download the departmental version of Microsoft Office which requires activation every 180 days.
  • Personally owned computer: use a free office suite such as OpenOffice or LibreOffice as a backup.


In this document:


Office versions

  •  Office 2016 for Windows is available and includes the following applications:
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • OneNote
    • Outlook
    • Publisher
    • Access
    • InfoPath *
    • Skype for Business*
    • OneDrive for Business

      * Note: InfoPath and Skype for Business are available for download but are not currently enabled for use pending further testing of these products.

  •  Office 2016 for Mac is available and includes the following applications:
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Outlook
    • OneNote

Download/Install Office

Important: You will need administrator rights to your computer to install any software. If you do not have these rights, contact your local administrator. Also, make sure to update the software after completing the installation - this will ensure that your software is up-to-date for it most important security patches.

Windows 7/8/10 OS

Install Office 2016

  1. Log into Outlook on the web.
  2. Click on the gear icon (Settings) and click Office 365 Settings.
  3. Click Software.
  4. Click Install button download/install.
  5. Follow the prompts to install the software. You will be prompted to enter your account credentials (NetID/password) to activate the software.

Mac OS

Install Office 2016 for Mac

  1. Log into Outlook on the web.
  2. Click on the gear icon (Settings) and click Office 365 Settings.
  3. Click Software.
  4. Click Install button for the desired application you want to download/install.
  5. Follow the prompts to install the software. You will be prompted to enter your account credentials to activate the software.

Configuration resources

Use the instructions below to configure Outlook/OneDrive:

See Also:




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