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Should I Install Microsoft Office from Office 365?

Students, faculty, and staff may download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office Suite from their Office 365 accounts. There are many reasons you may or may not want to download and install Microsoft Office from Office 365.

Note: Illinois State University annuitants do not have the ability to download Microsoft Office from their Office 365 accounts; however, they do have the ability to utilize the online version of Office products available in the Office 365 web portal.

I Want the Latest Version

Depending on the version of Microsoft Office you currently have installed, newer versions of the Office applications may be available through the Office 365 download. For example, if you have Microsoft Office 2010 installed on your Windows computer or Microsoft Office 2011 on your Mac, you may want to download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus because it comes with Office 2016 applications like Word 2016 and Excel 2016.

I Want Additional Applications

The version of Microsoft Office you currently have installed may not have all the applications that are available through Office 365. For example, Office 365 ProPlus for Windows includes Outlook, Access, Publisher, InfoPath, and Lync, which may not be included in your version.

I Am Already Satisfied

If you are happy with the way your current version of Microsoft Office works, you do not need to download and install Microsoft Office from Office 365. If you change your mind in the future, you can always download and install Microsoft Office from Office 365 as long as you maintain your status as a student or employee with Illinois State.

Other Considerations

After you leave Illinois State, your Microsoft Office 365 subscription will expire. At that point, you will need to make other plans for acquiring and installing Microsoft Office if you want to continue using it. It is important that you keep the installation discs and product keys for your current version of Microsoft Office if you want future access. For more information, refer to the following article:

More Information

To discuss your options more fully, contact the TechZone at (309) 438-8334 or at techzone@ilstu.edu. You can also visit the TechZone on the second floor of Bone Student Center or visit their website at techzone.illinoisstate.edu.

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