FREE Access to Office 365 and a Copy of Office!

As an NC State student, faculty or staff member, you can download and install a free copy of the full MS Office suite (includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and you also have access to the cloud versions of these products (Office 365).

Your free copy of Office 365 can be installed on multiple devices and comes with online file storage space in OneDrive.

NOTE: G Suite is the university’s primary collaborative application suite. OIT recommends that you use G Suite for collaboration instead of Office 365.

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Get your copy

  1. Go to:
    http://office365.ncsu.edu.
  2. Sign in with your Unity ID and password.
  3. Choose one of these two options for working with Office 365:
    • Option 1 – To download and install MS Office and work locally:
      • On a personally-owned computer:
        Choose the product to install and follow the instructions on the screen.
      • On a university-owned computer
        Contact your local IT staff before attempting to install Office on it.
    • Option 2 – To work in the cloud without downloading and installing MS Office:
      Be aware that you’ll be using limited versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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Install on multiple devices

You can install the Office suite on up to ten devices, including personal ones:

  • five PCs or Macs
    AND
  • five smartphones or tablets (see Help below for links).

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Mobile Setup

Set up a mobile device using Office 365 for business

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Office 365 features that are not available at NC State

  • Exchange, including email and calendar

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Keep your Office copy activated

If you downloaded and installed the full Office suite on your PC or Mac, be sure to keep it activated by connecting to the Internet at least once every 30 days.

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Working online

  • Use newer browsers:
  • Be aware that features are limited in online versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • You have 1 TB (1000 GB) of personal space in OneDrive, the online space connected with Office 365.
  • Documents you create online will be stored online.

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Storing sensitive data

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Collaboration

Be sure to use G Suite instead of Office 365 to share documents and work collaboratively.
G Suite remains OIT’s primary collaboration and communication tool for campus.

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When you leave NC State

  • Continuing access to MS Office
    When you leave NC State, you should receive a notice that your Office 365 subscription has expired. You’ll have these options:

    • Continue the Office 365 subscription on your own for a fee.
    • Enter a product key to re-install a previous version of MS Office.
  • Disposition of files stored in OneDrive

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Help

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