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Install MS Office for free

As of December 1st, 2013, all current students can download the full Microsoft Office suite for FREE as part of our Office 365 program on Windows PC, Mac OS, and mobile devices.  Also take a look at a quick infographic which highlights some of the benefits of Office365.

You can use Office for free as long as you're currently a CC student. After graduating, Office will switch into read only mode, and you won't be able to edit any Office documents until you provide a different license activation key (either by purchasing one directly or by getting a license from a different organization).

Taking advantage of free Microsoft Office is easy.  Log into your CC email, click the sprocket icon in the upper right corner, and choose "Office 365 settings."

NOTE: these instructions are for installing Office on a Mac or PC computer.  For your smartphone or tablet, you can find apps in the App Store / Google Play store; just search for "Office Mobile" from Microsoft.

Initial view when logged into outlook web access

Then, click "software."

Office 365 settings screen

Make sure you've selected "Office," and then click "install." (Note that if you'd like to change to the 64-bit version, click the little "advanced" link next to "32-bit," and it will let you change to 64-bit.)

Office software screen

After installing Office and when you run it the first time, you will need to log in with your username@coloradocollege.edu and your email password.  Note that username is not the same as email address.

Example: Jane Doe has username j_doe, email address jane.doe@coloradocollege.edu, and password Tiger4ever.  She would log in like so:

username: j_doe@coloradocollege.edu
password: Tiger4ever (this is an example password; use your own password when typing this in).