Office 365, Basic Guide and FAQ

Office 365 is offered to University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students on the Urbana campus. These are the basics of reaching and using the service.

Office 365 is offered to University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students on the Urbana campus.

Getting Started:

To start using Office 365, go to - you will be directed to the Microsoft login page for Office 365. Once you enter your University email address, you will be redirected to the University authentication page. Enter your AD password.

Once logged in to Office 365, you have access to the ever-growing suite of services for Office 365, and to the Office software for download to your machine. Please consult your Department IT Pro before installing Office 365 software on your University-owned computer.

How to install Office 365 Software:

Installation Instructions

What is Office 365?

Office 365 is a suite of services and software provided by Microsoft for PCs and Macs. It allows you to use cloud services such as OneDrive for Business and Sharepoint, while also providing Office software for up to 5 PC/Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 mobile devices. Please log in to the portal to view your most current count of available devices.

Office 365 is a full version of Microsoft Office for PC or Mac. It is a distribution service which allows each active Student, Faculty or Staff member at UIUC the right to download and install Office desktop applications on their personal computers and mobile devices for free.


Who is eligible for Office 365 software and services?

Current UIUC faculty, staff, and students are eligible to use Office 365. Retirees and OLLi Scholars not eligible for Office 365 software. Emeritus status does not automatically qualify you for Office 365. If a retiree is performing work for a Department, the Department should assign them an appointment.


What is included in Office 365 software?

Some of the software offerings from Office 365 are listed below, but for a full listing, please refer to your Office 365 home page.

Office 365 for PC (Office 2013 base applications) - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Skype for Business, and InfoPath.
Office 365 for Mac (Office 2011 for Mac base applications)-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype for Business
Office Mobile for iPad, iPhone and Android (Office Mobile applications are already included with all Windows phones)-Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, and OneNote and Lync Mobile available as separate download.


How long can I use Office 365 for?

You can use Office 365 until you are no longer enrolled or employed at the University. Eligibility may be re-verified at any time. At expiration, the Office applications enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means documents can be viewed but it is not possible to edit or create new documents. You will be prompted to activate with another account or enter a Product Key. In addition, online services associated with the school email address, for example Office Online and OneDrive, will no longer work.


What happens to my data in OneDrive after I leave the University?
Once your Office 365 license has been removed from your account you will no longer have access to your data. You must copy your data to another location before leaving.


Who manages the OneDrive account provided with this offer?
This account is associated with the school and should be used for personal content, such as homework and schoolwork or personal files if you are staff. Permissions and access can be changed by the school's IT administrator at any time.


How many computers/ devices can I run this subscription on?
You can install Office 365 on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets and 5 mobile devices such as iPhones and Android phones.


What are the System Requirements for Office 365?
The most accurate system requirement information can be view from the Office 365 portal. On the MySoftware page, there is a link: Review system requirements to view Microsoft's system requirement documentation.


Is Internet access required for Office 365?
This is the full version of Office, and all are applications are available for offline use. You will need internet access to install, activate and manage your account.


How do I install, deactivate, or check how many computers I have activated?

All of the installation, deactivation, and activation information is provided on the Office 365 Software page. You can find the Office 365 Software page by clicking the Install link on the Office 365 Home page after logging in.

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Created:2015-08-17 11:57 CDTUpdated:2016-12-19 16:52 CDT
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