Microsoft Office for Personal Use

Microsoft Office is a free program for those at Idaho State University, including different Microsoft Software.
  • What is Microsoft Office?
  • Can I get Microsoft Office?
  • How do I get Microsoft Office?
  • Is Microsoft Office free?
  • Platform
    • Microsoft Office
  • Audience Affected
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • Students
This article explains various ways of obtaining Microsoft Office for those who want it on their personal computer.
Microsoft Office is a suite of packages that can include:
There are two different versions of Microsoft Office: Office 365 and Office 20xx.  Office 365 is a subscription service, while Office 20xx is a one-time purchase software package. There are different alternatives for both Microsoft Office versions, which provide some or all the packages mentioned.

Who can use it?
Anyone can purchase and use Office 365 or Office 20xx.   However, Microsoft provides special offers of Office 365 and Office 20xx to ISU students, faculty, and staff.  Office 365 Education is the only free suite for students, faculty, and staff, containing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.  

Where is Microsoft Office available on campus computers?
After logging in with your ISU username and password, Microsoft Office is available in all campus computer labs. Click here for lab locations and hours.

Where can I buy Office 365 or Office 20xx, regardless of the suite?
  • You can buy a copy from B&N College. For the store hours, click here.  For their online store, click here.
  • You can buy a copy from Microsoft
  • Your local computer store
  • Any online business, such as TigerDirect or Newegg

Where can I get Office 365 Education?

Note: Once Microsoft authorizes you to download Office 365, you enter an agreement with Microsoft, not ISU. Any expiration dates are in agreement with Microsoft.

Where can I get help installing Microsoft Office?
Microsoft has a helpful page that can walk you through installing whatever version of Microsoft Office you have by clicking here.

Please call (208) 282-HELP(4357) or chat with the IT Service Desk for assistance.


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