Thanks to Cornell's campus agreement with Microsoft, Cornell students can download and install, free:
If you have an earlier version of Microsoft Office on your computer, you should uninstall that before following these steps.
To keep your free license activated, you need to launch at least one Office application (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.) at least once every 30 days on each device.
Free Office downloads are part of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus services, which are available to Cornell students as a result of Microsoft's Student Advantage benefit.
To install Microsoft Office applications on up to five laptop or desktop computers:
The software will be installed on your computer. Your copy of Office will remain active as long as you maintain your status as a student. Once you graduate or leave the university, you will have the opportunity to keep using the software by paying for a license directly from Microsoft.
The first time you launch an Office 2011 application, you'll see a screen like this:
Chooseand sign in using your NetID@cornell.edu address and the password you use with your NetID.
(Unverified) Some users have reported an additional step, where they are asked to choose between a Microsoft account and a Work account. If you see this screen, choose.