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Microsoft Office Licensing

Microsoft Office Site License for Cornell-Owned Computers


Under the Campus Desktop Agreement site license, Cornell University staff, faculty, and affiliates can download Microsoft Office Professional Plus for Windows and Microsoft Office Standard for Macintosh to install onto their Cornell-owned computers at no charge.

The site license only covers installation of the desktop version of Office onto computers owned by Cornell University and authorized affiliated institutions. (See below)

The Campus Desktop Agreement currently covers the following versions of Microsoft Office:

  • Office Professional Plus 2016 for Windows
  • Office Professional Plus 2013 for Windows
  • Office Professional Plus 2010 for Windows
  • Office Standard 2016 for Macintosh
  • Office Standard 2011 for Macintosh*

*Outlook 2011 for Macintosh is no longer recommended for use with Cornell's email system. Support for Outlook 2011 for Mac will end on March 31, 2017.

Please note that Weill Cornell Medical College has its own arrangement with Microsoft, and is not covered by the Campus Agreement.  Weill Cornell staff and faculty should check with Weill Information Technology & Services or their local Weill IT providers for more information.

If you would like to install Office onto your personally-owned computer, please see the Office 365 Pro Plus page for more information.

The information on this page only applies to faculty and staff. If you are a student, please see our Microsoft Office for Students page.

Download Microsoft Office for Institution-Owned Computers

The Campus Desktop Agreement allows installation of the following Office suites. 

  • These installers are exclusively for use on Cornell-owned computers. 
  • Installation onto privately-owned computers is a violation of license.

For personal use, please see the Office 365 Pro Plus page.

NOTE: If you have a Cornell-owned computer that is located off of the Cornell network, you may find the Office 365 Pro Plus version to be more convenient. Please check with your local Technical Support Provider before switching versions.

Office Professional Plus 2016 for Windows

Includes: Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, OneNote 2016, Outlook 2016, Publisher 2016, and Access 2016.

NOTE: Please check with your local IT support team before downloading and installing Office 2016.

Office Professional Plus 2016, 32-bit  (Recommended)

Office Professional Plus 2016, 64-bit 

Office Professional Plus 2013 for Windows

Includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Access, InfoPath, Lync, and OneDrive Pro.

Office Professional Plus 2013  32-bit version (Recommended)

Office Professional Plus 2013 64-bit version

Lync 2013 stand-alone installer

Office Professional Plus Add-Ons

Business Contact Manager 2010/2013  (Note: Link goes to free download from Microsoft)

Office Standard 2016 for Macintosh

Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Requires Mac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" or later.

Office Standard 2016 for Macintosh

Office Standard 2011 for Macintosh (with Service Pack 3)

Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Fully supports Exchange Server and automated workflows.

Office Standard 2011 for Macintosh w/ SP3

Lync 2011 for Macintosh

Older Versions of Office

While a selection of earlier versions of Office for Windows and Macintosh are covered by our license, we strongly advise only using the current release. Please check with your local IT staff to find out if you have a specific need for an earlier version of Office. If you truly have a need to use an earlier release of Office, please send us a request via e-mail.

Note on file format:  Microsoft Office installers are distributed as ISO files, an industry-standard disk image format.  For more information on using this file type, please see our How To Work With ISO Files online guide.

Product Activation

Our Office Professional Plus installers are configured to use the KMS automated activation system. Office should activate automatically as soon as your machine connects to the Internet via an on-campus local area network. All Cornell local area networks provided by CIT, and most networks provided by local IT providers are configured for KMS.  If you are on a local area network that isn't configured for KMS, you can activate via KMS manually by following our online instructions

If you need to activate Office Professional Plus on a computer that cannot connect to our KMS server, such as for a computer that will not be connected to the Internet, please contact us to request an MAK product key. Please include the reason why KMS isn't appropriate for your situation.

Virtual Machines

The Campus Desktop Agreement covers installation of Office onto an arbitrary number of VMs, provided that the hardware running the VM is owned by Cornell University. VMs running on servers provided by external vendors (e.g. Amazon) are not covered by the Desktop Agreement.

Other Microsoft Office Licensing Programs

Cornell staff and faculty have access to other licensing options other than the Campus Agreement site license. Please see our Microsoft Office Licensing for Faculty and Staff page for a listing of other licensing options, including the Home Use Program.

Support Options

For a listing of support options for Micrsoft products, please see our Microsoft Product Support page.

Affiliated Institutions

Cornell-affiliated institutions covered under the Campus Agreement are

  • Boyce Thompson Institute
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva NY
  • ROTC Program at Cornell University
  • USDA facility at the Robert W. Holley Center
  • Cornell United Religious Work.