Microsoft Software Available for No Cost
Eligible CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students can download the latest versions of Microsoft Office 365 software at no cost. All available applications (dependent on device) may be installed on up to 5 computers and 5 mobile devices. The desktop applications (shown below) are available for download using your CULoginName@colorado.edu and IdentiKey password on the Office 365 Software page (Windows and macOS only).
Refer to the following table for available applications on your computer or mobile device:
How to get it
For desktop applications on Windows and macOS, open a web browser and go to the Office 365 Software page. Download and begin installing the software package. Once prompted enter your CULoginName@colorado.edu and IdentiKey password to activate the applications on your device.
To find available applications for your mobile device, you can search for the name of the application in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Tap on the one of the links below to go directly to the application download location:
Who can get it
Office 365 apps are available at no cost to all eligible CU Boulder faculty, staff and students.
After graduation, students no longer will have access to the downloadable applications. Students will receive a notification their subscription has ended and can choose to continue their subscription on their own, but will no longer be provided at no cost. However, any files created will be accessible (read-only) after the subscription ends.
As faculty/staff member, should I use Office 365 apps software or software via the campus Microsoft Software license?
Depending on how your device is managed, you should use a different version of the software. Follow the recommendations below for clarification on which software you should use.
- Managed by DDS: Do not download the Office 365 apps. You are covered through the campus license and your DDS technician will install all needed software.
- Managed by departmental IT Professional: Consult your IT Professional for their recommendation and assistance with the setup process.
- Unmanaged machines:
For your computers and devices that are not owned by CU Boulder, you should use software available through the Office 365 Software page .
Should I run software from both Office 365 apps and the Microsoft Software license program?
No. It is recommended for users to have applications installed from either the Office 365 apps software page or via the Microsoft Software campus license. This ensures that the installed applications have no compatibility issues.
If you are changing from one license to another, it is best practice to fully uninstall all versions of Office products prior to installing new applications.
How many computers and devices can I install Office 365 apps on?
You can install Office 365 apps on up to five different computers, as well as five separate mobile devices.
Devices are managed on the Office 365 Software page.
Do I need a license key for Office 365 apps?
No. Office 365 apps are activated per device during the setup process for software downloaded from the Office 365 Software page using your CULoginName@colorado.edu and IdentiKey password credentials.
I recently purchased Microsoft Office for my personal use. Can I be reimbursed?
No. As you made a consumer purchase through Microsoft, CU Boulder has no way to reimburse the purchase.
Can I continue to use Office 365 apps after I graduate or leave the university?
After leaving the university, you no longer will have access to the downloadable Office 365 apps software.
Where can I download software?
Software can be downloaded from the Office 365 Software page on desktop computers, and mobile apps can be downloaded from the Play Store or App Store depending on your device. For additional instructions refer to the following tutorials: