Microsoft Office

You may install Microsoft Office for Macintosh or Windows on one personally owned computer. The software can be downloaded from the Microsoft Campus Agreement for Office site (certificates required). Macintosh users are free to keep this non-expiring license after leaving MIT, however Office for Windows licenses expire after leaving. More information can be found here.

Microsoft Office Alternatives

These applications do a good job of opening/saving all but the most elaborately formatted Microsoft Office documents. There are many other Microsoft Office compatible suites available at a cost: WordPerfect Office X6, iWork, Mellel, etc. Search the internet for a full range of alternatives. Microsoft are certainly not the only game in town. You may find an alternative you much prefer.

Macintosh (free)

  • Apple Pages, Numbers and Keynote (free from AppStore): runs under macOS and cross-platform in web browser
  • LibreOffice: runs on Macintosh, Windows, Linux, you-name it. Fully featured: www.libreoffice.org

Windows (free)

  • LibreOffice: runs on Macintosh, Windows, Linux, you-name it. Fully featured: www.libreoffice.org

Linux (free)

Troubleshooting

Windows: Microsoft Office Activation Wizard continues to popup despite your best efforts to configure it properly.

  1. First, make sure your computer is configured properly for MIT
  2. Wait 20 minutes for auto-activation or invoke the activation manually, by running the following in a cmd window
    cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OSPP.VBS" /act

 

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