FREE Office 365 Pro Plus for PC and Macintosh

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides students FREE access to Office 365 Pro Plus for personal computers (PC) and Macs.

This complimentary access includes:

  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook, and Skype software
  • OneDrive for Business (up to 1 TB of usable disk space)
  • Additional Office365 features

If you have previous versions of Office, these will be uninstalled and replaced with Office 365 Pro Plus


  1. Sign in to Office 365with your (student) or (employee) and your password (STAR ID password)
  1. On the top left side of the page, go to Office 365(text)
  2. On the top right side of the page, choose the Install Office


Office 365installation instructions (PDF) 


Do I need to uninstall any previous versions of Office to install the latest version?

No.  If you need to, you can run different versions of Office products, like Excel 2013 and Excel 2010, side-by-side on the same computer.

Can I use Office 365 when I'm offline?

You do not need to be connected to the Internet all the time to use Office desktop programs like Word and Excel; however, you must connect to the Internet at least once every 30 days to update the status of the subscription.  If you do not connect within 30 days, Office goes into reduced functionality mode.  Once you reconnect to the Internet and your subscription status is verified, all the features of Office are available again.

How do I install the latest version of Office on more than five computers?

You can install the latest version of Office with Office 365 on up to five computers that you use. To install Office on a sixth computer, you can do that by first deactivating an installation on one of your current computers.

Where do I find my product key?

If you install Office from Office 365 for business, you do not need one. The Office 365 user id you used during the installation will be linked to the product and will be needed if you need to reinstall. If you bought another version of Office 365, see Find your product key for Office 2013, Office 365 Home, or Office 365 Personal.

Why can't I install just the programs I need like Word, Powerpoint, or Excel?

The Office programs are packaged together for faster download and installation. Once you have installed Office, you can delete the short-cuts to the programs that you do not need. If you need to, you can run different versions of Office products, like Excel 2013 and Excel 2010, side-by-side on the same computer.

I am having problems signing into Skype? What should I do?

Follow these steps to sign into Skype for Business:

  1. Open Skype for Business Application.
  2. Enter your current email address (see below) and press Sign In
  3. Click Sign in with another account.
  4. Enter your (or if you are a student) and click Next.
  5. Enter your StarID password and click Sign In.

How long can I use Office 365 Pro Plus? Do I have to renew yearly?

Office 365 Pro Plus for students & employees will be available for one year after you graduate or leave college.   You do not have to renew yearly.

Will Office 365 Pro Plus work with an older operating system, such as Windows XP?

No, unfortunately, it will not function correctly with Windows XP.  You may use Office 365 (online) as long as you have access to the Internet.  Please see other system requirements for Office 365 at:

Where can I get discounted versions of software?

Visit "onthehub" for Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College at: or

If I bring in my laptop or wireless device, can you install Office 365 Pro Plus for me?

Although we cannot install software or hardware for you on your personal device, we can show you how to proceed.


Please contact the OIT Help Desk at (763) 433-1510 or email or