Office 365 for Students

What is Office 365?

Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of productivity software delivered and accessed over the Internet. This includes Microsoft Office suite of desktop applications including Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, OneDrive and Skype for Business.

How to get Microsoft Office 365:

You must be a current SUNY Cortland student. 
Sign in to the myRedDragon Portal with your Net ID and password at the following link:

Click on Webmail in the email channel. 

email channel

At the top right of the page (next to your name), go to the gear icon (settings) then Your app settings then Office 365.

office 365 settings

On the settings page, choose the software link.

Office 365 Settings

On the Office page, select a Language and then choose Install. 

office 365

IMPORTANT   The process that installs Office 2016 also uninstalls all Office 2013 products. As you might expect, Word 2013, Excel 2013, and the rest of the Office suite are uninstalled. In addition, if a computer has InfoPath 2013, SharePoint Designer 2013, or certain versions of Visio 2013 or Project 2013 installed, installing Office 2016 also uninstalls those programs. You won’t be able to reinstall them.

If you need assistance with installing Office 365 please contact The Help Center or extension 2500.

Access is integrated to your e-mail address. 
: You must uninstall previous versions before running this installation.

NOTE: Office installs the 32-bit version on your PC by default, even if your computer is running a 64-bit version of Windows. If you are unsure which version of Office you should install, see Choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office.


After installation, can't find Office applications in Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7? MAC?

Microsoft provides some tips and tricks on how to find and open your Office applications once they have been installed.  If you use a MAC, after you download and install Office 2016, the app icons are not automatically added to the doc.  More information on how to add the Office for Mac app is provided by Microsoft. 

Troubleshoot your Office installation:

When you’re installing, you may get receive an error, see Troubleshoot installing Office and Office 365.

After you have Office installed, try creating a few documents. If an Office program looks blurry, displays as all black or all white, the screen flickers, or looks different on different computers, see Office 365 doesn’t look right.

Is this a full version Office and available for offline use?

Yes, this is full Office on the PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android platform and all are available for offline use. You have access to this version until you graduate or are no longer enrolled at SUNY Cortland.  Once you leave SUNY Cortland the Office applications will enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means that you can view documents, but you cannot edit or create new documents.  

How many machines/devices can I run this subscription on?

Each subscription license allows you to run Office on up to five machines - Mac or PC. You can also run Office Mobile for Android or Office Mobile for iPhone on up to 5 mobile devices.

Deactivate an installation on either a PC or a Mac:

If you’ve already installed the latest version of Office with Office 365 on five computers that you use and you want to install Office on a sixth computer, you can do that by first deactivating an installation on one of your current computers.

Go to Office 365 Settings > Install Status. Click Deactivate Install next to the computer you want to deactivate the installation from.


Confirm your deactivation.

confirm deact

By deactivating a license Office is not uninstalled but all documents are placed in a read only state.  

What are the system requirements for Office 365 ProPlus?




Computer and processor


PC: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster x86-bit or x64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set  

Mac: Intel processor





Mac: 4 GB RAM


Hard disk


PC: 3.0 GB of available disk space

Mac: 6 GB of available disk space. HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended or HFS Plus)



PC: 1280 x 800 screen resolution

Mac: 1280 x 800 screen resolution




PC: Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX 10 graphics card.


Operating system


PC: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 10 Server, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2008 R2

Mac: Mac OS X 10.10


For the best experience, use the latest version of any operating system.





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What are the mobile requirements for Office Mobile?

  • Windows: Office Mobile applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook Mail, and Outlook Calendar) require Windows 10.
  • iOS: Office for iPad® and iPhone® requires iOS 8.0 or higher. Office for iPad Pro™ requires iOS 9.0 or higher.
  • Android: Office for Android™ can be installed on tablets and phones that meet the following criteria: running Android KitKat 4.4 or later version and have an ARM-based or Intel x86 processor.
  • Mobile browsers: Any mobile browser supported by Microsoft may be used, including the Intune Managed Browser.
Office 365 mobile set-up - Help!

Do students have to sign into Office 365 to use any of these applications with Office 365 ProPlus?

Yes, a valid Office 365 ProPlus license tied to a valid Office 365 login for students is required to enable any of the Office 365 ProPlus features. Access is integrated to your e-mail address

How long can a student use Office 365 ProPlus?

The guidelines are such they can leverage this program until they graduate or are no longer attending SUNY Cortland. At that point, we must disable their Office 365 ProPlus license. If you are using the full, installed Office applications, the Office applications will enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means that you can view documents, but you cannot edit or create new documents.