Microsoft Office 365


Office 365 (O365) is a Microsoft subscription service that includes access to Office applications, online productivity services, and business services such as web conferencing, hosted email, and online storage. It also includes mobile versions of Office applications for smartphones and tablets.


Sign in to Office using your OHIO credentials (remember to use your full OHIO email address as your login ID). From any Microsoft page, use the Application Launcher (affectionately dubbed “the waffle”) in the upper left corner to access additional Office 356 applications. The Launcher appears in all Office 365 applications and is a quick connection to other Office 365 tools available to you.

You can access Office 365 from the following supported platforms:

  • Windows 

  • Mac

  • iOS, Android, Other Devices

  • Browsers - Current versions of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer.

Installation instructions

There are special installation instructions for O365 depending on the type of device you are using. Please find your supported device on the Help & Resources: Office 365 page.

Note: You must have an active Office 365 subscription (see below) before you can install Office 365. 

Who can access

Office 365 in your browser

  • Anyone with an OHIO email address

Office 365 downloadable apps (A5 license)

  • Automatically included for:

    • All currently enrolled students

    • All full-time faculty and current instructors of record

    • All administrative staff

    • Classified staff with a demonstrated business need

    • All OUPD employees

  • Available by request only:

    • Other employees with demonstrated need

    • OHIO emeriti

To determine whether your account has an A5 license, which allows access to the downloadable apps, please visit Microsoft's What Office 365 business product or license do I have?

How to request access

  • Current Employees

    • If you are an eligible OHIO account holder who needs access to the Office 365 downloadable apps, your manager can contact the IT Service Desk with the following information:

      • OHIO email address that needs the licensing change

      • The reason the employee needs increased access

    • Once the Service Desk has activated your subscription, the account holder can follow the instructions earlier on this page to install Office 365.

    • Your manager will need to renew your Office 365 subscription (at no charge) each year in June by submitting a new request. 

  • Emeriti

    • Contact the IT Service Desk to request or renew your Office 365 subscription. Once the Service Desk has activated your subscription, follow the instructions below to install Office 365.

    • You will need to renew your Office 365 subscription (at no charge) each year in June. We will send you a reminder via email when it is time to renew.


  • Work anywhere, from almost any device.

  • Co-author in real-time (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Collaborate online and see others’ changes as they happen with real-time co-authoring.

    • Save your files to OneDrive so others can work on them with you.

  • Connect with coworkers right within the apps. For a more comprehensive collaboration and threaded conversations, check out Teams for online meetings, ongoing project conversations, and breakout chats.

  • Share files by simply sharing links to them, rather than passing around versions that can easily be mistaken or shuffled.

    • Version history helps make sure everyone is current.

Connected Applications

Top Office 365 apps

Additional resources

Join the Collaboration Tools Advisory Community

  • The Collaboration Tools Advisory Community is open to OHIO students, faculty, and staff who have an interest in collaboration tools including chat, remote meetings, intranets, and storage solutions.

Service support

Get help

  • Visit the Technology Help Center ( to get live support, view outages, and browse trainings.


Visit the following Microsoft support page for information about accessibility features available for Office 365: 

Ohio University strives to make its digital resources and services accessible to all visitors, including those with disabilities who may also be using assistive technology. If special steps are necessary in order to improve the accessibility of experiences for end-users, those steps must be taken. 
If you experience a barrier that affects your ability to access OHIO websites, videos, online forums, documents, or other information technology, please let us know
For further information about OHIO's digital accessibility resources, see:


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