Office 2016 Scheduled for Campus Installation for Fall 2017

It is important to maintain current software on University computers. To that end, we are planning to update all campus computers to Office 2016 for the fall 2017 semester. The look and feel of Office 2016 remain unchanged from version 2013 as the ribbon remained unchanged. There are new features and options available in 2016. A listing of what is new in 2016 can be found on the Microsoft web site.

Students, faculty, and staff that have obtained Office through the Office 365 (refer to instructions for installing Office on home computers) web site have already been running the newer version for a few months. The file format did not change between the 2013 or 2016 versions.

We do plan to have information to the campus so that faculty or staff that wish to go to Office 2016 in their offices prior to being pushed out to the campus can do so. We are finalizing those steps and will send a faculty/staff message with those steps once completed. This will allow faculty/staff to use Office 2016 in their offices prior to the cut over for the campus scheduled for fall 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the campus going to Office 2016 for the fall 2017 semester, please contact ITS User Services at 785-670-3000 or by sending email to support@washburn.edu.

 

Office 365 Updated Steps for Installing or Removing the Office Suite on Personal Devices

A reminder that Microsoft Office can be installed on up to five devices as long as you are an employee or student at Washburn. We previously posted directions on this process in December 2014 and wanted to provide another update on that process. The process remained the same although now faculty/staff do not need to validate prior to being able to download and install the software. The process is the same whether a student, faculty, or staff is accessing the site.

  1. Picture of Menu within Office 365 for Installing OfficeLog into Office 365.
  2. In the upper right hand corner, click the Gear Settings: update your profile, install software and connect it to the cloud for Settings and Options.
  3. Select Office 365 settings.
  4. Select Software.
  5. Click Install to install the software.

If you get a new computer or need to remove an installation, steps 1 – 3 apply above in order to remove an Office installation. Only this time, click Install Status on the left side of the screen. This will display those devices where you have installed Office. Click Deactivate to disable the Office installation on that specified computer (i.e. Home Computer).

Problems or questions, please contact ITS User Services at support@washburn.edu or by calling 785.670.3000. We can also assist you in Bennett Computer Center room 104 to install the Office suite.

 

Microsoft Office Now Available for Students on Personal Devices

Refer to new process in blog post dated April 4, 2016.

Prior to the fall 2014 semester starting, we were working with Microsoft to roll out the Office suite to all Washburn students.  We got the process working just after the semester started and since that time have had 376 students download and install the suite. We are able to provide this to all of our students with a Microsoft site license we purchase every year for all campus computers.

These directions will walk you through where to go within your Washburn email account to download the software and then how to install the software.  Note that using your Washburn email account and the directions below, it is possible to install the Office suite on up to five devices (PC or Mac).  It is also possible to use mobile versions of the office programs on such devices as iPhones or iPads.

  1. Log into your Washburn email at http://outlook.washburn.edu.
  2. Gear-BoxClick the gear box in the upper right hand corner of your email to display a drop down list of selections.
  3. Click on Office 365 Settings.
  4. The next screen will show various options on the left hand side.  Select Software.
  5. The next screen will show what software can be installed.
    1. PCs — One button for Install listed with all of the software in one package.  This will install Office 2013 for PCs with the software listed below.
      1. Word
      2. Excel
      3. PowerPoint
      4. OneNote
      5. Access
      6. Publisher
      7. Outlook
      8. Lync
      9. InfoPath
    2. Macs — Two different Install buttons listed, select the first option to install Office 2011 for Mac with the software listed below.
      1. Word
      2. Excel
      3. PowerPoint
      4. Outlook
        • Another Install option will be listed for Mac as there are currently two different versions of Outlook.  Use the Outlook in the first option.
        • OneNote is available for Mac, but you will need to install it from the app store.
  6. Once the Install is clicked, the program will begin to download to your computer.
  7. When the download is complete, install the program.  Note, download time will depend on your Internet connection to Microsoft.
  8. After installation, if prompted to activate product, select Sign in to existing Office 365 subscription. Enter your full Washburn email address and then your email password.

The Office suite, whether on PC or Mac, will remain updated and current as long as you are a student.  Once you leave Washburn, the program will stop working and prompt you to purchase through Microsoft.

Any problems or questions, please contact ITS User Services at support@washburn.edu or by calling 785-670-3000.

 

Office 2013 Evaluation with Deployment for Fall 2013

Microsoft has released a new version of the Office suite.  Over the course of the summer, we will be evaluating when we should migrate to the new version.  The new version is 2013 and while it has a lot of the same features, the user interface has been updated.

The new version has already shown up on new computers and students, faculty, and staff are able to purchase Office 365 which includes Office 2013 for their personal computers.  Microsoft always allows for backward compatibility and in this case it is no different.  Office 2013 will be able to open older versions and there is a conversion tool available to be able to open 2013 files on older installations.

By July, we will have reviewed Office 2013 to determine if there are issues that would delay us to a later date for the update.