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How to install Microsoft Office to your computer using Microsoft's cloud based service, Office 365.

Before you start

Geneseo is part of the SUNY Partnership Microsoft Campus Agreement for Microsoft Office. As a Geneseo student, faculty or staff member, you can download and install a free copy of the MS Office suite. (This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and OneNote). You can install Office 365 on up to five computers (Mac or PC) AND up to five mobile devices (smartphones or tablets). 

Office 365 also has a Cloud Version available, which doesn’t require any downloading. You can access it by going directly to: and clicking 'Sign In' in the top right corner. You sign in with your full Geneseo email and password. It is strongly recommended that you use the newest version of your browser of preference. (Note: The cloud version of the Office Suite is a limited version. Some features may not be available.) All documents created will be stored on the Cloud with a 1TB allotment of storage space.

Google Apps is Geneseo's primary collaborative application suite and CIT recommends that you use Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides instead of Office 365 for group work. Sign into Google Drive with your Geneseo account to use those apps:

What happens when my account is deleted?

If or when your SUNY Geneseo account is deleted, you will need to purchase Microsoft Office on your own.  If you choose to let your subscription expire, the Office software applications enter read-only mode, which means that you can view or print existing documents, but you can’t edit them or create new ones. To return to full Office functionality, you can purchase a new version of Office by visiting You could also use Office Online for free for basic editing.


Downloading and Installing Office 

  1. Go to:

  2. Click on Sign-in in the top right corner.

  3. Sign-in using your Geneseo email and password.
  4. Click Install Office 2016 on the top right side of the screen.
  5. Follow the instructions on screen to download MS Office 2016.
  6. Once downloaded and installed you will need to sign-in with your Geneseo email and password to activate MS Office, no product key required!

How to Use Office 365 Cloud

  1. Go to
  2. Sign-in using your Geneseo email and password.
  3. Select the application you would like to use.



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