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Which Version of Office Should I Use?

Stanford provides a number of options for getting Microsoft Office.

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Help me choose Office for Windows

I want to: Office  365 Pro Plus Office 2016 Professional Plus
Install Office on  any computer
Your Office 365 account lets you install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 smartphones
Recommended Not appropriate
Use Microsoft Project or Visio Professional Plus
Visio 2016 and Project 2016 are not compatible with Office 365 Pro Plus; use with Office 2016 Professional Plus; for faculty and staff on Stanford-owned computers only
Not appropriate Recommended
Download Office 365 ProPlus  Office 2016 Professional Plus
I want to: Office 365 Pro Plus
Use OS X 10.10 or later Recommended
Use OS X 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9* Not appropriate
Download Office  365 ProPlus
*Office 365 provides access to its apps in the browser, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. See How to Access Office Online and OneDrive.
  •  =  Recommended

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For Windows users

  • Office 365 Pro Plus is not compatible with the Windows installer versions of Visio and Project that are available from Essential Stanford Software. See Office installed using Click-to-Run and Windows Installer on same computer isn't supported for more information. (Click-to-run is the technology used to install Office 365 Pro Plus; Windows Installer  technology (MSI) is the technology used to install Visio and Project .)
  • Make sure all versions of Office, Visio, and Project  are either 32-bit or 64-bit. You can’t have a mix of both. (Essential Stanford Software distributes the 32-bit version of all.)
  • See Microsoft Office Resources for information about activating Microsoft Office Professional Plus.