Microsoft provides software that enables you to create spreadsheets, word documents, presentations, project plans, flowcharts, and presentations. The Office suite including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Microsoft Office software is available for both Mac and Windows computer platforms.
On this page you will find information about purchasing and licensing Microsoft Office software through Information Technology Services (ITS) including:
Microsoft Office software available through ITS
The Microsoft Open Licence covers the following popular Microsoft Office software products:
- Office Professional 2013 and 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, OneNote, Access)
- Office for Mac 2011 and 2016
Please note that there are also a number of similar open source and freeware software products available through ITS. Read more about these products on our open source and freeware webpage.
System requirements for Microsoft Office software
The requirements listed here are for both Windows and Mac OS operating systems.
Microsoft Office software usage and licence terms
- Staff and departments can use Microsoft Office products on University-owned computers.
- Staff can use Microsoft Office on their home computer for work-related or personal purposes while employed by the University by completing the Staff MCA Office Work At Home Request Form (.pdf, 76KB) Staff must remove the software from their home computer when they cease employment at the University.
- A perpetual licence is available with the option of purchasing software assurance, which entitles you to any product upgrades over a two-year period.
Prices for Microsoft Office software
- There is no cost to departments. The Microsoft Campus Agreement applies University-wide and it is centrally funded. Departments do not need to budget for the cost for software applications covered by the Agreement.
- There is no cost for staff to use Microsoft Office (Office Pro Plus 2016, Office Pro 2013, Office for Mac 2016, and Office for Mac 2011) at home for work-related or personal purposes, but they need to complete the Staff MCA Office Work At Home Request Form (.pdf, 76KB) for licensing reasons.
- Students can download Microsoft Office 365 and use it free of charge while they are studying at the University of Otago. Please visit the Student IT Software Assistance webpage for more information about how to download and install Microsoft Office 365.
Ordering Microsoft Office software through ITS
- Email the University of Otago Procurement and Licensing Office: email@example.com to order software covered by the Microsoft Campus Agreement.
- To order Microsoft software covered by the Microsoft Campus Agreement for use on your home computer, please complete the Staff MCA Office Work at Home Request Form (.pdf, 76KB).