Activate Office 365 For Mac

This article applies to: Central IT Service Group (CITSG) Support, Office 365 Productivity Bundle

  • Change Office 365 activation on Mac I installed the Office 2016 desktop applications on my Mac (OS X 10.11.16). When I started Word for Mac I was prompted to log in, which I did successfully, and my software was activated.
  • Microsoft offers Office 365 as a packaged application containing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and OneDrive. You can go to the Mac App Store and download individual apps you like to use. You have one month trial period to test the apps and then need to upgrade to yearly subscription mode.

What to Expect During the Installation

For Office 365 (and Microsoft 365) customers, Office for Mac activates by contacting the Office Licensing Service on the internet. The Office Licensing Service keeps track of which users are.

All Office apps will be force-closed before upgrade can start. To avoid losing work, save your work in all apps before starting the upgrade.
An Internet connection is required throughout the installation.

Starting the Office 365 upgrade process manually

Use these steps if you prefer to start the upgrade process manually, rather than waiting for your system to upgrade automatically after the deadline.

  1. Open Self Service and click Microsoft Office – Activate Office 365 Version Self Service.
  2. Click Activate O365.
  3. The activation may take 1-2 minutes to complete.
Any open Office applications will be automatically closed when this runs—so be sure to save your work before starting the process.
  1. The next time an Office application is opened, it will prompt you either to activate the product or to sign in immediately.
    • If you are prompted to activate the product when an Office app is opened:
      1. Click Activate in the yellow activation warning bar.
      2. Click the Sign in link at the bottom of the activation window.
      3. Log in using your Cornell NetID and password.
      4. The Office application will no longer display the yellow activation warning bar.
    • If you are prompted to sign in when opening an Office app:
      1. At the Microsoft Sign in window, type your NetID in the field labeled Email, phone, or Skype, then click Next.
      2. Log in using your Cornell NetID and password. The Office application should open normally.
  2. To confirm your activated Office 365 license in any Office application, click the application name in the Menu bar, then click About. The license type should read “Office 365 Subscription.”

What to Expect After the Upgrade

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  • Dock shortcut icons
    For any Office applications that were in the Mac Dock, you will need to add them again to the Dock. (To do this, open the app to make its icon appear again in the Dock. Control-click the app’s icon, then choose Options > Keep in Dock.)
  • Your Office 365 Subscription
    This Office installation will count toward the five total installations that you are allowed through Cornell’s Office 365 licensing. When you launch any Microsoft application in the suite, you will be automatically logged in based on your Mac login. (The assumption is that you are using an Active Directory-bound system.)
  • OneDrive for Business
    If you still use OneDrive for Business, be aware that it will not be re-installed with Office 365. We recommend you use the OneDrive app moving forward. For more information, see Sync files with the OneDrive sync client on Mac OS X.
  • If your upgrade fails
    In the unlikely event that your Office upgrade fails, leaving your system without Office applications installed locally, please submit a ticket to CIT Desktop Support immediately.
    Until your upgrade issue is resolved, use the web-based Office applications. Log in to the Office site, then click the Apps icon in the upper left-hand corner to open a menu of available web-based Office apps.

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What to Expect from Future Office Updates

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  • Release Notes
    Release notes for each version and channel can be found on the following pages:
  • Regular Office Updates
    Once the upgrade has been rolled out, users will be on a 'monthly channel.' This means new feature updates will be released monthly for the product. For details, see Overview of update channels for Office 365 ProPlus. Unlike previous Microsoft Office updates which users received as part of 'Patch Tuesdays,' these Office 365 client updates require the apps to be closed prior to starting the update.