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Upgrade to Office 2016 Available


Office 2016 has been tested and installed on new Ag computers since Jan. 1. This latest version of the Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) includes the latest security updates and a few new features, plus it can fix a few issues some Office 2010 and 2013 users have had.

If you are on campus and use Office 2010 or 2013, you can upgrade to 2016 on your own. Sorry, but this option isn’t available for off-campus computers.

  1. Click on the Windows start button in the lower left of the toolbar.
  2. Click on All Programs.
  3. Click on Microsoft System Center 2012 R2.
  4. Click on Software Center.
  5. Select Ag Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016, and click on Install in the lower right.

The installation may take a while, so you can select install before you leave your computer for the evening to let it run overnight.

The process automatically uninstalls your old version and puts Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, Skype and Outlook icons on your desktop.

The 2016 files still are in, for example, .docx format, and all the programs look very similar to the 2013 versions.

If you still use Office 2010, support will end this fall. We encourage you to upgrade, and we haven’t found problems jumping from 2010 to 2016.

The steps above only will work for supported computers on the NDSU campus. If you are in an off-campus office, contact the technicians to arrange for an upgrade.

The Office 365 cloud/online version of the software may be used for work or personal use since it’s not installed on a computer.

Home users with a non-NDSU-owned (personal) computer may either download a copy of Office Professional Plus 2013 from the online Web portal for free or purchase a copy of Office Professional Plus 2016 for $9.95 (digital download) or $24.95 (DVD). The Web download requires that your computer be connected to the Internet at least once a month to allow it to verify you are still an NDSU employee.

Learn more about these options for both NDSU-owned and personal computers.

Jerry Ranum, Jon Fry and Blair Johnson, Desktop Support Specialists; ITS Help Desk, (701) 231-8685

Filed under: Office 365, Microsoft
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