As part of the school’s site license, all students and faculty members are entitled to 5 licenses of Microsoft Office 365. This is Microsoft’s newest productivity suite of applications. For those of you using Windows machines, this means that you’ll receive almost every piece of software Microsoft Office 2016 offers. The newest version currently available for Macintosh users is Office 2016 as well. If you are not familiar with Office 365, this is Microsoft’s attempt to get everyone to use a subscription to Office instead of buying the software. You’ll receive automatic updates as well as free upgrades to the newest version as they become available.
Please note that the Technology office will not be able to provide support for installing this software on your personal computers beyond this install document. If you are having problems installing this on your computer, please contact Microsoft’s support. Also, please see the FAQ below for some additional questions we wanted to pre-answer.
The first time you install software, you will need to perform steps 1 through 10. Parents, since the licenses are validated through student email accounts, you will need to work with your son to setup the account. Then you can install additional licenses with only the Microsoft account information. For additional installations, you can begin at step 11 and proceed through step 14 if needed.
We hope you’re having a wonderful start to your year!
- St. Louis Priory Tech Department
Click here to download instructions for accessing the software
Q: Can I install this on other family members’ computers or just my own?
A: Yes, you can install this on other family members’ computers. Please limit use to family members and not friends.
Q: If I have a parent who teaches at Priory, do I have more licenses available to me?
A: Yes, faculty are also entitled to 5 licenses. So a teacher with one son at Priory would have 10 licenses available to them, but only 5 under each email address.
Q: For how long do we continue to get our 5 free licenses?
A: You will have access to your five free licenses for as long as you are a student at St. Louis Priory High School and the school maintains its Microsoft site license.
Q: I am graduating this spring. For how long will my license be active?
A: Microsoft supports an educational institution’s decision on when a person is no longer a student. We are still working to determine when exactly these licenses will have to be terminated, but your licenses will remain valid until at least September 1 of your graduation year.
Q: I need additional licenses than what I am entitled to through the school. How can I get them?
A: Microsoft 365 is available for around $99/year and provides 5 additional licenses. You can buy it anywhere you can buy Microsoft products.
Q: I am having trouble installing the program on my own. Can the Priory Tech office help?
A: We are sorry, but we are only a two person department. We won’t be able to handle the demand from parents and students in addition to our normal duties. Please contact Microsoft for support in installing Office 365.
Q: I have an earlier version of Microsoft Office on my computer. Will installing Office 365 overwrite this copy?
A: We don’t really know at this time.
Q: What is Office Online?
A: This is Microsoft’s answer to Google Apps. They are web-based versions of Office products that work online. You can now use Microsoft Office on any computer with an internet connection. You also get 1 Terabyte (1024 Gigabytes) of cloud storage with Microsoft’s OneDrive.
Q: Can Office 365 open earlier versions of Microsoft Office documents?
A: In almost all cases, this is an unqualified yes. In the case of Microsoft Access, it depends on how old your database is. You will still be able to open it but you might be forced to upgrade the database file prior to working with it.