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Microsoft Office

What is Microsoft Office?

Microsoft Office (or MS Office) is a collection of productivity tools that includes Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. Most applications within the Office suite are available on desktopmobile app, or on browsers via cloud services.

Key features

  • Desktop, mobile and cloud versions of the Microsoft Office applications.
  • 5 installations on any supported individual-use devices, such as laptop, tablet, and smartphone.

Getting Started with Microsoft Office

1. Sign up for an SFU Microsoft 365 Account

MS Office is available to all current SFU faculty, staff, and students with a Microsoft 365 account. Visit the Get Started page for instructions on how to sign up for an SFU Microsoft 365 account.

Who can use MS Office?



  • MS Office is available to all current SFU students with a Microsoft 365 account.
  • Note. "Students" include graduate students (as defined by the Dean of Graduate Studies) and undergraduate students enrolled in a degree granting course (as defined by Student Services). At this time, Continuing Studies students are not eligible.


  • SFU retirees, emeritus and adjunct professors are eligible for Office 365 online to help facilitate working with the University community. This furnishes all the Office services, but does not allow for downloadable desktop installs of Office. The Office suite is still available in a browser.

2. Access MS Office

Once your account is ready, you can access MS Office in the following ways:

  1. MS Office Web: Visit M365 Portal > Select any of the Office apps
  2. MS Office Desktop: Launch any of the Office software on your desktop (e.g., Word, Excel)

How do I install MS Office on my Individual-use or university-managed device(s)?


  • Visit the Getting Started page for instructions on how to install Microsoft Office on your individual-use device.


  • If you are an SFU faculty/staff and you hold a university-managed device, Microsoft Office applications should be pre-installed on your device.
  • Please contact the IT Service Desk at or 778-782-8888 for any software inquiries/installations.

Training, Support & How-to Guides

Need help? Please see our collection of FAQs or visit the how-to guides.

For additional assistance, contact the IT Service Desk at or 778-782-8888.

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