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Office 2011: Macintosh Download for Personally Owned Computers

Use Microsoft Office, a productivity suite of software for editing documents, creating spreadsheets, making computer slide shows, reading email and more.

Note: This software can be downloaded multiple times and does not limit the number of downloads.

We recommend that students stay consistent with the version of Office that their professors use. We do not recommend upgrading before the end of the semester.

Microsoft only manufactures Office 2013 for Windows systems. For Macintosh, they manufacture Office 2011. If you want to run Office 2013 on your Macintosh computer, you must use Parallels, Boot Camp or VMWare and your computer must meet the requirements.

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Components of Office 2011 Standard

Microsoft Office 2011 Standard includes:

  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Word
  • Outlook

Microsoft does not manufacture a version of Access for Macintosh. If you need to use Access, try running Office through My Virtual Computing Lab.

System Requirements

  • A Mac computer with an Intel processor
  • Mac OS X version 10.5.8 or later
  • 1 GB or more of RAM
  • 2.5 GB of available hard disk space
  • HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended or HFS Plus)
  • 1280 x 800 or higher resolution monitor
  • Connection to a local area network
  • Safari 5 or later recommended

If your system does not meet the above requirements we recommend Office 2008 (available for a limited time).



Faculty, Staff and Students of SUNY schools other than UB are not eligible to download Microsoft Office from UB. Please contact your college or university's IT department for information on how to obtain Microsoft Office.

This software is available to:

  • Students who have paid the Comprehensive fee
  • Faculty paid by UB
  • Faculty Student Association employees
  • Geographic Full time Faculty
  • State employee (UUP, CSEA, MC,PEF)
  • Sub-Board I (SBO) employees
  • Research Foundation employees
  • UB Foundation employees
  • Medical residents (must download faculty/staff version)

This software is NOT available to:

  • Retirees
  • UB students who have not paid the Comprehensive fee
  • Employees on volunteer appointments with UB (paid by someone other than UB)
  • Alumni
  • Faculty, staff or students from SUNY schools other than UB
  • Senior Auditors

Checking for Office Updates

You should set Office to check for Office updates automatically. Updates will only be checked when you are connected to the Internet:

  1. Launch a Microsoft Office application.
  2. From the Help menu select Check for Updates.
  3. Under How would you like to check for software updates select Automatically.
  4. On the Check for Updates pop-up menu select the frequency you want AutoUpdate to check for updates.

You cannot purchase a copy of Office through UB.

Downloading Office 2011

Terms and Conditions of Use

Microsoft Campus Agreement 3.5

Work at Home Acknowledgment

This acceptance form is valid for the Microsoft software products you intend to download, which shall be referred to collectively herein as the “Software”. Software is made available to you because The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) has purchased license coverage for the Software through its Microsoft Campus Subscription Enrollment effective October 1, 2010. UB is ordering the right for you to use the Software for Work-related purposes at home under its Microsoft Campus Subscription Enrollment. You are not licensed to use the Software at home for personal purposes. You do not own the license, rather you are authorized to use the Software pursuant to the terms and conditions of the licensing agreement. You will be required to remove the Software from your home machine immediately if UB decides to no longer participate, or earlier if your UB employment ends. Please note that non-knowledge workers such as maintenance, groundskeepers, cafeteria and mailroom, etc. are ineligible for Work at Home rights if they were not included in the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employee calculation for UB.

You will adhere to the following policies:

  • Read and abide by the license agreement(s) associated with this Software. Understand that Microsoft provides no technical support in association with your work-at-home use.
  • Understand the minimum specifications to run the Software are listed at Microsoft's Website.
  • Remove the Software from your home machine immediately upon the earlier of (a) expiration of the licensed period specified above or (b) the end of your employment with UB.
  • Understand that you are not licensed to use the Software for personal purposes.

By clicking on the button below and proceeding with your download, you are acknowledging acceptance of the terms and conditions of the Microsoft Work at Home Agreement listed above.


  • By downloading the software, you confirm you have read the Terms and Conditions and agree to and acknowledge the terms of the license agreement and terms and conditions.
  • You understand that sharing the software with others is an offense.
  • This software cannot be downloaded and stored in a shared file space.
  • This software is licensed for work-related purposes.

Prompted for a Product Key?

Uninstall any trial versions of Office before you download and install Office 2011. Installing over a trial or demo version will prompt you for a product key.

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