Office 2016: Macintosh Download for Personally Owned Computers

Use Microsoft Office for Macintosh 2016, a productivity suite of software for editing documents, creating spreadsheets, making computer slide shows, reading email and more.

Office for Mac 2016 contains Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word.

Last updated: 12/12/2017

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.

Who Can and Cannot Download Office from UB

This software is available to:

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

This software is not available to:

  • Retirees
  • Employees on volunteer appointments with UB (paid by someone other than UB)
  • Alumni
  • Senior Auditors
  • Faculty, staff or students from SUNY schools other than UB

System Requirements

  • Computer and processor:
    A Mac computer with an Intel processor
  • Memory:
    4 GB of RAM
  • Hard disk:
    6 GB of available hard disk space
    HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended or HFS Plus)
  • Display:
    1280 x 800 or higher resolution monitor
  • Operating system:
    Mac OS X version 10.10, 10.11.1 or higher (but not 10.11.0), 10.12, 10.13
    For the best experience, use the latest version of any operating system.
  • Browser:
    The current or immediately previous version of Safari, Chrome, or Firefox.
  • Other:
    Installation requires a connection to the Internet; Internet functionality requires an Internet connection; Access to files stored on a SharePoint server requires connectivity to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 or later; Exchange support in Outlook requires connectivity to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 or later OR Office 365 for business; Coauthoring requires SharePoint Server 2010 or a Microsoft account; Certain online features require a Microsoft account.

Run Office Updates Immediately After Installing

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.
  5. Click Check for Updates.

Problem Using Web Folders and Office 2016

Using Office 2016 for Mac to open files on UBfs after connecting using Web Folders (Connect to Server  opens files in Read Only mode. Changes cannot be saved to UBfs.

Microsoft has confirmed this is a bug. The following workarounds can be used:


Method 1: Continue to use Office 2016

1. Connect to Server cifs://

2. Select Register User next to the Connect As field

3. In the Name field, enter AD\ followed immediately by your UBITName (for example, AD\jdoe)

4. In the Password field, enter your UBIT Password


Method 2: Revert to Office 2011

If you revert to Office 2011, you can continue to Connect to Server

Common Questions

What do I do if I get an Unidentified Developer Error when trying to install?

See how to fix the "Unidentified Developer" error.

Why am I being prompted for a product key?

Remove or uninstall trial or demo versions, or versions you installed with a license key before you download and install Office from UB. Installing over a trial or demo or a version licensed with a key prompts you for a product key for the UB version.

When I go to open the download, why does it just keep opening a new file instead of installing the software?

Sometimes Chrome says the file has finished downloading, but it hasn't. When you go to install the software, the download is incomplete and won't install. Try downloading Office with a different browser, like Safari, and then installing it.

If I delete a previous version of Office, do my files get deleted?


May I download Office more than once?


Can I order a physical copy of Office media?


How can I log into OneNote online after I install Office 2016?

Go to and create a Microsoft account.

How can I use a component of Office that's only available for Windows?

If you have Parallels or VMware, you can download, install and run Office 2016 Professional Plus for Windows on your virtual Windows software. If not, try running Office through My Virtual Computing Lab.

How can I customize the Ribbon or add menu shortcuts?

Go to Microsoft's tutorial on how to customize the Ribbon or add quick access toolbar.

I need Skype for Business (formerly Lync) but it doesn't come with Office for Mac?

Download Skype for Business for Mac separately.

How long can I use Office?

Your Office download will continue to work the entire time you are at UB. When you are no longer a current student, faculty or staff member, you must remove Office from your computer.

Still need help?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.