Microsoft Office 2016

Posted: September 14, 2016

The most current version of Microsoft Office for Windows – Microsoft Office 2016 – is now available to all faculty and staff who wish to upgrade. A few clicks and little patience and you can have it installed! Well….maybe many clicks and lots of patience…..

Office 2016 is available for all university-owned computers.  While there are a lot of security and efficiency enhancements built in, and it is built for better integration with Windows OS versions 8 and 10, there are not many exciting ‘must-have’ features in this version for most of us.  All office documents – spreadsheets, presentations and Word documents are very compatible between versions 2013 and 2016.

If you’d like to have Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows, the steps are fairly simple.  To install Office 2016, look for the ‘b icon’ in the system tray at the bottom right corner of your computer.  Right-click on the b icon and select Open IBM BigFix Support Center.  Click the tab named Offers, and Office 2016 should be listed.  Click the offer to select it, then click the Accept button and the installation will be triggered.  Because it is a big suite of software, it will be a long install process with at least one reboot followed by a number of updates.  Ag IT recommends that you start this task before leaving the office for the day – and at a time when updates the following morning will not interfere with critical work.  One other disclaimer - - if you are running an old computer now and feel that it is not as fast as you would like, upgrading to Office 2016 may make things worse!

In due time Office 2016 will become the default Office product on new and rebuilt computers, and when Microsoft ends support of Office versions 2010 and 2013 they will have to be upgraded to a current/supported version. Users of Office 2010 really should be thinking of taking the step from 2010 to 2013, or the leap from 2010 to 2016!

If you have any questions about Office 2016 and its deployment, or if you'd like to talk to someone about Office 2016 for Mac, please contact us by telephone to 814-865-1229 or by email to