PCC Students, Faculty & Staff Get Microsoft Office 365 for FREE!


As a PCC student, faculty or staff member, you can download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus desktop applications for free on 5 PCs or Macs, plus 5 iPads or Windows tablets. These are the latest versions of Office available—Office 2013 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac.

How to Download and Install Free Microsoft Office ProPlus

Downloading and installing Microsoft Office is simple and can be done from campus or at home. The directions are slightly different for students and faculty/staff, so please follow accordingly. 

Microsoft Student Advantage Program: Download & Install Free Microsoft Office ProPlus

  1. http://login.microsoftonline.com

  2. Sign in with your LancerPoint email address, including the @go.pasadena.edu portion of your LancerPoint email address.

    For example: alincoln@go.pasadena.edu 

  3. Enter your LancerPoint password

  4. Click Install, and then as necessary on your own system, if prompted click Run or Allow. Depending on how your own computer is set up, you may be asked for one or more permissions to install software.

  5. After the installation, or when you first use an application, you will be asked to activate the software. Select the activation for an Office 365 account—not the option for an activation code.

NOTE: If your computer is not regularly connected to the Internet, you might have to connect to the Internet once every 30 days to verify that you are still eligible for the program.

Microsoft Office365 Program for PCC Faculty & Staff

  1. On your PC or Mac computer, go to the website: http://office.com/getoffice365 

  2. Click the Teachers tab.  This is the correct tab for all PCC employees.

  3. Click Find out if you’re eligible

  4. Enter your Pasadena.edu email address and click Sign Up.

  5. You will be sent an email to your Pasadena.edu address.  The email will come from Microsoft Office 365 Team.

  6. Click the link in that email and it will take you to the final sign-up page.

  7. Fill out all of that information.  The password will be for your Office365 account only, and is not tied in to your LancerPoint ID.  After you fill out the form, click Start;

  8. This will take you to https://portal.office.com/Home

  9. From here you can either use the online version of the applications, which do not have all of the features available, or you can install the applications to your computer.  To install them to your computer, click the Install Now button.

  10. After the installation, or when you first use an application, you will be asked to activate the software. Select the activation for an Office 365 account—not the option for an activation code.

  11. If you wish to see your options for installing Office on your mobile devices, click the Office on your devices link

NOTE: If your computer is not regularly connected to the Internet, you might have to connect to the Internet once every 30 days to verify that you are still eligible for the program.


Frequently Asked Questions

For PC: Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, OneNote 2013, Access 2013, Publisher 2013, Outlook 2013, Lync 2013, InfoPath 2013

For Mac (2011 is the latest version): Word 2011, Excel 2011, PowerPoint 2011, Outlook 2011

For iPhone: Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, Note: OneNote and Lync Mobile available as a separate download.

For iPad (Office for iPad with editing rights): Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

For Android: Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, Note: OneNote and Lync Mobile available , as a separate download.

Each subscription associated with your campus email address allows you to run Office on up to five computers (Mac or PC) and on up to five mobile devices (applicable tablets and smartphones).

Yes, this is full Office on the PC and Mac and is available for offline use. After you download the software, you do not need to be connected to the Internet to use the software.

For a Windows PC:

Operating System: Windows 7 or Windows 8. Note: When installing, it is recommended that you select the default 32-bit option, even if you have a 64-bit operating system. The 64-bit Office can only be installed on 64-bit operating systems.

Computer and processor: 1 GHZ or faster x86 or 64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set.

Memory: 1 GB RAM (32-bit), 2 GB RAM (64-bit) recommended for graphics features, Outlook Instant Search, and certain advanced functionality.

Disk space: 3 gigabytes (GB)

Monitor resolution: 1024 x 768


For a Mac:

Operating System: Mac OS X version 10.5.8 or later.

Computer and processor: An Intel processor.

Memory: 1 GB of RAM recommended.

Disk space: 2.5 GB of available hard disk space. HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended or HFS Plus).

Monitor resolution: 1280 x 768 or higher resolution monitor


For an iPhone:

iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPod Touch 5th generation. All must be running iOS 6.1 minimum.

For an Android device:

Android OS 4.0 or greater, Android touch-enabled smartphones only.

Office Online is a free web-based version of Microsoft Office—with less functionality and fewer features than the full version of Office—but that is fully compatible with all the applications. For example, you can begin a PowerPoint presentation in PowerPoint Online, open it in desktop PowerPoint to apply sophisticated features, and then view and share it using PowerPoint Online. You can get Office Online, which includes Microsoft’s free cloud storage called OneDrive, with any Microsoft account. A Microsoft account is any free email address that you already have or create in Hotmail, Windows Live, or outlook.com.

 

Here are reasons why you might not be able to sign in at the http://login.microsoftonline site or install the software after logging in:

  1. If you are a student, you need to reset your LancerPoint password. You can do this at
    https://reset.pasadena.edu. At this site, click the fourth item, Reset my password, and then follow the directions provided.
  2. You are a student employee at the college. Faculty and staff are excluded from the Microsoft Student Advantage program—including student workers because they are considered employees. PCC employees and student employees can take advantage of a different program offered by the Foundation for California Community Colleges at http://www.foundationccc.org/CollegeBuys/CollegeBuysHome/tabid/484/Default.aspx
  3. You do not have administrator rights to install software on the device. For example, if the computer on which you are trying to install the software was given to you by someone else or by a company or a program at the college, you may not have administrator rights to install software on that device.
Office 365 ProPlus is one of the subscription service plans for Microsoft Office and the plan that offers the most features.
A Microsoft Office product with the “365” designation means that the software is offered to you on an annual subscription basis. There are no CDs to install and no Product Key to enter. Office 365 is a user-based service that allows you to access Office on a subscription basis on a variety of your devices. You can activate the software on up to five computers, and also deactivate any of those to install on a sixth computer. Traditional Office installations were tied to the computers they were installed on. Now you have the flexibility to easily move the software among different computers, which is especially convenient when you buy a new computer.
Yes, hundreds of colleges around the country have implemented this free program for faculty, staff, and students.
Yes, after the installation, or when you first use an application, you will be asked to activate the software. Select the activation for an Office 365 account—not the option for an activation code.

Typically, downloaded software will be installed separately from any previous versions of Microsoft Office, so if you have an older version of Office and install Office 2013, you will have two different copies of Microsoft Office that are accessible.

If you have a trial version of Office 2013, uninstall it before downloading Office 365 ProPlus. To do so, display the Control Panel, and then click Uninstall a program. Select the Office trial software, and then click Uninstall.

If you have a more limited version of Office 2013 that you purchased, such as the Home and Student edition available from stores like BestBuy and Staples, assuming you have the Product Key, you can uninstall it and reinstall it later. Office 365 ProPlus provides more applications than any other version of Office.

Open Google Play, search for Office Mobile or Office 365. Click on the Office Mobile app, select the Install button, agree to the User Terms and Conditions, open Office Mobile, and then press the next button. To activate Office Mobile, sign in using your LancerPoint email address. Type in your password and select your preferred settings. You can now begin using Office on your mobile device.

Open the App Store, search for Office Mobile or Office 365. Click on the Office Mobile app, select the Free button, and then Install. Open Office Mobile app, swipe to the left and through the intro. Click Get started. To activate Office Mobile, sign in using your LancerPoint email address. Type in your password and select your preferred settings. You can now begin using Office on your mobile device.

Microsoft Office Mobile is pre-installed with Windows Phone. To connect to Office 365, open Office from your list of applications. Select Office 365 and click the set up button. Type in your LancerPoint email address and your password. Click the sign in button.

While Lync may be included as part of the ProPlus software package, Pasadena City College faculty and staff may not currently have the license needed in Office 365 to use Lync at this time.

No, the Help Desk is not equipped to assist PCC students, faculty or staff with the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus program, but it is unlikely that any assistance will be necessary. The installation is smooth and easy. Questions can typically be found on Microsoft’s site.

You can use Office 365 on up to five computers (PCs or Macs). If you would like to install Office on a sixth computer, you must deactivate one previous installation. From within an application, for example Word or PowerPoint, click the FILE tab, and then on the left, click Account. On the right, under Subscription Product, click the Manage Account button. On the list, under the computer you want to deactivate, click Deactivate. Later, you can select the same computer and click Install to reactivate that computer. After deactivating, you will have an additional install that you can apply to a new computer you want add to your list.