Office 365, Free 


By Austin Mageles

Are you a Google Docs user? Did you download free software solutions like Open Office or Libre Office so you could write your term paper? Were you thinking of purchasing an Office 365 subscription for your college career? If any of these apply to you, did you know that you get a free subscription to Office 365 right now with your SMCC credentials? No, really!

If you weren’t already aware, Microsoft Office 365 is a platform-as-a-service solution that allows a subscriber to download a comprehensive version of the Microsoft Office 2016 suite, for about a hundred dollars a year. Furthermore, you also get access to web-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and more! Interested? Let me tell you how to get started!

First, on a Windows- or macOS-based personal computer, open your web browser and head to This is Microsoft Office’s login page, similar to mySMCC’s or Blackboard’s. What you’re going to want to do is enter in your school email and school password. This may or may not change the page to display some SMCC graphics, like our logo. I’ve had different results depending on different systems, so your results may vary.

Hit the enter key to log in, and you should be brought to a page displaying various elements of the Office 365 suite. Near the top of the page, look for a rectangle labeled “Install Office 2016.” As the name suggests, this will allow us to install Office 2016 for no extra charge on our computer! Click on the box and a downloadable executable should pop up. Run the small executable, and a window should pop up stating that Office 2016 is installing. The small application is actually connected to the internet and is downloading the program right onto your computer, free of charge.

Once the download and installation is finished, you should have the icons of Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word on your taskbar if you’re running Windows; or if you’re running macOS, they should be in your Applications folder. Open any of these applications, and within a few seconds you will be asked to register Office 2016. Instead of using a product key, look for the option to validate from an email address instead. Yet another sign-in window should appear, and from there, use the same SMCC credentials you used to download Office 2016. Within a few seconds to a minute, you’ll be logged into Office!

If you’ve gotten this far, then congratulations! You have successfully installed and connected Office 2016 to your SMCC account. It’s awesome to have access to the entire Office 365 suite for no additional charge! Furthermore, as long as you have access to your SMCC account, you’ll be receiving updates to Office and a whole bunch more! Now you can type that essay with confidence. Just make sure to get it done ahead of time!


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