Student Advantage - providing FREE Office 365 ProPlus for Students

Starting from Aug 2014, EdUHK students can enjoy Office 365 ProPlus, a full version of the Microsoft Office suite, for free on personal PCs and mobile devices through the Student Advantage programme.

What is Office 365 ProPlus?

Office 365 ProPlus is a full version of Office, which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, and more.

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Note: "Office for Mac" includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook Only.


Each student can install Office 365 ProPlus on up to five home or personal PCs/Macs and up to five mobile devices.

Office 365 ProPlus can be downloaded from Office 365 website. Students can access Office 365 from https://portal.microsoftonline.com and log in with their email address (eg. sxxxxxxx@s.eduhk.hk) and network password. Office mobile applications are downloadable on iPhone and Android phones, and are pre-installed on Windows phones.

Note: Students need to log into their Office 365 account every 30 days in order to continue using the fully unlocked versions of Office 365 ProPlus.

How to install?

For PC/Mac:

Note: Make sure you have uninstalled all trial or earlier versions of Microsoft Office on your personal devices before you install the Office 365 ProPlus.

  • Log in to Office 365 https://portal.microsoftonline.com.
  • Once logged in, click on the Gear icon The image illustrate the Gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen and select Office 365 Settings.
  • Select Install Status from the left panel.
  • Select Install desktop applications.
  • Select the language and review the system requirements.
  • Click the Install button to begin installation. The site will automatically detect your system (PC or Mac). The default is set to 32-bit as the recommended version. Click "Advanced" to select 64-bit if preferred.
  • Save and Run the installation file and follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Note: Mac users please follow these instructions to active Office:
  • After installing Office open one of the applications such as Word or PowerPoint.
  • Click “Sign in to an existing office 365 Subscription”.
  • Type in your email address (e.g. sxxxxxxx@s.eduhk.hk) and click Next.
  • Login with your email address and password then click "Sign in".
  • Now your office software is activated.

For Mobile Devices:

  • Go to your app store on your mobile device (iTunes for iOS devices, Google Play for Android)
  • Search "Microsoft Office Mobile" (Note: On iPad, you may need to change search setting to "iPhone apps only". The iPhone app can be used on iPads, but is not compatible on 1st and 2nd generation iPads.)
  • Install the app on your device.
  • After the installation, open the app.
  • When prompted, enter your student email address (e.g. sxxxxxxx@s.eduhk.hk). Select Organization account and type in your password.

How to deactivate Office 365 ProPlus

If you have already installed the latest version of Office with Office 365 on five computers that you use and you want to install Office on a sixth computer, you have to deactivate the installation on one of your current computers. If not, you will be prompt with the following error.
The image illustrate error message prompt in the window

Procedures:

  • Log in to Office 365 https://portal.microsoftonline.com
  • Once logged in, click on the Gear icon The image illustrate the Gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen and select Office 365 Settings.
  • Select Software from from the Office 365 Settings menu on the left panel.
  • Click the Deactivate button next to the computer you want to deactivate install.
    The image illustrate how to deactivate Office 365 ProPlus

What happens after I graduate?

Students are not eligible to access Office 365 ProPlus after graduation.