Microsoft Office 2016 upgrade

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Please note that this page contains links to additional information on a Microsoft SharePoint site. For those links you will be asked to sign in with your University username (in the format ab1234@bristol.ac.uk) and password.

Office 2016

  • Computers in lecture theatres and study/teaching spaces will be upgraded to Office 2016 at the start of the summer vacation, 2017.
  • You can install free Office 2016  (login with your long username, e.g. ab1234@bristol.ac.uk) on up to five personally-owned Windows or Mac computers.
  • You can also use the online version of Office (login with your long username, e.g. ab1234@bristol.ac.uk) to access Office documents stored in your OneDrive (see below) using any web browser (e.g. Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari), which is great if you're away from your normal computer.
  • Support and learning resources are available - Office 2016 learning resources (login with your long username, e.g. ab1234@bristol.ac.uk).

What’s new and does everything still work?

  • Windows users get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher and Skype for Business. Outlook 2016 is installed but not yet active. Outlook 2013 will remain installed and can continue to be used.
  • Office 2016 looks and works pretty much the same as Office 2013 but provides new collaboration options; there are a few differences, but nothing major. Find out more about the differences and new features in Office 2016 (login with your long username, e.g. ab1234@bristol.ac.uk). A minor issue is that if you have pinned any Office 2013 apps to your taskbar, you'll have to re-pin after the upgrade.
  • See known issues in Office 2016. (login with your long username, e.g. ab1234@bristol.ac.uk).

Office 2016, OneDrive and the Digital Workspace Programme

  • Office 2016 is the first piece of the University's Digital Workspace Programme 'jigsaw' and is a taste of the direction we're moving in and as part of the Programme we're encouraging the use of OneDrive for personal work-in-progress, rather than MyFiles or Google Drive, along with other tools.
  • ​​​OneDrive is the first of a package of new tools that will make it easier to find and share documents at the University - it is Microsoft's online storage service and is similar to Dropbox (note that syncing is not currently enabled but will be enabled later - see known issues in OneDrive).
  • See further information and try out OneDrive (login with your long username, e.g. ab1234@bristol.ac.uk) and see advice on saving documents directly to OneDrive from Office (login with your long username, e.g. ab1234@bristol.ac.uk).

Please contact digital-workspace@bristol.ac.uk if you have any questions or concerns.