Microsoft 365

Tags Office365

What Is It?

Microsoft 365 is a free suite of programs that includes Office applications. There are two ways to use Microsoft 365: in the cloud using Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, OneNote Online, etc. or by installing all the same apps locally on up to five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five mobile devices.

Exchange Online is the common email and calendar solution that is available to faculty and staff. This is a separate service from Microsoft 365.


  • Work anywhere, anytime and across virtually any device by installing Microsoft 365 on up to five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five mobile devices
  • Stay current with automatic updates and releases for Microsoft 365
  • Access to unlimited secure cloud-based file storage and sharing


  • This offer is available for free for all students, faculty, and staff with a valid UIC NetID and common password. You must install Microsoft 365 before you can use the software. Once you leave the University, your Microsoft 365 subscription will end, however you may enroll in other available consumer or commercial offers at that time.

Who Is Eligible To Use It?

  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Staff

Where Can I Get It?

Select the Access Microsoft 365 button located on this page.

How Do I Use It?

Visit LinkedIn Learning for various helpful courses, such as Excel Essentials and PowerPoint Essentials.

How Much Does It Cost?

This service is funded by the University; there are no direct costs to clients.

How Can I Get Support?

If you are experiencing a problem with this service, please report it. If you just have a question, feel free to ask us.

Service Levels

Service Request Fulfillment Time Provisioned nightly at 5:00am
Incident Resolution Time Local Incident resolution time, 2 business days. Vendor, 1 business day
Service Availability 24x7
Maintenance Window(s) Tuesday nights from 10:00pm to 5:00am. ​Approved Technology Solutions maintenance window(s).
Service Notification Channel(s) Technology Solutions Service Notices, REACH distribution email list
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Service ID: 376
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This person is accountable for the overall performance of this service. This is not a support contact.
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