Microsoft Office – Mac

You can create professional documents and presentations with Office 2011 available for the Mac. Office for Mac 2011, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, is compatible with Office for Windows, to enable collaboration on documents with virtually anyone, anywhere.

NOTE: Office 2016 for Mac is now available for faculty, staff and student personal computers through your Office 365 license. See below for more information. At this time, Microsoft has not released the enterprise version of Office 2016 for Mac, which is required for ITS to install the suite on Northeastern-managed Macs. Once the enterprise version is released, we will begin work on including Office 2016 for Mac in a future OS X Yosemite (10.10) Mac image configuration.

Platforms: Mac

Vendor Information: Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Office for Mac Support


For a quick-view, see Getting Microsoft Office – Mac.

  • Northeastern-managed computers: Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac is available as part of the standard configuration and requires no additional action to install.
  • Unmanaged Northeastern computers: Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac is currently available for local installation that will be provided directly by the ITS Service Desk. Submit a Locally Installed Software request through the ServiceNow portal (sign-in may be required).
  • ITS-managed computer labs
  • Student personal computers: Direct from vendor. The Microsoft Student Advantage program allows students access to Northeastern’s Office 365 ProPlus subscription, which provides downloads of the latest version of Office (currently Office 2011 for Mac or Office 2016 for Mac depending on your operating system). Learn more here.
  • Faculty/staff personal computers: Direct from vendor.
    • As part of your Northeastern Office 365 ProPlus license, you may download the latest version of Office (currently Office 2011 for Mac or Office 2016 for Mac depending on your operating system) for free from Microsoft on up to five (5) computers that you personally use. Learn more about this option here. Do not install these copies of Office on computers that others use – the Office applications are tied to your Northeastern Office 365 account and have access to your Northeastern resources and files.
      • If you wish to install Office on family computers, Microsoft has a number of offerings for personal and family use.
    • If you wish to purchase Office, go to the Microsoft Home Use Program for Office 2011 for Mac Home & Business.
      • For the instructions on how to purchase the Home Use Program version, go to the Knowledge Base for the solution (you may need to sign in with your myNEU username and password). That link will work ONLY for faculty and staff.

All users of Northeastern University-owned/-managed/-licensed computers, networks, systems and software, are responsible for being familiar with and adhering to the Appropriate Use Policy (AUP).

Updated October 2015