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Office 365 and Microsoft Products for Staff and Faculty


McMaster has signed a licence agreement with Microsoft which will provide several Microsoft products to McMaster staff and faculty, at no charge.


All staff and faculty at McMaster qualify for a free Office 365 subscription, which includes free downloads of the Office Applications for Windows and Mac.


Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus

Office 365 ProPlus is the recommended version of Microsoft Office as it provides leading productivity and collaboration tools as well as app consistency across our organization. Office 365 ProPlus can be installed on up to 5 devices as well unlimited mobile devices for iOS, Android, & Windows Phone.


Before you upgrade, we recommend contacting your IT Support team to make sure that installing Office 365 ProPlus will not impact any of your current settings or applications.


How to Sign In

  1. Step 1: Find your MacID and password.
  2. Step 2: When you sign in, enter your MacID followed by "@ads.mcmaster.ca" into the top field. For example, if your MacID were "smithj," you would enter "smithj@ads.mcmaster.ca".
  3. Step 3: Enter your password into the lower field.
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Remember to bookmark https://portal.office.com



Features and Benefits

  1. There is no charge for this service.
  2. Available to all full-time and part-time employees.
  3. Includes standard Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access.
  4. Provides access to collaboration tools and apps: Teams, Planner, & more.

Email Not Included

It should be noted that undergraduate, graduate, staff, and faculty email services will NOT be available through the Office 365 suite. Staff and Faculty will continue to use the MacMail service and all students will continue to use the Studentmail service powered by Google.


Additional Information

  1. Office 365 Pro Plus Installation Instructions
  2. Download Office 365 ProPlus/ Office 365 Portal

Volume Licences

All McMaster owned or operated computers are also eligible for volume licence editions of Office Professional Plus, Office Mac, and Windows 10 Education. Please contact your IT support team for assistance with volume licences or upgrades to Windows 10 Education.


To download the software, please contact your IT support team or email swlic@mcmaster.ca for more information.


  1. Office Professional Plus
  2. Office for Mac
  3. Windows 10 Education

Accessibility in Office 365

Office 365 works with screen readers, speech recognition tools, and keyboard shortcuts. When using the Office 365 portal or any of the Office Online applications, you can also use the accessibility features built in to your web browser. Visit the Accessibility in Office 365 page on the Microsoft Support website for additional information regarding accessibility features in Office 365.


Additional Software for Staff and Faculty

The agreement also allows access to additional Microsoft software at no additional charge or at greatly reduced prices.


  1. Imagine Standard - Available to all staff and faculty
  2. Imagine Premium - STEM Staff & Faculty Only. Click Here for more information. (link to FAQ). Contact your faculty to determine if a subscription has been setup. For qualifying faculties under the STEM guidelines, contact swlic@mcmaster.ca
  3. Project Pro 2016 - Coming Soon
  4. Visio Pro 2016 - Coming Soon

Further Information

  1. Staff and Faculty Frequently Asked Questions
  2. IT Support for Volume Licences (KMS and MAK Activations)
  3. Application Support