Each UAB faculty and staff member can now sign up for a Microsoft OneDrive account, which provides 1TB of cloud storage and allow file sharing. Individual file size limits are 2GB. Microsoft plans to add unlimited storage and increase file size limits to 10GB in early 2016.
Faculty and staff can also use the Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint in the cloud, as well as download those programs to their computers. The Office products are primarily made available for installation on the user’s personal/home system, and faculty/staff should consult with their department or school's IT support before installing any Office 365 products on their UAB system. Office products for installation on UAB systems should be downloaded from UAB IT’s software library.
Photos, videos, spreadsheets and other work documents can be stored in OneDrive accounts, and users can also create, edit and share Microsoft documents within their accounts. Users can access files on any device, including PCs, Macs, tablets and mobile phones.
UAB does not permit storage of sensitive data in the cloud. For guidance, refer to:
Office 2016 is available from the UAB IT software site.
Office 2016 has new versions of applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. The Office 2016 apps are designed for collaboration, with new features that remove barriers for team success and allow co-authoring and Skype in-app integration.
Quick Start Guides for Office 2016 are available here.
Office 2016 is also available for Mac users and is available for UAB students through Office 365.
Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is licensed for faculty and staff to install on UAB-owned machines at no cost.
The software can be downloaded from the IT Software Library.
Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac comes with new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and adds OneNote.
UAB IT highly recommends users look at the Office 2016 for Mac Quick Start Guides.
- Please make sure your Mac has all of its operating system updates installed.
- Check to make sure the needed hard drive space is available (2.5GB for download and 5.6 after install) of approximately 8.2GB.
- Close all Office applications before beginning the installation.
- Download the linked .ISO file.
- Open the ISO and launch the package.
- Follow the prompts in the Office installer package, taking the defaults.
- Run Microsoft Office updates.
Current Office 2016 Preview users do not have to uninstall the preview version before installing the release version.
Office 2013 is now available only for download by TIMGroup members only.
Compatibility testing of Microsoft 2013 is underway.
Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013
Office Professional Plus 2013 includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher and Lync and will be the version available to UAB under our Microsoft Campus Agreement when released to Campus.
UAB IT is testing Microsoft Office 2013 to determine its compatibility with applications and systems deployed in the UAB environment. Current testing includes Office 2013’s compatibility with the following:
- Adobe Acrobat
- Turning Point
In addition to UAB IT’s testing, we request that your department conduct its own testing of Office 2013 with applications and systems that are unique to your environment. This week we will release Office 2013 to TIMGroup for testing purposes. Please report your application compatibility results to Sterling Griffin (Sterling@uab.edu) once your testing is complete. Also include a list of any applications you use that interact with Office.
Until the testing and evaluation of Office 2013 is complete, UAB IT is not recommending it for mass deployment.
Deployment: (with SkyDrive disabled when using Office 2013)
UAB IT will post on the download site 2 versions of the ISO.
- As delivered from Microsoft.
- With the registry key to disable SkyDrive in a transform file
Office 2013 uses Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud-based file-hosting service. We recommend disabling SkyDrive at this time. This can be accomplished in two ways: Using the Registry Editor and using the Group Policy Editor.
- Disabling SkyDrive by using the Registry Editor
- Launch the Registry Editor by opening the Run dialog box and entering regedit.
- When the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\SignIn.
- If the SignIn key doesn’t exist, create it by right-clicking on Common à New à Key à SignIn.
- In the right pane of the SignIn key, create a new DWORD value named SignInOptions.
- Double-click on SignInOptions and change its value to 3. To restore SkyDrive functionality, simply set the SignInOptions value to 0.
- Disabling SkyDrive by using the Group Policy Editor
- To use this method, you need to install the Office 2013 Administrative Templates. If you don’t have these templates, download them from the Microsoft Downloads Web site and install them.
- Once the Administrative Templates are installed, open the Run dialog box and enter gpedit.msc to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
- Now that you’re in the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate down the tree to User Configuration à Administrative Templates à Microsoft Office 2013 à Miscellaneous.
- Find the “Block signing into Office” option in the list of settings and double-click it.
- In the Properties window, click “Enable” and select the option “None Allowed.”
In the case of MS Office and a few other MS products under the UAB Campus Agreement, yes, but with some limitations and not using the same media/download as you used for your UAB owned system. See the related links below for more information. Keep in mind not all software allows home use rights and each license should be verified before loading any software.