What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 (M365) is Microsoft's cloud version of Microsoft 365 that includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, OneDrive and Skype for Business.  This means that if you have access to the Internet you can access the online version of these applications.  Although robust, online applications do have some limited functionality.  Students are also able to download the full Microsoft 365 suite on multiple devices, including PCs, Macs, Android tablets, Android phones, iPad, and iPhone.

How do I get M365?

Your Microsoft license becomes active on the first day of your first semester at Empire State College.

In your personal email, look for the "Welcome to Microsoft 365" email detailing the steps to access Microsoft 365 and your college email.

Getting Started - College Email

Currently, your college email is forwarded to the personal email address we have on record for you. For information and to enable your student email address, go to Student Email.

Step 2:  Once you have set your email forwarding preferences, you can visit Microsoft 365 online to start using the Microsoft 365 online web application (OWA).

You also have the option to download the Microsoft 365 suite to your computer, laptop, or mobile device:

  • Log into Microsoft 365 online
  • You will use your college user name and password to log into the Microsoft 365 portal.
  • Click on "Install Office" in the upper right corner of the Microsoft 365 Portal home page.

For more information, contact the IT Service Desk at 888-435-7009 or submit an incident ticket.