What is Office 365?

Office 365 (O365) is Microsoft's cloud version of Microsoft Office 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 Office suite on multiple devices, including PCs, Macs, Android tablets, Android phones, iPad, and iPhone.

How do I get O365?

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

In your personal email, look for the "Welcome to Office 365" email detailing the steps to access Office365 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 http://www.esc.edu/service-desk/studentemail.

Step 2:  Once you have set your email forwarding preferences, you can visit http://portal.office365.com to start using the Office 365 online web application (OWA).

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

  • Log into http://portal.office365.com
  • You will use your college user name and password to log into the Office 365 portal.
  • Click on  Install Microsoft Office in the upper right corner of the Microsoft Office Portal home page.


For more information, contact the Service Desk at 888-435-7009, or submit an incident ticket at http://www.esc.edu/service-desk.

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