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Office 365 ProPlus Software for Students –
Microsoft Student Advantage



In 2014, Nelson Mandela University enrolled in the Student Advantage benefit offered by Microsoft. As a result, registered students are now licensed to use the Office 365 ProPlus software on up to 5 devices during the course of their study. These licenses have been tied to your University Office 365 login account,  e.g. and password (the same password used to access the University computers and Office 365 email).

This includes:

  • Office 365 ProPlus for PC (Office 2013 ProPlus base applications)
  • Office 365 ProPlus for Mac (Office 2011 for Mac base applications)
  • Office Mobile for iPhone
  • Office Mobile for Android


PC Requirements

To install Office 365 ProPlus for PC you system needs to have the following minimum requirements:

  • 1Ghz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Windows 7 Operating System or later
  • 3GB of hard disk available


How to install on your PC

When on campus, students can the download the zip file: Windows version. Extract the .exe file, browse to the file, right click and select “Run as administrator” to launch the PC installation. This has been configured to install the software directly from the University servers which will reduce the installation time.

Should you need to install the software when off campus, i.e. at home, or when connected to the internet remotely, please use this guide. This method installs the software directly from your Office 365 account.

Mac version


Important to Note

The Office 365 ProPlus software uses a technology called “Click-to-Run” to install. This means that you can use the software minutes after the installation process has started. It is important that you stay connected to the University network/internet until you are notified that the install has completed.

Even though students don’t need to be connected to the Internet all the time to use Office 365 ProPlus, students must connect to the Internet at least once every 30 days. This is so that the status of their Office 365 subscriptions can be checked.

If users don’t connect within 30 days, Office 365 ProPlus goes into reduced functionality mode. After users connect to the Internet and their subscription status is verified, all the features of Office 365 ProPlus are available again.