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Offering benefits way beyond programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, Outlook and more, Office 365 is a suite of productivity, storage, multi-media and business applications that allows you to collaborate and share your work across campus, teams and classes. Implementation of multi-factor authentication (MFA) with Office 365 applications - including email - when off-campus will begin in early 2020. 

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DuoMFA and Office 365

The university will use Duo to provide additional authentication to prove you are who you say you are before accessing the Office 365 suite of applications from off-campus or your mobile device. OIT recommends using the Microsoft Office 365 desktop or mobile device applications for access to all these programs. After MFA is implemented with Office 365, if you are accessing these applications off-campus, you will be prompted to authenticate through Duo. 

What you can do now to prepare

First: Install the Duo app on your preferred device (we highly recommend doing this on your smartphone).

Second: Be sure you register for Duo from your laptop or desktop computer. (Printable Duo registration and installation instructions available here.)

Once you install the Duo app, register for Duo and select your authentication method and device; then you're all set! (Please note: If you already installed and registered for Duo as a VPN or VDI user, you don’t have to register again.) 

How the Duo MFA challenge when using Office 365 applications will work:

MFA O365 Duo Matrix

Get Started with Microsoft O365

You can access all of your applications across any platform on any device! Office is available free on up to 5 PCs or Macs (and other mobile devices) to current CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus faculty, staff and students. Learn how-to:

  • Install Office 365 Pro Plus - Windows
  • Install Office 365 Pro Plus - Mac
  • Install Office 365 Pro Plus - Mobile
  • IT Professionals:

    Linux Users:

    • Please install the most recent browser for Linux. Once multi-factor authentication is implemented with O365 products, you will need to keep your browser open to not have to authenticate at the beginning of every session. 

    Microsoft software available to university constituents

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    Microsoft 365 Cloud Applications

    • Office
      • Word
      • Excel
      • PowerPoint
      • OneNote
    • OneDrive (online file storage)
    • SharePoint (web content creation, document management and collaboration)
    • Teams (messaging, tasks, online meetings and collaboration app)
    • Sway (interactive web-based canvas for presentations)
    • Forms (for surveys, quizzes and more)
    • Yammer Academic (private social network)
    • Stream (uploading and sharing videos)
    • Flow (creating workflows between apps)
    • PowerApps (creating instant apps with no code)





















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    Microsoft Office Pro Plus

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    5 licenses per person

    • Outlook
    • OneDrive
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • OneNote
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    Quick access to Office 365 applications

    You can access O365 applications by logging in at: Sign-in using your university email address and password.

    1.) If you have access to Microsoft Office ProPlus, you can download your software by clicking on the menu icon in the upper left once you’ve logged in to O365. 

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    2.) To get to downloads, click on the 'Office 365' link.

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      3.) Click on ‘Install Office' in the upper right corner.

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      Office 365 Frequently Asked Questions