Microsoft Office downloads now available via Outlook Web App (Update)

Download Office for free via Outlook Web App

UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students can now download and install Microsoft Office through Outlook Web App. These can be installed for free on up to five devices, either UW- or personally-owned.


  • Office 2013 is available for download, which includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Access, OneDrive for Business, InfoPath and Skype for Business. While Skype for Business is included in the Office 2013 suite, it is not currently enabled for UW-Madison Office 365.


  • For OS 10.10 and later, Office 2016 is available for download. This version of Office includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
  • For earlier versions of OS X, Office 2011 is available for download from OWA, but it is not currently compatible with UW-Madison’s authentication. In addition to Outlook 2011, an updated standalone version of Outlook – released in late 2014 and called simply “Outlook for Mac” – is also available for download through Outlook Web App for individuals with earlier versions of OS X. This version of Outlook will work with UW-Madison Office 365.

More information about downloading and installing Microsoft Office via Outlook Web App is available here. Please contact the DoIT Help Desk with any questions.

New feature for Office 365 users who forward: daily summary of spam messages

When an Office 365 user forwards their email to a different account (e.g., Gmail,, etc.), spam messages are not forwarded. This could result in the individual missing messages that were incorrectly labelled as spam. Beginning July 28, individuals who forward their mail will receive a daily email summarizing the junk messages they received the previous day.

The spam notification message will allow the individual to identify messages that were incorrectly marked as spam and return them to the inbox of the account they are forwarding to. They will also have the option to send information about the incorrectly classified email to Microsoft for analysis.

This feature is only for individuals who forward, since those who do not forward will see their spam messages delivered to their “Junk Email” folder.

For a more detailed summary of this feature, please review the following document: Office 365 – Managing quarantined emails when you forward your mail

August training sessions

A variety of free in-person training options are available during the month of August:

Topic Date Time Location Course Type Registration
Office 365 and Outlook Email 8/11 1:00 – 2:30 PM 3218 Social Sciences Hands-on Register here
Office 365 and Outlook Calendaring 8/11 2:00 – 3:30 PM 3218 Social Sciences Hands-on Register here
Office 365 for Administrators 8/17 9:30-11:30 AM 3218 Social Sciences Hands-on Register here
Outlook Web App 8/18 1:00 – 2:30 PM Memorial Library, Room 126 Demo Register here
Outlook 2013 for Windows 8/18 2:30 – 4:00 PM Memorial Library, Room 126 Demo Register here

Although registration is not required, it is strongly encouraged, as sessions without a sufficient number of registered participants may be canceled.

If you prefer online or self-paced training, please review this document for additional options.