All Microsoft Products
Products: Office, Office 365, Office 365 Pro Plus, OneDrive for Business, Windows, Project, Publisher, Visual Basic, Visio and many others.
Current Version: Depends on individual software package.
Platforms: Depends on the specific product. Some software packages, like Office, are available for Mac users and others may only be available for Windows.
Availability: Microsoft products are installed in all ITS-managed labs.
Licensing: Microsoft Office 365, Office 365 Pro Plus, and other Microsoft software — as well as upgrades for Microsoft Windows — are now available free under schoolwide site licenses. No purchase is necessary. Other specialized Microsoft products used by Mines staff for productivity and business purposes on school-owned computers (e.g. Visio, Project) must still be purchased. These products are available for installation on school-owned computers only. This licensing method is not available to machines not owned by Mines. For personally owned computers, academic discounts for Visio, Project and other speciality programs may be available.
All Microsoft products, with the exception of Microsoft Office, that are used by faculty and students to enhance the educational experience may be acquired for free through the Microsoft Imagine Premium program. This program is only availalbe to faculty and to students currently enrolled in classes.
Obtaining: Visit our Office 365 overview page for details on creating your Office 365 account and downloading Office 365 Pro Plus to your personally owned computer. Visit our Azure Dev Tools knowledge base article for details on downloading Microsoft operating systems and other software other than Office. For speciality programs like Visio or Project, you must first purchase a license from Insight (our Program Administrator, details below), then submit a support request to the Mines Help Center and ITS will install the software. Licenses must be purchased directly from Insight and be installed by ITS. Use the State of Colorado Academic price sheet for part numbers and pricing. The most commonly purchased items are highlighted. For school computers you can purchase a license online from the Insight software website. From the home screen go to “Company Standards” and then to “Microsoft.”
If you have questions about purchasing speciality software you can contact Insight directly:
Colorado Software Team | Sales and Customer Service | Insight Public Sector|
Phone 800-269-2523 Fax 866-433-0064
Note: Microsoft products obtained through the State of Colorado program are only available for school owned computers and only under the terms of the State of Colorado Academic Contract.
Note: Any information stored on your Office 365 OneDrive for Business should be for school use only. If you wish to create your own personal Office 365 account, register for it directly at https://signup.live.com using a non-Mines email address (that way, your Mines and personal Office 365 accounts will not become confused).
Frequency of Updates: Microsoft updates their software routinely as security issues are discovered. Make sure to set your Windows Operating System to automatically obtain Microsoft Updates. If you need help with that, please submit a Mines Help Center support request for assistance.
Documentation: Available on Microsoft’s website.
In case of difficulties running the software in a Mines ITS managed lab: Contact ITS via the Mines Help Center. We want the program to be properly installed, licensed and functioning. If you have questions about the use of the program, please contact your instructor, TA or lab manager.