Getting Started with Microsoft Desktop Software for Departments


License Use

It is no longer necessary to make a departmental purchase for a Microsoft Campus Agreement. All full-time and part-time Faculty, Staff and Students with a Pitt Primary account will automatically receive access to Microsoft Office and Windows products.

Sponsored Accounts and Resource Accounts

All sponsored accounts have access to Microsoft Office online products.  If a desktop version of Office is required to complete university work, contact the Technology Help Desk. You will be required to provide a justification as to why a license will be needed. 



Departmental Software Product List

Product (All titles below are included) Operating Systems Home Use Rights Annual Renewal Date Available through Software Download Service for Faculty
Office 365 ProPlus for Windows (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher, and Forms) Windows Yes October 1 No
Office 365 ProPlus for Macintosh (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Communicator, and Outlook) Macintosh Yes October 1 No
Windows 10 Education (32-bit or 64-bit) November Release Windows No October 1 No
Visual Studio Professional (available here) Windows No October 1 No

Note: A volume licensed version of Office is available. For more information, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357). Older software versions may be available upon request.

Additional Microsoft Desktop Software For Departments

The following packages are available for purchase by University departments.


Learn how to purchase a license for this software.

License Use

Departments must understand the Product Use Rights, Microsoft's restrictions on how the software can be used.

Additional Information

Some software titles are available at no cost through the Software Download Service at My Pitt; see product list. Faculty should be aware that students cannot acquire this software through Pitt IT; however, some titles are available for use in campus computing labs. Visit the Microsoft Web Site for complete product information.

Subscription Option for Microsoft Online Project Pro and Visio Pro

Microsoft Online Project Pro for Office 365 delivers the latest version of Project Professional as a subscription through Office 365. Your software is automatically kept up to date with options for customizable policies. Users on the go can work from the computer of their choice by streaming the complete desktop client with Project on Demand. Keep deployments simple, benefit from flexible options, and enjoy integration with other Office 365 products like Teams and SharePoint.

Microsoft Visio Pro for Office 365, available as a subscription through Microsoft 365, includes the same features, stencils, and shapes as Visio Professional 2013. In addition, it allows each user to install Visio on up to five PCs running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Visio On Demand lets users temporarily install Visio on any PC running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. It automatically installs the latest updates (both feature and security) for the duration of the subscription.

Product Operating Systems Departmental Purchase (Includes Home Use Rights) Annual Maintenance Renewal Date Available through Software Download Service for Faculty
Project Premium for Office 365 Windows $101* June 1 No
Project Online Pro for Office 365 Windows $56* June 1 No
Visio Pro for Office 365 Windows $22* June 1 No

* Note:

  • These are subscription based applications.
  • These are annual licenses; they expire 8/31.
  • Prices are pro-rated monthly relative to the University's Microsoft contract anniversary date of 8/31.
  • Requires a University of Pittsburgh username.
  • Please allow five business days for processing.
  • Volume licensed versions of Office are available. For more information, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357).
  • Project and Visio Pro for Office 365 will not work with Office 2016, or volume licensed versions of Project or Visio Pro.

Azure Dev Tools for Teaching: Microsoft Programming and Technology Tools

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching are available at no cost to University students, faculty, and staff from the Microsoft Azure site. This includes programming and technology tools for developers such as Project, Visio, and Visual Studio Enterprise.


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