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FAQs on Microsoft Office

General Questions:

What are the new features of Office 2016?
The 2016 version of Microsoft's productivity suite includes features for easier collaboration and sharing. Excel gets a boost in power, Outlook streamlines everyday tasks, and most applications help you find the command you need. The Office suite is now more than just a set of tools for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, publishing, and email messaging. Productivity has been brought to a higher level with sharing, co-authoring, mobility and more.

How does Office 2016 affect Mac Users?
Microsoft Office 2016 is currently deployed to workstations running Mac OS X. Office for Mac 2016 is the latest version available.

Can I install Office 2016 for use on my home PC?
Faculty and Staff are eligible to download a licensed copy of Microsoft 2016 by visiting the eMall within the CUNY Portal. The Home or Personal section describes how to go about attaining your copy of Office 2016 for home or personal use. Please click here to get more details.

Can users with an earlier version of Office open documents I created with Office Professional 2016?
Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 365, Office 2013 or Office 2016 users can open documents created without any additional action. Users using earlier versions of Office may need to download and install a compatibility pack.

How do I obtain assistance and support?
Employees are encouraged to view the guides and video tutorials we have linked on our web page. Visit our Quick Guides sections for tutorials and training.


Questions on Baruch's Upgrade to Office 2016:

Why is the College moving to Office 2016?
Baruch College is moving to Office 2016 to maintain the latest technology in both Academic and Administrative areas. Microsoft will be limiting their technical support for the Office 2016 Application in the years to come. Full details are listed on our Office Upgrade page.

What is included in the upgrade?
The Office Productivity Suite for Baruch College will include; Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher. Access will be provided on an as needed basis. Visio, SharePoint Work Space, Info Path Filler, Info Path Designer will be installed on an as needed bases for instructional use. Some advance features documented on Microsoft’s site may not be available at the College as functions may require backend in systems that could not be installed. For information on specific features or functions please contact the BCTC Help Desk.

How will this update affect me?
There are various ways to update Office 2016. New machines being deployed will have Office 2016 already installed. Current machines will be upgraded over the next several months.

Installation Questions:

Do I have to update to the new platform?
All Baruch employees workstations will be upgraded to the new Office 2016 Platform as Microsoft and the College will be limiting support for the Office 2013 Applications.

Will I lose any data?
Employees will not lose any data while updating to the new Office 2016 platform or Email System.

Software Eligibility:

How can I update my Baruch-owned laptop?
Updates to laptops will depend on the age and the hardware installed within the equipment. System requirements must be met before MS Office 2016 can be installed. For College-issued equipment please contact the BCTC Help Desk for assistance and support. Updates for Faculty laptops will be coordinated through your school's technical coordinator.

Where do I go if I have a technical issue with MS Office 2016?
Please call or email the Help Desk at 646-312-1010 or or visit us