About Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows

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Standard system requirements

Computer and processor
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster x86- or x64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set
Memory (RAM)
1 GB RAM (32 bit); 2 GB RAM (64 bit)
Hard Disk 3 GB available
Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX10 graphics card and 1024 x 576 resolution
Operating system
Windows 8.x or 7; Server 2012 or 2008 R2
Internet Explorer 8 or later; Firefox 10.x or later; Safari 5; Chrome 17.x

On January 12, 2016, Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer versions prior to version 11. UITS strongly recommends that you upgrade to a new operating system if your current system does not support Internet Explorer 11.

.NET version 3.5, 4.0, or 4.5
A touch-enabled device is required for any multi-touch functionality, but all features and functionality are available by using a keyboard, mouse, or other standard or accessible input device. New touch features are optimized for use with Windows 8.x.
Additional requirements and considerations
Some functionality may vary, based on system configuration. Some features may require additional or advanced hardware or server connectivity.

Office 2016 at IU

Office 2016 is available to students, faculty, and staff through the Office 365 service.

Choosing the 32-bit or 64-bit version

To run the 64-bit version, you need 64-bit-capable hardware and a 64-bit version of Windows 8.x or 7.

Microsoft recommends running the 32-bit version of Office 2016; see 64-bit editions of Office 2016. Unless you need some of the noted benefits of using the 64-bit version, UITS also recommends that you install the 32-bit version.

If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements or the Microsoft recommendations above, or are concerned about compatibility issues with other programs or plug-ins, UITS highly recommends you install the 32-bit version.

If you wish to install the 64-bit version, you must uninstall all previous versions of Office and related tools. You will need to reinstall the 64-bit versions of these tools, if possible. Some Office 2010 products can be reinstalled after Office 2016 64-bit installation is complete.

Known issues

For a continually updated list of Office 2016 issues, see Known issues with Office 365 and Office 2016 at IU.

New features

For a list of new features available in Office 2016, as well as the Office 2016 Quick Start Guide and the Office Training Center, see What's New and Improved in Office 2016.

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