Office 2016

Microsoft Office is a suite of office productivity applications available to University staff for use on University-owned or personal devices and as online apps. Click on the headings below to find out more about Office products available to staff and students at Notre Dame.

  • Office 2016

  • Office at home

  • O365: Apps

  • Teams

  • OneDrive

  • Project and Visio


Find out more about Office 2016's new features and how to use them on all your favourite Microsoft applications from our collection of training videos and guides.

For training and how-to guides for teaching and research within Office 2016 and Office:365 applications, check out LTO - Online Learning.


  • Why do we use Office 2016?

    Office 2016 is a mature product that offers better security, enhanced productivity features and performance. Office 2016 provides better office performance, new features and functions that are tested and approved to work with the current line of business applications used by our University.

  • What are the minimum requirements for Office?

      Computer and processor

      • Windows OS: 1.6 GHz or faster, 2-core. 2 GHz or higher recommended for Skype for Business
      • macOS: Intel processor


      • Windows OS: 4 GB RAM; 2 GB RAM (32-bit)
      • macOS: 4 GB RAM

      Hard disk

      • Windows OS: 4 GB of available disk space
      • macOS: 10 GB of available disk space
      • Updates may require additional storage over time.

      Operating system

      • Windows OS: Windows 10 and 8.1
      • macOS: One of the three most recent versions of macOS. When a new version of macOS is released, the macOS requirement becomes one of the then-current three most recent versions: the new version of macOS and the previous two versions


      • The current version of Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Chrome. Most Office 365 apps also work with the latest version of Firefox; however, Firefox does not support all Microsoft Teams meeting features.

      .NET version

      • Windows OS: Some features may require .NET 3.5 or 4.6 and higher also to be installed. Microsoft Teams requires 4.6 or higher.
  • What is the difference between Office 2016 and Office 365?

    Office 2016 is installed on all University-owned computers. It is available for both staff and student use in lecture venues, libraries, staff offices and computer labs.

    Office 365 is accessible to staff and students using their University account through the Office online portal. Office can be installed onto a staff or student personal computer as a local install or accessible as an online version through the Office portal.

    Office 365 allows access to over 30 online apps to assist with teaching, business, learning and research needs of students and staff.

    Office 2016 is the local installation of Office products where as Office 365 is the online access to the Office suite and supporting applications.

  • How can I use Office for teaching?

    Find training guides and videos on the uses of Microsoft applications for teaching and research under LTO.

  • What happens if I leave the University

    Notre Dame staff have access to staff email and the Microsoft Office 365 suite for the duration of employment. Access is removed effective from the termination date.

    It is not possible to have interim access or access beyond the term of employment.

  • I would like to store all my documents on OneDrive?

    OneDrive is useful for saving initial document drafts, and files online when access to University shared drives (M:\, N:\ or H:\) is unavailable.

  • Can I use Teams instead of Zoom?

    Both Teams and Zoom are available to staff for teaching and research purposes to collaborate with other staff. Staff are able to use either as a preferred method for communication.

    It is recommended to use Teams for small collaboration and video meetings and use Zoom for meetings with a large number of attendees.

Need help?

If you have any questions about Microsoft Office for home or professional use, please contact your IT Service Desk.


08 9433 0999
8am – 5pm AWST


02 8204 4444
8am – 5pm AEST


08 9192 0632
8am – 4:30pm AWST
Send a request to IT@ND for technical, audio visual and project support at