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Microsoft Office 2013 Upgrade Process

Dear members of the WPI Community,

To provide ample time for the community to migrate to the new version of Office, WPI Information Technology will deploy Office 2013 in three phases: 

Phase 1 Self-Paced installation

During this phase, IT offers a self-paced installation option of Office 2013. Faculty, Staff and Students may choose to upgrade to Office 2013 at any time.  Instructions for installing Office 2013 are available on the Helpdesk website.

Phase 2 New Systems will be deployed with Office 2013

At the conclusion of D term (May 7, 2013) we will begin including Office 2013 on all new computers for Employees.  We will also begin deploying Office 2013 to the public computer labs as we update lab images.

Phase 3 Campus rollout

During this phase, IT will deploy Office 2013 to all managed computers on campus.  We plan to execute Phase 3 during the Summer of 2014.

Departments who wish to coordinate upgrading all of their systems prior to the Phase 3 rollout should contact the Helpdesk to schedule a remote deployment of the software. 




March 17, 2013

Phase 1

Office 2013 Software made available

How to Install Office 2013

May 7, 2013

Phase 2

Office 2013 arrives installed on all new computers

Office 2007 is no longer available for installation

Summer 2014

Phase 3

Office 2013 deployed to existing Faculty, Staff and Lab/Classroom Systems


 Important notes for this upgrade strategy:

         There are no file format compatibility changes between Office 2010 and Office 2013.

         Computer labs will have Office 2010 installed until Phase 2, when they will be upgraded to Office 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get a copy of Office 2013 for my personal computer?

A: You may order personal media from the Campus License Agreement (CLA) web site . 


Q: Is there a new version for the Macintosh?

A: Microsoft has not yet announced a new version of Office for Mac.  The latest available version is Office 2011 for Macintosh.  Once Microsoft announces a new version of Office for the Mac, IT will review the software for compatibility with our services and then we will notify the campus with a deployment schedule.

WPI Information Technology is committed to moving forward with advances in technology while minimizing the impact to the WPI Community. We believe this upgrade strategy will provide a smooth transition to Office 2013 for the WPI community.

Any questions or concerns can be addressed to the Helpdesk: | (508) 831-5888.