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Microsoft Office 2021 Now Available for University Windows Computers

CaTS has completed testing on the latest version of Microsoft Office, which offers features and necessary updates to performance and security. This new release is critical to ensure ongoing support for the University’s Windows computers.
What actions do I need to take on my University-Owned Windows computer? 

On January 30, the Microsoft Office 2021 self-service installation became available In Software Center.  CaTS recommends installing the latest version of Office at your earliest convenience.

For assistance using Software Center, please visit

What if this is not completed?

Office 2019 (or any version prior) will not be supported by Microsoft or CaTS later this year.  To ensure data security and consistent user experiences, if a computer has not been upgraded through Self-Service by the Fall Semester, automatic installations will begin without further notification.

What about CaTS-Supported Classrooms and Computer Labs?

CaTS Classroom Technology Support will be deploying Office 2021 this summer, and all spaces will be updated by the beginning of the Fall 2023 Semester.

What about University-Owned Mac (Apple) computers?

Office for Mac utilizes a different versioning method, with the change from Office 2019 to 2021 appearing seamless and within regular automatic updates.  No action is required on these devices.


If you have questions or concerns regarding this update, please contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827, or email