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Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac Activation Woes #

Recently there have been activation errors with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2016 for Mac and Microsoft Office Home & Business 2016 for Mac product keys:

  1. Buy product key
  2. Associate product key with a Microsoft account
  3. Download Office 2016 installer from Microsoft
  4. Install Office 2016
  5. When prompted, enter Microsoft account credentials used in step 2 above
  6. Attempt to activate Office 2016
  7. Activation fails
  8. Telephone activation also fails


  1. Download and install all Office 2016 updates
  2. Reboot Mac
  3. Launch an Office 2016 app like Word
  4. Activation errors resolved

UPDATE: Sadly, the activation notification returned 24 hours later, counting down from 14 days. So far, have had to get a tier 2 tech at Microsoft resolve on their end in the dozen or so cases I've seen, but What to try if you can't install or activate Office 2016 for Mac offers troubleshooting tips for the following activation issues:

/mac | Aug 12, 2018

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