You may have chosen to install Office 2016 on your computer, which would allow you to use the programs whether or not you are connected to the internet.
This would give you an experience similar to that of working on a campus computer with Office installed. With the applications, such as Word and Excel downloaded to your computer, double-clicking on a document would launch the program and allow for reading/editing.
Microsoft has changed their licensing model for higher education, so on July 16, 2018, retirees will use Office 365 Online. Your document handling will change. You will no longer have the option to download Office 2016. The only apps available for download are Skype and Skype for Business.
Office 365 Online allows users to open, edit and save Office documents through an interface that is very similar to previous, locally installed versions of Office. Rather than the Office software being installed directly on a computer, Office Online is accessible to any computer with Internet access. To edit documents that are stored on your computer or on a flash drive, click the "Upload and Open..." button on the initial Office 365 Online screen and navigate to the file's location to open.
Documents will automatically save to OneDrive. OneDrive is an online document repository that can store all of your Office documents. As a retiree, you will have access to 1 terabyte of OneDrive storage.
The license transition will occur on July 16. It may take as long as 30 days after July 16 for locally installed versions of Office to register the license change. To see how Microsoft Office applications will look, please see the transition behavior document. Once the license is fully expired, locally installed versions of Office (the copy of Office that was downloaded to your computer) will open existing Office documents but cannot be used to edit or create new Office documents. See the Office 365 Online page for additional usage instructions.
Updated August 2, 2018