Teachers and learners in maintained schools in Wales are able to download and install the latest Microsoft Office tools including Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as Minecraft: Education Edition at no cost on up to 15 devices - through Hwb. 

  • You can install these Microsoft Office applications free on your personal devices (on up to 5 laptop or desktop computers, 5 tablets and 5 smartphones).

    Office for Windows:

    Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, OneNote, Outlook and Skype for Business

    Office for Mac:

    Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook

    Office apps for iPhone, iPad, Android devices or Windows Phone 10:

    Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Planner, Sway, Teams, To-Do and much more.

    • Word helps you put your best words forward – anytime, anywhere and with anyone. A new, modern take on the desktop application built for the creation of polished documents.


    • Excel for insightful spreadsheets – anytime, anywhere and with anyone. A modern take on Excel with new built-in tools help you get more out of your data.


    • PowerPoint for telling better stories – anytime, anywhere and with anyone. A new, modern take on the familiar PowerPoint application to design and share your most impactful presentations.


    • A digital notebook for teachers and learners, organised into sections & pages. OneNote keeps all your notes across all your devices and lets you
      insert text, handwriting, audio, pictures and links.


    • The online version of your email and calendar available from any device. Never run out of inbox space with a 50Gb mailbox.
      Enhanced security controls built in to protect your sensitive data.


    • With Publisher, simple tools make it easy to create visual impact. Use text, photos and links to make professional publications personal. Publish the way that suits your audience best – email, PDF, XPS or high quality prints.

    • Access helps you create, customise and share database apps tailored to your needs.


    • Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination.

      Minecraft: EE

  • You can use these cloud-based Microsoft tools on any browser-enabled device.

    Office 365 is available to all school staff, local authority and regional education consortia Hwb users, governors, supply teachers and learners as part of the Hwb Additional Services.

    • Your personal file store that gives you free online storage and access from anywhere. Store, share and sync files easily between home and
      school. Keeps your work secure and backed up automatically.


    • A secure digital hub for collaboration, classes and meetings. Set up Teams and channels to share files and work together from any device. Online chat available to staff in groups or one-to-one.


    • A digital storytelling application that presents ideas on screen in an interactive and intuitive way. Easily embed images, text and video into an online presentation. A simple tool for learners and teachers to create their own content.


    • A simple, lightweight tool that lets you quickly create online forms, quizzes and surveys. Collect responses in real time and view automatic charts to visualize your data.

      No more paper forms!


    • An online, shared to-do list that allows you to create plans, organise and assign tasks. A simple project management app that integrates with
      Office 365.



You should uninstall any other version of Microsoft Office you have on your device before you begin installation. Make sure you have permission before you begin.

On PCs and Macs

  1. Log into Hwb on your personal device.
  2. Launch Office 365.
  3. Install Office.

On tablets and phones

Simply sign into mobile apps with your Hwb username (e.g. and password.


Staff must have their licence allocated.

Further guidance for schools can be found in the Hwb Support Centre.

On PCs and Macs

  1. Go to
  2. Choose 'Support' and 'Download'.
  3. Once installed, log in with your Hwb username (e.g. and password.

Further guidance can be found in the Hwb Support Centre.

On iPad

Download the App from the App Store, and log in with your Hwb username (e.g. and password.

Further information can be found from Minecraft.