There are many versions of Microsoft Office available, but not all versions are compatible with the modules in the AES system.

In this article, you’ll learn which modules require access to Microsoft Office, how to determine what version of Office your students have, and whether the AES curriculum is compatible with that version.

Which AES Modules Require Student Access to Microsoft Office?

Currently, 24 learning modules require student access to Microsoft Office:

1. Accounting

2. Career Development

3. Getting Started with Microsoft Office

4. International Business

5. Job Seeking Skills

6. Marketing

7. Marketing Project

8. Microsoft Access Fundamentals

9. Microsoft Excel Business Project

10. Microsoft Excel Essentials

11. Microsoft Excel Fundamentals

12. Microsoft Excel Skills Project

13. Microsoft Integration Skills Project

14. Microsoft Office Fundamentals

15. Microsoft PowerPoint Business Project

16. Microsoft PowerPoint Essentials

17. Microsoft PowerPoint Fundamentals

18. Microsoft PowerPoint Skills Project

19. Microsoft Publisher Fundamentals

20. Microsoft Word Business Project

21. Microsoft Word Essentials

22. Microsoft Word Fundamentals

23. Microsoft Word Skills Project

24. Written Communication

If you plan to use any of these modules from the curriculum library, continue reading to discover if your students’ version of Office will be compatible with the assignments.

Note: Any module not listed above does not require Microsoft Office and is fully compatible according to our standard technical requirements.


How to Determine the Version of Microsoft Office On Your Device

Follow these steps on your students’ device to locate the version of Office they have access to:

  1. Start a Microsoft Office application (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  2. Click the File tab in the Ribbon
  3. Then click Account
  4. On the right side, you’ll see the version of Office

Once you identify the version of Office installed on the device, it’s time to discover whether it’s compatible with the AES modules you plan to assign.


What Versions of Office are Compatible with AES?

Use this chart to quickly identify which versions are compatible with the Business&ITCenter21 curriculum, and continue reading below for more information on compatibility:

Compatibility for Business&ITCenter21 Modules that Require Microsoft Office*

*Modules listed N/A are not available for the associated version of Office within the AES computer applications curriculum.


Compatibility for Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 is a non-subscription version of the installed Office software. Microsoft released the software in 2013 and has not made any non-maintenance updates to it since.

If your students have Microsoft Office 2013 installed on their computers, it will be compatible with the Microsoft Office 2013 modules within Business&ITCenter21.

Note: The modules available for Microsoft Office 2013 are in “maintenance mode.” That means the only changes will be to correct errors, and AES will not add new content to the Microsoft Office 2013 modules.


Compatibility for Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 is a non-subscription version of the installed Office software. Microsoft released the software in 2016 and has not made any non-maintenance updates to it since.

This version of Office will be compatible with the Microsoft Office 2016 modules within Business&ITCenter21.


Compatibility for Microsoft Office 2019

Microsoft Office 2019 is a non-subscription version of the installed Office software released in 2019.

If your students have Office 2019 installed, it will be compatible with the Microsoft Office 2019 modules.


Compatibility for Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription version for the installed software. Microsoft releases regular updates to this version, which means it can change at any time. This subscription is available for both the mobile app and desktop app versions.

If your students have the desktop version of Office 365, it will be compatible with the Microsoft Office 365 modules.

However, the mobile app versions of Microsoft Office 365 for iPads, iPhones, and Chromebooks are not compatible with the AES Microsoft Office curriculum. See the section on Compatibility for Office Online to learn more.

Related Article: Does AES Work on Chromebooks?


Compatibility for Office Online

Office Online is the online web browser version of the Microsoft applications.

If your students have Office Online, they won’t be able to complete the AES computer applications modules for teaching Microsoft Office.

The only modules requiring Microsoft Office compatible with Office Online are:

  • Accounting
  • International Business
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Marketing Project

If you need to teach Microsoft Office and your students only have Office Online, Business&ITCenter21 is not a good fit for your computer classes.


Compatibility for Microsoft Office Mobile Applications

The mobile application is the Office version for smartphones and tablets.

If your students only have tablets, Business&ITCenter21 is not a good fit for your classes because students can’t complete assignments requiring Microsoft Office on that type of device.


Compatibility for Office for Macs

Microsoft has Mac versions available for 2016, 2019, and 365. These Mac versions are very similar to the Windows versions; however, there are a few differences.

As a result, some students may struggle to make the connection between the PC-based instructions within AES lessons and what they see in their Mac version of Office.

Because of this, we do not recommend using the Business&ITCenter21 computer applications modules on Apple laptops or desktops.


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