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Topic Last Modified: 2013-02-15

Your organization uses Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises to communicate and collaborate. Office 365 includes email, document sharing, View the status of your servicesMicrosoft Office Web Apps and more. There are important setup tasks that you need to do to use all of the features of Office 365. This guide leads you through those steps. Do you want to know what Office 365 can do for you? Take a video tour: Office 365: a tour for users

To start, sign in to Office 365 by using the user ID and temporary password that your administrator gave you. After you sign in, you can access the features below.

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Explore Office 365 on the web

You can use the Outlook Web App for email, calendar, contacts, and more. You can use a team site, including Office Web Apps, to share documents.


Read your email

Set up your email in Outlook Web App.

Share a file with co-workers

Upload a file to your team site, or read or change a file that someone else has uploaded.

Create or change a file

Try out the Office Web Apps. You can start Office Web Apps on the Office 365 Home page.

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Connect desktop applications to Office 365

If you have Office 2010 or Office 2007 on your computer, you can use it with Office 365. If you use a Mac, and you have Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 or a later version, or Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 Update or a later version, you can use it with Office 365 also.

If your company has bought Office Professional Plus with Office 365, you can download this latest version of Office from the Office 365 Downloads page. Otherwise, if you already have Office 2010 or Office 2007 on your computer, you can set it up to work with Office 365. Versions of Office that are earlier than Office 2007 cannot connect to Office 365.

You can also install Lync (or Lync for Mac 2011 if you use a Mac) and use it for instant messaging, online meetings, sharing your desktop, and other tasks.


Install Office Professional Plus on your computer

Install the latest version of Office on your computer, and then set it up to connect to Office 365.

Set up the version of Office that you already have to work with Office 365

You can set up Office 2010 and Office 2007 to connect to Office 365. An online tool that you can run from the Downloads page does most of the work for you.

Install Lync and use it to send a message or start a meeting

After you sign in to Office 365, you can install Lync from the Downloads page.

For Mac users: Set up Office for Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac to work with Office 365

If you use a Mac, you can set it up to work with Office 365.

For Mac users: Set up Lync

You need to do a couple of things to make Lync for Mac 2011 work with Office 365. Read this topic to learn what to do.

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Connect to Office 365 on your phone or tablet

You can connect a variety of mobile devices—including Windows Phones, iPhones, Android mobile devices, and BlackBerry devices—to Office 365. You can use email, see your calendar, and do other tasks.


Set up email on your phone

Find out how to set up your phone to send and receive your email.

Set up instant messaging on your phone

Find out how to install and set up Lync on your phone.

Share a file

You can use a mobile phone to share, read, and change files on a team site.

Learn more

Got a problem?

If you have a problem with Office 365, ask an Office 365 administrator in your company for help. (If you aren’t sure who your admin is, ask around. He or she is probably the person who sent you information on how to sign in to Office 365.) If an admin isn’t available, take a look at these resources.


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