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Topic Last Modified: 2012-03-22

If you are a registered member of the Microsoft Partner Network, you may be entitled to a trial subscription to Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises. To see whether you qualify for a trial subscription, go to the Microsoft Cloud Partner portal. If you qualify, you can sign up at the website. During the sign-up process, you are asked to set a new domain name and, unless you already have a user ID, to create a user ID for your account.

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Before you begin the sign-up process, learn whether Office 365 is available in the country or region where you will use these services. For more information, see About license restrictions.
Learn about software requirements

Before signing up for Office 365, make sure that your computer has one of the combinations of operating system and Internet browser listed in Software requirements for Office 365 in Office 365 Help.

After you sign up for Office 365, you must configure your computer so that software updates can be installed. These updates are required when connecting Microsoft Office desktop applications to Office 365. For more information about configuring your computer to install software updates, see Set up your desktop for Office 365 in Office 365 Help.

Sign up for Office 365 when you already have a Microsoft Online Services account

If you have previously signed up for a trial or paid subscription with Microsoft Online Services, you already have an account and a user ID.

  1. Go to the Microsoft Cloud Partner portal.

  2. Click the link to sign in, and then type your user ID and password.

You are automatically signed in to Office 365 as the administrator of your organization and land on the Partner overview page. An email message containing your account information is sent to your preferred contact email address.

Sign up for Office 365 and create a new Microsoft Online Services account

During the sign-up process, you provide information about yourself and your organization, and create a new domain name and a new user ID for your account. You use the user ID each time you sign in to Office 365.

  1. Go to the Microsoft Cloud Partner portal.

  2. Click the link to sign up.

  3. On the Partner sign up page, verify that the information in the fields is correct.

  4. Type a descriptive name (such as contoso) for your new domain with the following format: contoso.onmicrosoft.com. Then, click Check availability to ensure that the domain name is available.

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    The new domain name is used to create your account. After your account is created, you can use this domain name with your Office 365 services. However, if you want your hosted email or other services to use your own registered domain name instead, you can add your company’s registered domain name to Office 365. For information about adding your company’s registered domain name, see Add your domain to Office 365 in Office 365 Help.
  5. When prompted, type a new email address to use for your user ID.

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    You will use your user ID each time you sign in to Office 365.
  6. Review the trial agreement, and if you agree, click I accept and continue to complete the sign-up process.

  7. Configure your computer so that software updates can be installed. These updates are required so that you can connect Microsoft Office desktop applications to Office 365. For more information about configuring your computer to install updates, see Set up your desktop for Office 365 in Office 365 Help.

After you have signed up, you are automatically signed in to Office 365 as the administrator of your organization and you land on the Partner overview page. An email message containing your account information is sent to your preferred contact email address.

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Partners located in Australia who are interested in Microsoft Online Services must obtain subscriptions through Telstra. For more information, see the partner program information.
Partners located in Australia can send trial invitations and purchases offers to customers located outside of Australia, but not to customers located in Australia.
 

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