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Quick Start Guide to Using Microsoft Office 365 with Windows Server Essentials

Published: August 21, 2012

Updated: December 20, 2013

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Office 365 is an easy-to-use set of web-enabled tools that let you access your email, important documents, contacts, and calendar from almost anywhere and any device. These tools include Microsoft Office Web Apps, which are web versions of the Microsoft Office desktop applications that you are already familiar with, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. With Office Web Apps, you can create and edit documents on any computer with a web browser.

For a quick introduction, view the Office 365: A tour for users videos at the Office 365 website.

Before you can use Office 365:

  1. You must have an Office 365 account.

    Ask the person who maintains your computer network if you have an Office 365 account. If you do not have an account, ask them to create an account for you.

  2. After you have an Office 365 account, reset your Windows password.

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    You may be prompted to change your Windows password when you log on to your network.

  1. Open the Launchpad, click Microsoft Office 365, and then click Office 365 Home.

  2. Sign in to Office 365 using the account name you were given and your Windows password.

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If you have not set up your computer to work with Office 365, follow the steps listed in the Start here section of the Office 365 portal.

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