Quick Start Guide to Using Microsoft Office 365 on Your Small Business Network

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Microsoft 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.

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

    If you use an edition of Windows Home, you should change the password that you use to log on to the Launchpad. You can change the Launchpad password from the Remote Web Access site.

To access the Office 365 applications

  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.

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.