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  • Customer stories by industry, company size, and region
  • Office 365 Network community, so you can consult existing customers
  • And more information that supports your decision-making process
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1-300 users

Small and midsize business plans

Run your business more easily with Office 365. Get everything you need to get work done anytime, anywhere. Specific plans include business-class email, online storage, file sync and sharing, and Office productivity applications.

300+ users

Enterprise business plans

Specific plans include enterprise calling capabilities, business-class email, online storage, file sync and sharing, advanced security and compliance capabilities, and Office productivity applications.

 
 

Office 365 business scenarios

Discover Office 365 usage scenarios that inspire people to work in new ways using Office 365, along with awareness & training kits to get everyone onboard faster.

Browse through this booklet to discover how Office 365 can help you and your team do more together. Download the Office 365 Catalog.

Get it done from anywhere

PC, Mac, tablet, phone? People work across a variety of devices from different locations and all need a consistent, clean, and fast experience. Office 365 gives people access to everything they need to get the job done from anywhere. Files and settings are synced from one device to the next, creating freedom and reliability for your team.

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Me and my documents

Office 365 Office apps help you stay productive and act on inspiration when and where you need it. You'll get the familiar Office experience on the devices you use the most to create with confidence.

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Work together seamlessly

Do your best work together with Office 365: you have anywhere access to files through OneDrive for Business and Office delivers the tools you need to get work done, wherever you like to work.

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Get Office on up to 5 devices

By using their favorite device, everyone can edit or share files from a phone or collaborate from a tablet. Office 365 gives you everything you need with a consistent experience across devices.

Work together seamlessly

Don't miss a beat when you create documents, edit, and collaborate with others in real time. Your team stays in sync and you'll get things done faster than ever.

Make work shine

You will love the ability to create polished documents, present professionally, get valuable insight from your data, and work together with ease. Office 365 is your familiar Office, only better.

Free your teams to work anywhere

Embrace the freedom to live life and work the way that's best for both teams and individuals. Today's business users want more intuitive technology, uninterrupted services, and the freedom to work when and where they need to. Office 365 helps take location out of the equation so that your employees can live life on their terms.

Connected people are productive people

Office 365 keeps people connected to one another, and to documents and data. Intuitive tools for online meetings, file storage and sharing, and team collaboration make it easy to connect and collaborate with colleagues whenever, wherever.

  1. Organize periodic training sessions to teach your employees the best practices for using email folders, groups and message filtering.
  2. Demonstrate how to easily schedule and access a Skype for Business online meeting using Outlook calendar.
  3. Encourage coworkers to share their calendars within teams to keep better track of everyone's availability and minimize scheduling conflicts.

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Giving your employees the freedom to work when and where they need to—on their favorite devices—can increase productivity, simplify team collaboration, and enhance their work-life balance. With Office 365, anything you can do in the office, you can now do on the go.

Emails and calendar on the go

Did you know Office 365 is the one destination for email, calendars, files, contacts and tasks? During your morning train commute you can coordinate meetings on the go, access synchronized contacts, check your task list and use intelligent tools to manage your inbox so you can quickly deal with the most important matters.

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Do more with email

You need email that's simple and powerful. Now people will have 50GB of storage for all their messages and the ability to send an email up to 25MB.

Take control of your inbox

Help people stay focused on what's important. Easy visibility into the messages that matter most means your team is more efficient and can use email to get work done.

Simplify scheduling

The perfect team tool, Office 365 lets you check calendars and retrieve contacts from any device. You can avoid scheduling hassles by easily sharing calendars and viewing other’s availability.

Protect data in your email

Keeping messages encrypted outside of the company was a tricky endeavor—until now. Your employees can now send encrypted emails to anyone. If the recipient responds, or even if they forward the message to someone else, the encryption remains in place.

Anti-spam and anti-malware protection

Office 365 applies a layer of anti-spam and anti-malware protection across a global network of datacenters to prevent infection via email. And your employees have control over their spam-quarantined messages.

  1. Organize periodic training sessions to teach your employees the best practices for using email folders, groups and message filtering.
  2. Demonstrate how to easily schedule and access a Skype for Business online meeting using Outlook calendar.
  3. Encourage coworkers to share their calendars within teams to keep better track of everyone's availability and minimize scheduling conflicts.

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Email is a natural and consistent part of your daily work life. Make sure you’re using a service that understands what you need. With the capabilities included in Office 365, you’re not only getting a service built on enterprise experience and security, but also the latest innovative and easy-to-use collaboration and communication features.

Collaborate on content

Connecting you to the documents and information you need, when you need them, as you work with the people you rely on to help you get things done. SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business empower teams to collaborate on documents, share reports with partners, and connect with customers – from virtually any device.

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Anywhere access and sharing for your files

OneDrive for Business enables access to your files from anywhere, any time and easy sharing to collaborate with colleagues online and offline, at your desk or on the go.

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Collaborate and publish team and project information

Create SharePoint team sites to help people work together better, keep them connected to the information they need, and provide rich destinations that promote their work across the organization.

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Get room for all your files

With 1TB of personal document storage, everyone can store files online to access them from anywhere—through PC, tablet, or smartphone.

Securely share with others

Efficiently share documents inside or outside your organization to keep everyone in sync. Files are private by default, so sensitive information is safe.

Find shared documents fast

With Delve, Office 365 also helps you discover relevant information based on what you do and who you engage with.

Cloud made easy with familiar Office tools

Embrace the cloud solutions for your work files and let your employees work with their familiar productivity tools such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Location and time are no longer blockers to finishing your projects and your work files can be accessed anywhere at any time. Use OneDrive for Business to connect, communicate, and collaborate to get work done.

Industry leading enterprise grade cloud solution

OneDrive for Business is an enterprise grade solution that includes security, management, compliance and administrative capabilities. Being part of Office 365, we meet the highest industry regulations (HIPAA, ISO 27001, EU Model Clauses, FISMA) and offer eDiscovery. Use OneDrive for Business and we will continue to innovate to meet the enterprise requirements of your organization to control and manage your valuable files while satisfying the needs of your employees.

  1. Start small and identify a few projects or initiatives where your team can start using OneDrive for Business to better manage their shared documents and keep track of others' edits.
  2. When deciding which projects to start with, prioritize those that you know will be easier to implement and will have a positive impact on the business.
  3. Ensure your teams understand the "What's in it for me?", such as reducing the amount of time spent looking for the most up to date document or allowing multiple team members to edit a document at a time.

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Keep everyone on the same page, wherever they happen to be. OneDrive for Business lets your team collaborate on documents, share reports with partners, and connect with customers—from virtually any device. You can enable everyone to work on the same files—simultaneously—and track everyone's changes in real time. Keep reviewing and refining your files online and offline, at your desk or on the go.

Make meetings matter

Getting the right people working together isn’t always simple in our on-the-go-world. Skype for Business makes it easy for people to meet and connect online, from wherever they are, on multiple devices. Join or start a meeting with just one click, whether across the hall or across the globe. HD video, screen sharing, and real-time note taking help meetings matter, by producing actionable results and decisions for your team.

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Communicate your way

Get input without leaving your Office app: thanks to Skype for Business integration you can IM, screen share, talk, or video chat right from your document. Easily bring others into a conversation and share your desktop so you can make decisions in real-time.

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Complete meeting solution

Connect to your team from anywhere with Skype for Business across all your devices and work like you are all in one room. Share your desktop, annotate your presentations with feedback, record a meeting for future reference, and capture it all with OneNote notes to send out after the meeting.

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Work anywhere

With Skype for Business, conversations are convenient, travelling with you from mobile device to meeting room. People can add new ideas, review any part of a conversation, or get to meeting content from wherever they may be.

Meet with anyone

Skype for Business improves communication because everyone, including customers and partners, can connect, meet, call, and collaborate online – all from their favorite devices.

Familiar and easy

Skype for Business keeps and improves on all of the capabilities of Skype and Lync, including content sharing and telephony. For example, transferring a call now takes only one touch or click instead of three.

Reduce complexity

Skype for Business is a complete communications and collaboration platform with the security, compliance, and control you expect from Microsoft. With a single solution, you eliminate the need to license and support multiple services and products.

Increase togetherness and reduce travel costs

Skype for Business means the freedom to work with anyone, in any location, at any time – virtually eliminating the need for travels.

Increase adoption and improve ROI

Because people know Skype, they are more likely to adopt Skype for Business quickly with less training and support required.

  1. Prepare your users for a positive first experience by conducting an end-user pilot to confirm scenarios, validate devices and ensure technical readiness. Leverage Champions to offer additional support in the days following your launch.
  2. Encourage employees to use Skype for Business for all meetings, and make the most of rich communication and collaboration functions like high-definition video, desktop sharing and OneNote for shared meeting notes. Direct employees to the Lync/Skype for Business mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows to stay connected and attend meetings from anywhere.
  3. Read the official announcement to learn more about Skype for Business.

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Giving your employees the freedom to work when and where they need to—on their favorite devices—can increase productivity, simplify team collaboration, and enhance their work-life balance. With Office 365, anything you can do in the office, you can now do on the go.

Bring your team together

Yammer helps your organization listen, adapt, and grow in new ways by working like a network. More than a content repository, it's a place where your teams can discuss various aspects of a project, share ideas, give feedback, take notes together, review the same documents, and much more. Yammer makes connecting your distributed workforce easy. It helps employees get answers to questions faster with an open community feed. And most importantly, it inspires unity and innovation by allowing people to learn, share, and be heard.

Launch your Yammer network

Using Yammer enables people to easily share ideas and work together across geographies, cultures and functional teams. Yammer brings teams across a company together, making it possible to tap into the knowledge that exists within their organization and build on the work of others.

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Join the conversation

Some of the best ideas come from spontaneous conversations, with people you never expected. That's why Yammer is built around open communication – where people work in the open, conversations only happen in private when they need to and everyone benefits from shared information.

Share your knowledge

Yammer gives you a voice to share your knowledge and skills with others so you can make the most out of what you know. It starts with your Yammer profile. Complete your profile so coworkers can discover who you are, what you’re working on and how you can work together.

Discover what you need

Everyone holds a wealth of information—expertise in a specific area, content created for a project or insights from previous experiences. Yammer lets you discover things you wouldn’t have found otherwise: the right people, documents and conversations you need to get your best work done.

Listen to the conversations that matter

Connect your organization to boost engagement and surface important information and experts. Yammer users gain 76% more visibility into other departments or locations, and 80% are more informed with what is happening inside their organization.

Grow your business

Drive innovation, get to market faster and deliver experiences that grow customer loyalty with Yammer. Among business leaders of networked organizations, 93% agree that Enterprise Social tools stimulate innovation in their companies.

Adapt and make smarter decisions

Open collaboration is more efficient collaboration. Yammer helps teams quickly adapt to change and work together more productively. 71% of business leaders report that Enterprise Social tools increase the speed of access to knowledge.

  1. Easily embed a Yammer feed into other enterprise applications your organization is using, such as an intranet or SharePoint team sites, so that employees can access and respond to Yammer conversations from whichever platform they're using.
  2. You can also get your executives and leadership teams involved by incorporating Yammer into an all-company meeting or event.
  3. Oftentimes called a "YamJam," employees can submit their questions and comments to a designated Yammer group where executives can then provide responses and updates in real-time.

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The pace of business communication has increased due to online technologies, most specifically social networking. As such, Office 365 has evolved to a more social suite. For example, Yammer, an Enterprise Social Network (ESN) helps your organization listen, adapt, and grow in new ways by working like a network.

Programs and services

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Customer Evidence

How other businesses use Office 365

Find organizations like yours in Customer stories to see how they use Office 365 to enhance their business productivity. You can sort and filter to find solutions that match your needs.

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Security and Compliance

Security, privacy, and compliance initiatives

The core tenets of our approach to earning and maintaining your trust are: built-in security, privacy by design, continuous compliance, and transparent operations.

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Community

Connect with current customers

Join the Office 365 Network discussion to speak with technical professionals worldwide who already use Office 365. Learn from their experience and see how Office 365 can be the technical and business solution for you.

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Detailed resources and related programs

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System requirements

Before you install or use any Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2016 product, we recommend that you verify that your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for the product.

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Mobile apps

Get anywhere access across devices—plus the security and management capabilities that your business needs. With Office 365 for business you can securely store and share files, control access, and protect your data.

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File sharing

One of the best ways to set up file storage and sharing for your business is to use OneDrive for Business and an Office 365 team site together.

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Guides

Office Mobile on Windows 10

This show takes a look at Office Mobile for Windows 10 on tablets. Ben Walters joins Jeremy Chapman to demonstrate the new, touch-optimized Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

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IT Essentials

Microsoft Mechanics

Office Mechanics has produced a series of do-it-yourself, how-to videos for anyone performing an IT role for Office 365 or Office 2016.

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Information Hub

Partner Showcase

Partners are innovating solutions on the Office platform to address business scenarios, workflows, and industry-specific needs.

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IT Essentials

Office 365 Roadmap

The Office 365 Roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Stages are listed from "In development" to "Rolling out" to "Launched."

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IT Essentials

Office Blogs—for IT

Office blog posts span topics from new product releases and features to customer stories to training and development. Catch up on all the newest technical information at Office Blogs.

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Matter Center for Office 365

Matter Center makes it easier to organize files by matter, find documents, and collaborate on work product without ever leaving Microsoft Word or Outlook.

Matter Center for Office 365

Frequently Asked Questions

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You don't need to install anything in order to use Office 365. To help you easily connect your desktop version of the latest version of Office, Office 2013, Office 2010, or Office 2007 to Office 365, Microsoft provides Office 365 customers an installable piece of software—called “Office Desktop Setup”—at no charge.

Office Desktop Setup provides many benefits, including:

  • Automatically detecting necessary updates.
  • Installing updates and components upon approval or silently from a command line.
  • Automatically configuring Outlook and Microsoft Skype for Business for use with Microsoft Office 365.
  • Uninstalling itself from the client computer after running.

You can find and install Office Desktop Setup in your Office 365 administration center. If your plan includes a subscription to Office, you will also be able to install that directly from the Office 365 administration center.

Office 365 Setup provides step-by-step guidance. In just a few quick steps you can sign up for Office 365, set up your organization's domain name and add user accounts, install Office, and move your existing email to Office 365.

You can pay with all major credit cards, and your subscription amount will appear on your credit card statement. For Office 365 Enterprise, Office 365 Business, and standalone plans, you have the option to receive an invoice and, depending on your choice of services, you will be billed monthly or annually. You receive an email message when your invoice is ready to be viewed and, if a purchase order (PO) number is entered when you buy your subscription, that number is included in your invoice.

Yes, discounts are available for Office 365 enterprise agreement customers (typically 250+ licenses) who want to purchase through volume licensing. A Microsoft expert can help you explore the purchasing options for large enterprises and help you determine which is best for you. Learn more about volume licensing. Find a Microsoft expert.

Yes. If you need to upgrade, you can transition your account to a different plan. For example, you can upgrade from an Office 365 Business plan to an Office 365 Enterprise plan. In most cases, you can use the Switch plans wizard in your Admin center to upgrade your plan. If your subscription has more than 300 users or if you used a prepaid card to purchase your plan, the Switch plans wizard is not available. Plans that are not eligible for the Switch plans wizard can be upgraded manually. Learn more about upgrading Office 365 plans.

NOTE: When you upgrade your account, your domain name is transferred to your new account, whether you brought your own domain name to the Office 365 account or you set up a domain name with Office 365.

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