What is Office 365?

Office 365 is an integration of your essential desktop applications like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and more that uses the power of cloud technology.


A lot of Microsoft Office 365 plans include what’s called Desktop Licencing. This is the bit that lets you install the Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel on your computer. In this post we show you how to install Office 365 on your computer.

1.Sign in with your work or school account at https://portal.office.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx.

2. On the Office page, go to the version of Office you want to install. For example, your admin may have given you the option to install either Office 2016 or Office 2013. 

3. Select a Language, and accept the default to install 32-bit, or select Advanced and choose 64-bit from the drop-down list. If you’re not sure which version to install, see Choose the 64-bit or 32-bit version of Office 2016.

4. Depending on your browser, go to the install pop-up that appears and click Run (in Internet Explorer) Setup (in Chrome), or Save File (in Firefox).

If you see the User Account Control prompt that says, Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device? Click Yes.

5. The install begins.

6. Your install of Office 2016 is finished when you see the phrase, You're all set! Office is installed now and an animation plays to show you where to find Office applications on your computer. Follow the instructions in the window, for example Click Start > All Apps to see where your apps are, and select Close.

7. Start using an Office application right away by opening any app such as Word or Excel. In most cases, Office is activated once you start an application and after you agree to the License terms by clicking Accept.

Now you're ready to use Office 365!

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What is Office 365?

Office 365 is an integration of your essential desktop applications like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and more that uses the power of cloud technology.


A lot of Microsoft Office 365 plans include what’s called Desktop Licensing. This is the bit that lets you install the Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel on your computer. In this post we show you how to install Office 365 on your computer.

1.Sign in with your work or school account at portal.office.com

2. On the Office page, go to the version of Office you want to install.

3. Select a default Language.

4. Run the application set up prompt.

5. The install begins.

6. You're all set! Office is installed.

7. Start using an Office application right away by opening any app such as Word or Excel.

Now you're ready to use Office 365!

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Office 365 vs. Microsoft 365: What's the Difference?

Like Office 365, Microsoft 365 a subscription-based service designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses like yours. As well as all the goodness that comes with your Office 365 subscription that you know and love, the Microsoft 365 offering also incorporates strong data security features. Microsoft 365 is designed as a complete package when it comes to workplace productivity and security. Instead of having to design and purchase subscriptions piecemeal, everything is incorporated from the get-go.

Office 365 Business Premium and Microsoft 365 Business are two of the best plans to compare in terms of what’s on offer to understand the differences between these two products.


Basically, both products have the full Office Business Premium Package. The differences start with security and device management.

For organisations that still maintain a large fleet of Windows 7 systems, the Microsoft 365 subscription is very attractive.

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Is Microsoft Office 365 Online Only?

A great question, and one that a lot of people still aren’t clear on. You can’t really blame them. Microsoft’s branding around the ‘Office 365’ name isn’t overly clear at times, and there are so many different products and features involved, that it can be hard to keep track of what’s what.

So let’s try and clear things up a little, shall we? To start with, you need to remember that ‘Office 365’ is actually a collection of different products and services, and you get different combinations of those bits depending on which plan you subscribe to.

Some of the Office 365 plans that you can subscribe to come with licenses for you to install the full version of Microsoft Office 2013 onto your computer. This is clearly not online only, as you install the software onto your computer, and you do not need an active internet connection to use it.

This install can include the full versions of the familiar Microsoft Office software such as Word and Excel, along with some other apps you may not have used before such as Lync and OneDrive for Business.

Now even though these apps are not online-only, and will function quite happily without an internet connection, they are designed to work closely with your Office 365 cloud services, such as Exchange Online and SharePoint online.

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