Description: This article focuses on microsoft 365 login, which is designed to get you up to speed with Office 365 as quickly as possible. The author discusses how to login to Office 365, the difference between a Personal account and a Work or School account, and some of the common services included in Office 365.
Welcome to Office 365 for beginners. My name is Elliot Munro, I work for GCITS on the Gold Coast of Australia. We’re award winning Microsoft Partners who use the cloud to help growing businesses everywhere and get productive and fast.
Office 365 works best when everybody in the team has an Office 365 account. And your account is everything to you in Office 365, it’s your identity. When it comes to working in the cloud, your identity and the security of that identity are important.
It doesn’t matter if you share mailboxes, files or responsibilities with another person, because that can all be accounted for and easily configured. But having your own Office 365 login is essential. So let’s assume that you’ve got a login, we’re going to use that to login to Office 365.
There are a few different ways to login to Office 365, though my personal favourite one is via portal.office.com. Because that takes you to your Office 365 Portal and you can get to everything from there.
I’m going to go over this once, it’s important, because this could annoy you, this doesn’t happen when you log into portal.office.com, but you may occasionally come up against it. Microsoft provide two types of accounts.
One is Personal Account and the other one is Work or School account. Unfortunately these aren’t the only two names that these accounts go by. Personal Accounts are also called Live IDs or Microsoft Accounts. Work or School Accounts are also known as Office 365 accounts or Organisational accounts or even Azure Active Directory accounts.
Personal accounts are accounts for consumers, you use them to log into consumer level services like the regular Skype, Xbox Live or Outlook.com. Work or School accounts are accounts that are given to you by your work or school.
You’ll primarily use them to sign into the Office 365 services. The tricky part is that these two accounts can be used to log into the same applications and services, you can have the same email address associated with both types of accounts which is the case with mine.
I have signed up for a Microsoft account, or a Personal Account, with my Work or School email, and I also have an Office 365 account. So when I put my email address in, occasionally it will say Work or School, or Personal account?
If you’ve signed up for a Personal Microsoft account using your work or school email and you also have Office 365 for work or school, you’ll probably see this too. You need to pay attention, this is particular login screen asking for a personal account, or a work or school account, or asking for either.
It can be confusing, but this the world we live in. I’m going to choose work or school account, because this is my Office 365 account, this is a series about Office 365, using a Microsoft account would not let me log into this area.
Now that I have logged in, let’s have a quick look at everything we can do. I’ve got some stuff that you may not have, and you might have some stuff in your portal that I don’t have, we’re going to go through a few things that are common to most people.
Install Office at the top may not be common to most people, but if you’ve got an Office 365 account that gives you the desktop versions of Office, you can install it for PC or Mac by clicking Install now.
These first three tiles are Mail, Calendar, People and this one called Tasks, which are your email, your calendars, your contacts and your tasks. You can work with them through the browser, or through outlook, or on your phone or tablet.
Next is Yammer. This is a social network for your business. It’s like an internal Facebook. This is your Newsfeed. It’s a newsfeed for conversations that you have on SharePoint online. SharePoint Online is under sites.
SharePoint sites are places where your team can collaborate on projects and share information. OneDrive is called OneDrive for Business and is your personal cloud file storage. It’s private to you, though you can share things from it.
Delve is like an Office 365 search engine, it also helps you discover what’s everyone’s working on in Office 365. Video is like an internal YouTube that you can use for training videos, meeting recordings or any video material that needs to stay internal.
Power Bi is usually an add-on, if understanding data is important to your business, it’s absolutely worth it. There is a free version you can sign up to as well. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote are the Online versions of the Office programs that you can use to work on your files over the internet, even if you don’t have Office installed.
And Sway is a new one. It’s similar to powerpoint, you can use it to present information on all devices. So we’ve covered logging into Office 365, the difference between a Personal Account and a Work or School account.
We’ve touched on a few of the common Office 365 services. If you think that’s all you need to get started, you can dive in. But if you want to dive a little deeper on some of these services, you can check out our website or feel free to leave your comments below. Thanks for reading.