This document is designed to introduce you to Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses (Plan P1)[1].  The high-level walkthroughs below will guide you through how to sign up for an Office 365 subscription and how to begin using some key features.  This document is not intended to replace more detailed help content available in Office 365 and on the Microsoft Office 365 Community website.

Office 365 for professionals and small businesses is a set of web-enabled tools that lets you access your e-mail, important documents, contacts, and calendars from virtually anywhere and on almost any device. Designed for organizations with one to 25 employees (with a technical limit of 50 users maximum), the service brings together online versions of the best business-grade communications and collaboration tools from Microsoft plus Microsoft Office Web Apps at a price that small businesses can afford. Office 365 works seamlessly with the programs you already know and use — Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. This is the much-anticipated cloud service that gives small businesses the capabilities and efficiencies to grow and target more rapid success.

Powerful security features from Microsoft Corporation help protect your data, and it will be backed with a 99.9 percent financially backed uptime guarantee. Office 365 was designed to be easy enough for small businesses to run without specialized IT knowledge.

Why Office 365 for Your Organization

Virtually Anytime, Anywhere Access

Office 365 helps you access your e-mail, important documents, contacts, and calendar on nearly any device from almost anywhere. It frees you to work where and when you choose, allowing you to respond to important requests right away, no matter where you are. Because you can use your mobile device to access e-mail and documents, you won’t have to hurry back to the office (or look for a Wi-Fi hot spot if you are using your computer). When traveling, you can access your e-mail and even edit online documents from most popular Web browsers.[2]

Easy to use

Office 365 is easy to try, simple to learn, and straightforward to use. It works seamlessly with the programs you know and use most, including Outlook, Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint. With Office 365, you can choose which tools to use.

Improved Collaboration

With Office 365, you can create a password-protected portal to share large, hard-to-email files both inside and outside your organization, giving you a single location to find the very latest versions of files or documents, no matter how many people are working on them.

Security and Reliability

Powerful security features from Microsoft help protect your data. Office 365 is backed with a 99.9-percent uptime, financially backed guarantee. Office 365 helps safeguard your data with enterprise-grade reliability, disaster recovery capabilities, data centers in multiple locations, and a strict privacy policy. It also helps protect your email environment with up-to-date antivirus and anti-spam solutions.

[1] Plan P1 refers to Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses.  References in this document to Office 365 describe Plan P1 unless otherwise noted.

[1] Access from mobile devices requires Wi-Fi capability or depends on carrier network availability.

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