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What is Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business is a comprehensive set of business productivity and collaboration tools, such as Outlook, Word, Excel, and other Office products that are always up to date. You can protect your work files on all of your iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices with enterprise-grade security that is simple to manage.

Microsoft 365 Business is meant for up to 300 licences and does not support a hybrid with an on-premises AD, if you need either, see Microsoft 365 Enterprise documentation for more information.

Get Microsoft 365 Business

At this time Microsoft 365 Business is available to partners, and you can also sign up for a public preview that starts on August 2, 2017:

Set up Microsoft 365 Business

Overview of Microsoft 365 Business Suite set up and management

The following diagram describes how admins set up and manage Microsoft 365 Business.  It also describes the steps to prepare Windows PCs for Microsoft 365 Business. You can also add new devices to in the Microsoft 365 Business admin center with the Windows AutoPilot. You can use AutoPilot to set up and pre-configure new devices, getting them ready for productive use as soon as a user signs in with their Microsoft 365 Business credentials.

AAD in the figure refers to Azure Active Directory, or Azure AD.

A diagram that shows the setup and management flow for admins, and also for a user

Set up Microsoft 365 Business (Admin)

Sign in to Microsoft 365 Business admin center with your global admin credentials, and complete the steps below to set up Microsoft 365 Business.

  1. Pre-requisites for protecting data on devices with Microsoft 365 Business

    Read the pre-requisites first to make sure your devices are ready for Microsoft 365 Business.

  2. Set up Microsoft 365 Business by using the setup wizard

    If you are permanently moving from a local Active Directory to the cloud, you can either add your users manually in the Microsoft 365 Business admin center by using the setup wizard, or you can do a one-time sync with Azure AD Connect. There are two ways to do this:

  3. After you have added user licenses in the Setup wizard, their Office app data is protected in their Android and iPhone apps as soon as they install Office.

    See the next sections, Set up devices (admin) and Set up devices (user), to set up user PCs and other devices.

Set up devices (admin)

You can set up new user devices so they are ready for your users:

  • Use Windows AutoPilot to set up Windows 10 PCs.

    With AutoPilot you can upload devices to Microsoft 365 Business and assign them a profile that is a collection of settings that can be applied to a single device or to a group of devices. When a Windows 10 PC has a profile applied to it, the user will sign in with his or her Microsoft 365 Business credentials, and the device will be automatically set up for use.

  • Automatically install Office on Windows 10 devices

    Install Office on Windows 10 devices from the Microsoft 365 Business admin center. You can also do this when you assign user licenses during set up.

Set up devices (user)

Your users should follow these steps to set up their devices:

  • Set up mobile devices for Microsoft 365 Business users

  • Optionally move files to OneDrive for Business. You can also use third-party tools to move files associated with Windows profile to OneDrive.

    If the PC has a lot of local files and favorites, you might want to move them to OneDrive for Business before you connect the PC to the Azure Active Directory.

  • Use Windows AutoPilot to set up Windows 10 PCs.

    With AutoPilot you can upload devices to Microsoft 365 Business and assign them a profile that is a collection of settings that can be applied to a single device or to a group of devices. When a Windows 10 PC has a profile applied to it, the user will sign in with his or her Microsoft 365 Business credentials, and the device will be automatically set up for use.

  • Set up Windows PCs for Microsoft 365 Business users

    In this step you can choose to manually set up a brand new computer, or connect the existing Windows 10 PC to Azure Active Directory.

    After you have connected an existing computer to Azure AD, you can move your personal files back from OneDrive for Business.

Contact support

If you need to contact support:

  • Contact your partner.

  • As a Microsoft 365 Business admin, you have access to our customer support team, Contact us!

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Microsoft 365 Business documentation and resources
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