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Get started with Office 365 by signing up for a subscription and choosing the plan that's right for you and your business.

  1. Go to http://www.office365.com.

  2. Choose For business.

  3. Choose See plans & pricing.

  4. Choose the subscription option you want and choose Buy now.

  5. Enter your business information in the form, and then choose Next.

  6. Under Create your user ID, enter a user name, company name, and password (which will be used for your email address in Office 365), and then choose Create my account.

  7. Enter a phone number to prove you're not a robot, and choose Text me or Call me. When you receive the validation code, enter it in the box provided, and then choose Next.

  8. Sign back in to Office 365 using the account you just created.

  9. Enter your mailing address, and then choose Next.

  10. Choose the number of subscriptions you want to purchase for you and your employees, review your total monthly bill, and then choose Next.

  11. Enter credit card information to use for payments, choose a payment schedule, and choose Place order.

The first step to getting your business in the cloud with Office 365 is to sign up for a subscription. To get started, visit http://www.office365.com.

Choose For business, then See plans & pricing.

These are the subscriptions tailored to small to mid-size businesses like yours. Office 365 Business includes desktop and web versions of Office apps, like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, along with cloud storage for each subscriber.

Business Essentials includes web-only versions of the Office apps and cloud services for email, meetings, and collaboration software.

And Office 365 Business Premium includes desktop and online versions of Office apps and cloud services for email, meetings, and collaboration software—so, basically a combination of the other two plans. It's also the most popular plan for small businesses.

Now, if your business has any security or compliance requirements, like encrypted email or DLP, you'll want to consider one of the enterprise plans.

A great value of Office 365 is that you can choose one plan for yourself, and a different plan for your employees based on their needs.

Under Business Premium, let's choose Buy now.

Choose a country, then business information, like name, email, phone, and organization size. Then Next.

Create a user name and a company name. This user ID is also your email address in Office 365. You can change the address and alias later if you like. Create a password, and re-enter it. Then Create my account.

To prove you're not a robot, select a way for us to reach you, like text, then a phone number, then Text me. After you receive the validation code, type it in the box provided. Then Next.

Sign back in to Office 365 using the account you just created. Enter the address where you'll be using Office 365. This determines available features and applied taxes. Next.

Choose the number of Business Premium subscriptions you'd like to purchase. We'll choose 5: one for us and our four employees. Then Next.

We see our total monthly bill. And Next.

Enter a credit card to use for the payment, then expiration, name, and address. And Place order.

That's it. You've finished signing up. Choose Start Setup to get your business email, add users, and install software.

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