Use my current Office for Mac apps with Office 365

Your organization recently got Office 365 and you have a Mac computer or iPad. No problem. Office 365 is compatible with the Mac and a variety of devices, including iPad and iPhone. You can use all the features and services in Office 365, including Outlook Web App and Lync for online meetings.

This article helps you set up your Mac computer or iPad to work with Office 365. After a few updates, you’ll be able to communicate and collaborate with your colleagues. And because Office is cross-platform–compatible, it doesn’t matter if your colleagues have PC or Mac computers.

What do you want to do?

Update my current Office for Mac apps to work with Office 365

Set up Outlook for Mac 2011 to work with Office 365

System requirements for Mac-based operating systems

Update my current Office for Mac apps to work with Office 365

After you’ve signed in to Office 365 for the first time, you’ll want to make sure your current Office desktop applications work with Office 365. If you’re currently using Office for Mac Home and Business 2011, you can update it to work with Office 365 .

  1. Open an Office application (for example, Word for Mac 2011).

  2. On the Help menu, click Check for updates.

  3. Choose Automatically.

Set up Outlook for Mac 2011 to work with Office 365

  1. Open Outlook for Mac 2011.

  2. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.

    • If this is the first account you’ll be creating in Outlook for Mac 2011, under Add an account, click Exchange account.

    • If you've already created an email account for a different email address, in the lower-left corner of the Accounts dialog box, click + to add an account, and then click Exchange.

  3. On the Enter your Exchange account information page, in the E-mail address box, type your full user ID.

  4. In the Method box, make sure User name and password is selected.

  5. In the User name box, type your full user ID again.

  6. Type your password.

  7. Make sure Configure automatically is selected, and then click Add account.

    After you click Add account, Outlook for Mac 2011 performs an online search to find your email server settings.

  8. When a dialog box asks you if you want to allow the server to configure your settings, select the Always use my response for this server check box, and then click Allow.

    After the new account is created, you'll see the account in the left pane of the Accounts dialog box.

  9. Close the Accounts dialog box.

    After the new account is created, you can view your mail by clicking the new account name in the navigation pane.

System requirements for Mac-based operating systems

These tables list the Mac-based operating systems, browsers, and applications that are compatible with Office 365.

Desktop applications

Supported operating systems

Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 3 or later

Mac OS X 10.6 and later

Web services

Supported operating systems

Supported browsers

Outlook Web App

Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6

Firefox 17 or later

Safari 5

Chrome 24 or later

Mac OS X 10.7

Firefox 17 or later

Safari 6 or later

Chrome 24 or later

Office Online

Mac OS X 10.5 and later

Safari 5 and later

Latest version of Firefox

Latest version of Chrome

Team site, powered by SharePoint Online

Mac OS X 10.5 and later

Safari 5 and later

Latest version of Firefox

Lync Web App

Mac OS X 10.4.8 and later

Safari 5 and later

Latest version of Firefox

Lync for Mac 2011

Mac OS X 10.5.8 and later

Safari 5 and later

Latest version of Firefox

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