Sign up for a Microsoft 365 Business Standard subscription

There are a couple of ways to get Microsoft 365 Business Standard:

Need something different? You can:

Sign up steps

To sign up and purchase Microsoft 365 Business Standard (or Microsoft 365 Apps) for your business, complete the following steps.

Important

The person who signs up for Microsoft 365 for business (usually the business owner) automatically becomes the technical administrator of the organization. You can add other people as admins if you want help managing your Microsoft 365 services. Check out Add an admin for more info.

  1. On the Microsoft 365 for business page, select See plans & pricing.

  2. On the next page, find out the monthly cost, and then scroll down the page to find out more about what's included in Microsoft 365. Under Microsoft 365 Business Standard, select Buy now.

  3. On the Thank you for choosing Microsoft 365 Business Standard page, enter your information to get started. Select Next.

  4. Enter an email address that you already use. This can be any address you want Microsoft to use to communicate with you during setup. It is also the address where we'll send you information about your bill and renewals. Then select, Set up account.

  5. Enter your name, business phone number, business size, company name, and location. Your country or region determines the exact services you receive from Microsoft, and can't be changed after you complete this step. Select Next.

    Note

    We display your company name in the admin center. This is where you manage Microsoft 365 users, licenses and other features and services. We also include it in any internal SharePoint site URLs.

  6. Help us make sure this is you. Enter a number that we can use to reach you and select Send Verification Code.

    You'll receive a text. Enter your code and select Verify.

  7. Decide how you'll sign in to Microsoft 365. You can create a new business email account by adding a domain or sign in with your current personal email.

Option 1: Sign in with your Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail or other email account

You'll sign into Microsoft 365 with this email address. For example, alliebellew@hotmail.com.

Screenshot: Sign in with your personal email.

  1. Create a password on the next page, and select Create account to continue. On the next page, read about how we handle your data and select whether you want Microsoft Partners to contact you. Select Next.

  2. Select how many Microsoft 365 Business Standard licenses you want for your organization and select Add payment method and continue with checkout to Place order.

  3. On the Confirmation details page, we'll give you some more info about your subscription. You can now go to the Microsoft 365 admin center to add users, install Office apps, invite your team to use Microsoft 365 and more. We'll also send you an email with set up steps for Microsoft 365 Business Standard.

This option provides the easiest, fastest way to get started with the core functionality of the Office desktop suite, Teams, Forms and OneDrive cloud storage. This option is recommended for very small businesses who don't need branded email immediately, or who already use branded email from a different provider and do not intend to switch to use Microsoft Exchange.

You can add a business domain at any point to access the rest of the functionality of your Business Standard subscription, including:

  • Branded email, shared calendars within your business, Bookings appointment scheduling and Meeting recordings
  • Shared document storage and SharePoint sites
  • Microsoft Planner and Microsoft Lists
  • The widest range of integrations of non-Microsoft apps (e.g. Salesforce, Adobe) that work within Teams and Office.

Next steps

If you would like to add a domain and create a business email account, you can follow the steps in the articles below:

Option 2: Create a new business email account

With this option, you’ll be able to use Microsoft 365 Exchange as your professional, branded email provider. All your users will have a shared domain email address. For example, their username, followed by @contoso.com. You and your users sign into Microsoft 365 with this new email address. When you follow this process (add a domain and create new business email accounts), you’ll get access to all the features provided in Microsoft 365 Business Standard. For steps on how to buy or add a domain, see Set up Microsoft 365 Business Standard.

Screenshot: Sign in with new business email.

This option provides immediate access to the full suite of features in your Microsoft 365 Business subscription but may require technical steps to be completed up front.

Important

You can follow these steps to purchase Microsoft 365 Apps as well. For more info, see Set up Microsoft 365 Apps for business after you purchase Microsoft 365 Apps for business.

Frequently asked questions

What is a business email and what are the advantages to setting one up?

A business email is an email that uses your own domain name. For example, if you own the domain name contoso.com, you can build a website using the url www.contoso.com, but you can also have a custom email address such as yourname@contoso.com. This is referred to as a branded business email as it gives your email a professional look.

How do I get a new business email address?

There are three options for getting a business email.

  • You can use a suggested onmicrosoft.com domain for free (someone@mybusiness.onmicrosoft.com).
  • You can buy a new domain to have a more compact email address (mybusinessname@contoso.com).
  • You use a domain name that you already own.

Why might I need to verify my domain to create a business email?

If you choose to use a domain you already own, you can use it for your email address with Microsoft 365. As part of sign up process, we ask you to verify the domain so you can send emails via Microsoft 365. This confirms that you are the owner of the domain that is sending emails with that identity, which enhances security and prevents fraudulent activity.

Is there a benefit to paying monthly vs annually?

To provide customers with the greatest amount of flexibility, different payment options are available.

  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Apps for business, Business Standard, and Business Premium plans are available for monthly commitment payment or annual commitment payment.
  • Monthly commitment payment: You pay month by month, and you can cancel at any time.
  • Annual commitment payment: You sign up for a one-year subscription, but you can choose to pay month to month or pay for the entire year at the time you sign up. There is a discount for using this payment option.

How does recurring billing work?

When Recurring billing is on, your subscription will continue to be billed each year on the day you subscribed. You can turn it off or back on again in the admin center if your subscription is active. Learn more at Turn recurring billing off or on.

What do I do if I want to change my business name?

Contact our small business support experts who can help you change your business name. Learn more at Get support.

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