Get started with Microsoft 365 for business
What is Microsoft 365 for business
Microsoft 365 for 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 your iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices with enterprise-grade security that is simple to manage.
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Microsoft 365 for business is meant for up to 300 licenses. If you need more licenses, see Microsoft 365 Enterprise documentation for more information.
Get Microsoft 365 for business
If you have a partner, they'll get Microsoft 365 for business: Get Microsoft 365 for business from Microsoft Partner Center.
If you don't have a partner and want to get Microsoft 365 for business, you can buy it here.
Set up Microsoft 365 for business
Overview of Microsoft 365 for business Suite set up
The following diagram describes how admins set up Microsoft 365 for business. It also describes the steps to prepare Windows PCs for Microsoft 365 for business. You can also add new devices in the Microsoft 365 admin center with Windows AutoPilot. You can use AutoPilot to set up and pre-configure new devices so that they're ready for productive use as soon as a user signs in with their Microsoft 365 for business credentials.
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1: Set up Microsoft 365 for business (Admin)
Sign in to Microsoft 365 admin center with your global admin credentials, and complete the following steps to set up Microsoft 365 for business.
Read the prerequisites first to make sure that your devices are ready for Microsoft 365 for business.
If you're permanently moving from a local Active Directory to the cloud, you can go to the Microsoft 365 admin center and use the setup wizard to add your users manually, or you can do a one-time sync with Azure AD Connect. There are two ways to do this:
If you also have an Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013, or Exchange 2016 server, you can Use Minimal Hybrid to quickly migrate Exchange mailboxes to Microsoft 365. The minimal hybrid steps include a one-time sync of users to Azure AD, and email migration from on-premises to the cloud. After the email migration is complete, the directory synchronization is automatically turned off when you use this method.
Use the directory sync wizard to synchronize your users to the cloud. Follow the steps in Set up directory synchronization for Microsoft 365 to complete this process. After you synchronize your users to the cloud, you'll have to Turn off directory synchronization for Microsoft 365.
2: Prepare mobile devices
Follow the steps in Set up mobile devices for Microsoft 365 for business users to install Office apps on devices and make sure they're protected by Microsoft 365 for business.
3: Prepare PCs
Admins can pre-select settings for new Windows 10 PCs by using Windows AutoPilot. Users can set up their existing or new Windows 10 devices by following the steps in this topic: Set up Windows PCs for Microsoft 365 for business users. For existing devices, users can optionally move files to OneDrive for Business. They can also use third-party tools to move files associated with Windows profile to OneDrive.
If your organization uses Windows Server Active Directory on-premises, you can set up Microsoft 365 for business to protect your Windows 10 devices, while still maintaining access to on-premises resources that require local authentication. Follow the steps in Enable domain-joined Windows 10 devices to be managed by Microsoft 365 for business to set this up. This method is preferred, and devices in this state are called Hybrid Azure AD joined devices.
If you retain a local Active Directory that contains some on-premises resources (such as file shares and printers), you can give your Azure AD-joined devices access to these resources by following the steps here: Access on-premises resources from an Azure AD-joined device in Microsoft 365 for business.
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As a Microsoft 365 for business admin, you have access to our customer support team: Contact support for business products - Admin Help
Microsoft 365 for business documentation and resources (link page)
Manage Microsoft 365 for business (article)
Migrate to Microsoft 365 for business (article)
Microsoft 365 for business training videos (link page)