Set up Office 365 for business

Follow these five steps to get your business or nonprofit up and running with Office 365 Business Premium.

Not a business? See Set up for Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal.

These steps are for businesses and nonprofits that have the Office 365 Business Premium plan.

1. Sign up

  1. To sign up for an Office 365 business plan, go to the Office Products site and select Buy now.

  2. Choose the plan you want to sign up for, such as Office 365 Business Premium.

  3. Follow the steps to sign up for an Office 365 business plan and then add users and connect your domain.

More at Sign up for Office 365 Business Premium.

2. Install Office

To install the Office apps, go to the admin center at

If you're using Office 365 Germany, go to this admin center.

If you're using Office 365 operated by 21Vianet, go to this admin center.

  1. To start the wizard, select Go to setup.

  2. Under Install your Office apps, select Get started.

  3. Under Microsoft Office Professional Plus, select Install now.

  4. Choose your language, and then Install.

More at Install Office.

3. Set up Outlook for email

  1. On the Windows Start menu, search for Outlook, and select it.

    (If you're using a Mac, open Outlook from the toolbar or locate it using the Finder.)

    If you've just installed Outlook, on the Welcome page, select Next.

  2. Choose File > Info > Add Account.

  3. Enter your Office 365 email address and select Connect.

More at Set up Outlook for email.

4. Import email

If you were using Outlook with another email account, you can import your previous email, calendar, and contacts into your new Office 365 account.

  1. Export your old email

    In Outlook, choose File > Open & Export > Import/Export.

    Select Export to a File and then follow the steps to export your Outlook Data File (.pst) and any subfolders.

  2. Import your old email

    In Outlook, choose File > Open & Export > Import/Export again.

    This time, select Import from another program or file and follow the steps to import the backup file you created when you exported your old email.

More at Import email with Outlook.

5. Use a public website

Office 365 doesn't include a public website for your business. If you want to set one up, consider using a Microsoft partner, such as GoDaddy or WIX.

  1. From the admin center, go to Resources, and then select Public website.

  2. Select Learn more under one of the options, and then sign up with a website partner and use their tools to set up and design your site.

More at Use a public website.

Need help? We're here for you!

Admins, have your account details ready when you call Microsoft Support.

In the United States, call 1 800 865 9408.
In Australia, call 1 800 197 503.
In Canada, call 1 800 865 9408.
In the United Kingdom, call 0800 032 6417.

For other countries, see Contact support for business products - Admin Help.