Set up an Office 365 Trial

An Office 365 tutorial by Peter Kalmström

Office 365 logoIn the first demo in the Office 365 from Scratch series Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer of Business Solutions, shows how to set up a trial of the Office 365 Enterprise E5 edition. The steps are similar for other editions of Office 365.

It is a web based platform so you need to start in a web browser.

These are the steps to set up an Office 365 Enterprise E5 trial:
  1. Type the web address in the address bar.
  2. On the Office Online page, click on 'Products' and select 'Enterprise' from the dropdown.
  3. Click on the Compare plans & pricing button.
  4. Click on the 'Free trial' button under the 'Office 365 Enterprise E5' option.
  5. Select country and fill out your name, business email address and phone number and the company name.
  6. Select how many employees your company has. This does not affect what features you will have access to, as this was decided when you selected the subscription plan.
  7. Click on Just one more step.
  8. Enter a user name. Note that this name cannot be changed later. You can create new users, but they will all have the domain you decide on here, unless you create another account with a new domain, of course.
  9. Enter a password.
  10. Check or uncheck boxes to decide if and how you want to be contacted by Microsoft.
  11. Click on Create my account.
  12. To prove that you are not a robot, you need to give a telephone number for a call or text message. Click on 'Text me/Call me'.
  13. Enter the verification code and click on 'Next'.
  14. Now the trial account is created. It may take 15 minutes before SharePoint is set up, but other parts of Office 365 can be reached as soon as you see your log in details and the text 'You're ready to go' on the screen. Click on that text to continue.
  15. Even if all services are not set up yet, you can now install the Office 2016 desktop apps or start adding users to the new Office 365 tenant.

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