Understanding Office 365

Learn what you need to know about Office 365, a subscription-based version of Office 2013 from Microsoft.

All about Office 365

Office 365 is a subscription-based version of Office 2013. There are two versions of Office 365:

Both versions of Office 365 come with several features not included in the traditional Office suite. For example, you'll receive 20GB of additional online storage space through OneDrive, the ability to create and edit documents with Office mobile apps, and the option to install Office 2011 on Mac OS X computers.

You can visit our lesson on Buying Office 2013 to learn more about purchasing a subscription to Office 365.

OneDrive was previously called SkyDrive. There's nothing fundamentally different about the way OneDrive works; it's just a new name for an existing service. Over the next few months, you may still see SkyDrive in some Microsoft products.

Managing your Office 365 subscription

Because Office 365 requires an annual or monthly subscription fee, you'll need to be able to manage your account settings, including payment information.

To access your account settings:

  1. Navigate to www.office.com, then locate and select Sign in.

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  2. Enter your user name and password, then click Sign in.

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  3. Locate and select My Account.
  4. Your account settings will appear. From here, you'll be able to view and modify your Office 365 subscription, including the option to install Office on other computers and modify your payment options.

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