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Get started using Office 365, the Microsoft hosted collaboration and productivity suite that allows businesses and teams to email, collaborate on documents, and share calendars. Author David Rivers tours the subscription service, showing how to administer user accounts; share and collaborate with a team site; and manage mail, contacts, and calendars with the Outlook web app. The course also explains how to connect with colleagues using the instant messaging and social media features.
Well, before getting started with Office 365 and subscribing to the plan that best suits your needs, you want to be sure your computer, or computers, are going to meet the system requirements to run the subscription service properly. So, let's take a quick look at what you'll need, beginning with your Windows PC. To get the full Office 365 experience Microsoft recommends that customers meet these system requirements. Your processors needs to be 1 GHz or faster if it's x86. If you're going to be using a 64-bit machine you will want the 64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set.
As far as memory goes, you'll need 1GB of RAM on a 32-bit machine, 2GB of random access memory if you're on a 64-bit machine. Next is your monitor. It needs to be 1024 x 526 or higher resolution, and your operating system can be Windows 7, 8, or Windows 2008 R2 if it's got .NET 3.5 or later. You'll need a browser. Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10 will work. Firefox 10.X anything, or above, as well as Google Chrome 17 point anything, and above, and obviously you'll need an Internet connection.
Now if you're going to be running Office 365 on a Mac computer, Microsoft recommends that customers meet these system requirements. An Intel processor. You'll need at least 1 GB of RAM, same resolution for the monitor 1024 x 526, or higher. OS X needs to be 10.6 or later. And for your browser, Safari 5 will work, Firefox 10.x anything or above, as well as Google Chrome 17 point anything. And again, on your Mac, just like your Windows PC, you will need an Internet connection.
All right, now that we know what we need to run Office 365, it's time to dive right in and start using it.
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