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Article – Microsoft Office 365 Desktop Setup

With the introduction of Office 365, I see lot of customers are very interested on moving to the Cloud. If we look at the industry today, majority of customers have any form of Cloud presence – Public, Private or Hybrid.

Some customers have gone completely into either public or private cloud and some are still use both on-premise and online with Hybrid model. No matter which deployment it is, it support content access and collaboration using any devices including Mobile, Tab, Laptop and Desktop.

When we use any platform, first we need to make sure that we meet minimum software requirements for the particular platform in order to unlock full feature set and  there no excuse for Office 365 as well. Office 365 team simplifies our process of getting your desktop configured with minimum software requirements with an automated installation process called Office 365 Desktop Setup.

Office 365 Desktop Setup is an installer that checks for and provides important software updates to keep your system synchronized with Office 365. These updates provide seamless integration and better user experience with Office 365.

Office 365 Desktop Setup helps you to meet following software requirements:

  • Client Operating System – Windows XP SP3 with IE 7 or Windows Visa SP2 or Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Client Office version – 2007 Office system SP2 or Office 2010

After you have signed in to the Office 365 portal for the first time, you should run the Desktop Setup on your computer. If you are working on multiple devices, make sure run Desktop Setup on all those devices.

How to run Microsoft Office 365 Desktop Setup?

  1. Sign in to the Office 365 portal using your Microsoft Online Services ID. URL for Office 365 portal is
  2. In the right side pane, under Resources, click Downloads.
  3. Downloads page provides 3 steps for Installing Office Professional Plus, Installing Lync and Running Office 365 Desktop Setup.
  4. Got to Step 3 - Set up and configure your Office desktop apps, and click Setup.
  5. It prompts you for asking privileges to download and run Desktop Setup, and click Run.
  6. Desktop Setup will be downloaded.
  7. Once Office 365 Desktop Setup started, you need to sign in using your Microsoft Online Services ID.
  8. Once you are logged in, Desktop Setup will start checking the configuration of your desktop against minimum software requirements for Office 365.
  9. It then prompts you with the updated required and you can select which updates you need to install depending on the services your organization has subscribed for. Select the updates you wish to install, and click Continue.
  10. You are then prompted to accept license agreement. click I accept.
  11. Microsoft Office 365 Desktop Setup will start installing and configuring the updates based on your selection. This may take a few minutes. Get some rest Smile.
  12. Once installation and configuration is finished, it shows following screen with the name of the component installed/ configured and the status. And if there are any additional manual configuration required, following screen also will provide links to TechNet or MSDN articles.

Now you have installed and configured your desktop with minimum software requirements to enjoy Office 365.

Enjoy Office 365 Smile.

Posted by Joy

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    more on this topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Kudos!

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