Getting Started With Microsoft Office 365

Note: U-M Google is the recommended and fully supported service for collaboration at the University of Michigan.

Caution: The use of OneNote has been known to cause significant problems when you leave the university (i.e., issues with the data extraction of notes). To avoid potential data loss, ITS recommends using Google Docs instead.

Log in to the Online Microsoft Office 365 Apps

Additional apps are available to download.

Using the Online Applications

To use the Microsoft 365 online applications:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your UMICH email address (i.e., [email protected]) at the Microsoft sign-in prompt.
  3. Sign in using your UMICH password on the next screen.
Note: You will not use U-M Weblogin to log in to U-M Microsoft 365. Look for the U-M Microsoft 365 logo to ensure you are logging in to the correct location.
  1. Authenticate with Duo two-factor authentication, if prompted.

You will be taken to the Microsoft 365 site, where you can use the various online applications available.

Notice: There is a known error involving U-M Microsoft Office 365 on Macs: "Your account [uniqname] doesn't allow editing on a Mac. To learn more, contact your admin about your Office plan." To learn how to fix this error, refer to Your Account Doesn't Allow Editing on a Mac (Office Error).

Downloading the Local Applications

Refer to Installing Office 365 Applications on Your Device for steps on how to download the apps to your computer.

Important: The above instructions should only be used for installing Office 365 productivity apps on personal devices and not MiWorkspace (MWS) managed machines. The Microsoft Office 365 productivity apps are available to all MiWorkspace (MWS) managed machines. If you are using an MWS Windows machine, you can self-install the apps from the Software Center. The apps should already be installed if you are using an MWS macOS machine.

If you would like Office 365 productivity apps installed on your MiWorkspace managed machine, please contact your Neighborhood IT or the ITS Service Center.