Getting Started with Microsoft Office 365

Note: U-M Box and U-M Google are the recommended and supported services for collaboration at the university.

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

Log In to the Online Microsoft Office 365 Apps

Additional apps are available to download.

Other online apps available in U-M Office 365:

Using the Online Applications

Steps for using the Office 365 online applications:

  1. Go to
  2. At the Microsoft sign in prompt, enter your full U-M email address (i.e.,
  3. At the next screen, sign in using your UMICH password. Note: You will not use the U-M Weblogin screen.
  4. If you are enrolled in Duo, approve the Duo login prompt.
  5. You will then be taken to the Office 365 site where you can use a variety of online applications.

Downloading the Local Applications

Warning: These instructions should only be used for installing Office 365 apps on personal machines and not MiWorkspace managed machines. If you would like O365 installed on your MiWorkspace managed machine, please contact your Neighborhood IT or the ITS Service Center.

Steps for downloading and installing the Office 365 local applications:

  1. Go to
  2. At the next screen, sign in using with your uniqname and UMICH password.
  3. Select Install Office, located in the upper right of the page.
  4. Choose Office 365 apps.
  5. Follow the directions at the prompt.

For complete instructions on downloading, installing, and activating the local applications, see Microsoft's help

Additional Microsoft software can be purchased from the ITS Software Store (not part of U-M Office 365).

Note: If you choose to download and install the Office 365 applications to your personal device(s), you must follow the policies outlined in SPG 601.07 | Responsible Use of Information Resources. As a reminder, you will lose access to these applications when you lose your active affiliation with the university.