As an admin for Office 365, you’ll want to make sure your users’ current Office desktop applications work with Office 365. When you set up your users’ desktops, you apply updates and configure Office desktop applications, such as Outlook, to work with Office 365.
You can be sure that your users’ desktop computers are ready to use with Office 365 by doing one of the following:
- Have your users update and configure their own desktops. The article, Use my Office desktop applications with Office 365, provides step-by-step instructions for how to do this.
- Manually install updates and configure desktop applications for your users.
What do you want to do?
Distribute Office updates
By manually setting up your users’ computers to work with Office 365, you can choose the best time to update and configure your infrastructure, you can complete the task in stages, and you can save bandwidth during peak business hours.
To learn about manually distributing product updates for Office 2010 and the Office 2007 system, see the following:
Manually install Office 365 desktop updates
After you install Office 365 desktop updates and configure desktop apps for your users, they will be able to:
- Send email from Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010
- Save files directly to SharePoint Online from their Office desktop apps
See Software requirements for Office 365 for business for more details.
Manually configure desktop applications
This section includes information and steps for manually configuring Outlook, Lync (Lync: An Office program that provides instant messaging, a contact list, audio and video conversations, online meetings, desktop sharing, and more.), and SharePoint Online.
For the procedure to manually configure Outlook for your users, see Connect Outlook to This Account.
Important If you want to use your own domain name instead of the namespace you received when you signed up for Office 365, before you configure Outlook you’ll need to create a CNAME record at the DNS hosting service for your domain. For more information, see Enable Outlook to Connect.
If your users have been provisioned for Lync (Lync: An Office program that provides instant messaging, a contact list, audio and video conversations, online meetings, desktop sharing, and more.) and they currently have Office Communicator subscriptions, you can manually configure Lync (Lync: An Office program that provides instant messaging, a contact list, audio and video conversations, online meetings, desktop sharing, and more.) for those users. You can do this by modifying the following Office Communicator registry settings for each provisioned user. In the Registry Editor, go to:
- Set ServerSIPURI to a string value of the user’s SIP proxy address
- Set ConfigurationMode to a dword value of 0
- Delete the ServerAddressInternal string
- Delete the ServerAddressExternal string
- Delete the ServerUserName string
Configure SharePoint Online
If your users have been provisioned for SharePoint Online and they have Windows Internet Explorer 7, Windows Internet Explorer 8, or Windows Internet Explorer 9 installed on their computers, you can manually configure SharePoint Online for those users. You can do this by modifying the following SharePoint Online registry settings for each provisioned user. In the Registry Editor, go to:
- Add a key for the SharePoint Online domain.
- Add a subkey to the newly added domain key for your company’s SharePoint Online home site.
- Add a dword named https and set it to a value of 2.
The SharePoint Online Host Name is added to the Trusted Sites zone in Internet Explorer after you have modified the registry settings.
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