Your Microsoft Account Now Important More Than Ever
The nature of Microsoft Office has changed significantly over the years, however the consistency of the user interface despite the changes makes some new features subtle and unnoticeable for most Office end users. One important change introduced in Office 2013 is the need for you to login using your Microsoft Account. While most users would ignore the login popup when it appears in your 2013 Microsoft Word or Powerpoint for example, taking the time to login gives you access to some powerful features and tools worth considering!
Many of the new features in Office 2013 are geared toward saving and sharing files online. To use these features, you’ll need to get a free Microsoft account(previously called a Windows Live ID) if you don’t already have one. You can then log in to your Microsoft account to access your OneDrive, which is an online storage space for your documents and other files.
Benefits of using a Microsoft account
Here are a few of the things you’ll be able to do with your Microsoft account:
- Access your files anywhere: You can save files to your OneDrive, so you’ll be able to access them from any computer that has an internet connection. This also helps to keep your files safe if anything happens to your computer.
- Edit documents in your web browser: If you’re using a computer that doesn’t have Microsoft Office, you can use Office Online (previously known as Office Web Apps) to edit documents in your browser for free. Office Online includes simplified versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
- Share files: It’s easy to share your OneDrive files with friends or coworkers. You can choose whether they can edit or just read the files. This option is great for collaboration because multiple people can edit a document at the same time (also known as co-authoring).
To sign in to Office 2013:
When you use Office for the first time, it will ask you to sign in to your Microsoft account. However, if you don’t sign in at that time, you can always sign in later.
- In the upper-right corner, click Sign in.
- Type your email address and then click Sign in.
- Click on the Password field.
- Type your password and then click Sign in.
- Your account name will now appear in the upper-right corner.
So you can see that there are benefits in linking your Microsoft Account to your Office 2013 installation. With later versions of Office and other Microsoft products, your Microsoft Account will increasingly become important in helping you to have a consistent experience of Microsoft products across multiple devices and platforms, hence its essential to memorize your Microsoft Account details all the time. To learn more about the new features available in Microsoft Office 2013 and beyond sign up for any of our Instructor-led classroom or self-paced virtual Microsoft Office 2013 courses available at LGIT Smart Solutions a 2015 Microsoft Learning Partner of The Year. Contact us today to make a booking!