Microsoft 365 consists of several applications and almost all of them have an online and an offline version. Microsoft has made Quick Start Guides for every application. This guide refers you to the right Quick Start Guide for the application we use the most.


Outlook is Microsoft’s e-mail client and is available both online and offline. The online version has fewer features than the offline version but both do what they’re supposed to do: manage and compose e-mails, your calendar and your contacts. Good to know: general mailboxes (like info, training and admin) are shared mailboxes now. This has a big advantage: we don’t need to pay for a full license which won’t be used, but you have to add this shared mailbox to your own mailbox once. If you used such a mailbox before, you can find the instructions on how to add them here.

Note: you might have some difficulties adding your signature to your e-mails. A temporary solution is removing the Facebook and LinkedIn icons from your signature. You will receive a new signature template later this week which will also fit our corporate identity.


OneDrive is Microsoft’s file hosting service and, in our case, Google Drive’s substitute. Because OneDrive and Google Drive are very different, there have been a few changes. When you sign in to OneDrive, you will see two folders: “Fair & Sustainable Consulting” (it might show “Documenten” at first, but that should be replaced in a short while) and “From G Suite Drive”.

“Fair & Sustainable Consulting” (or “Documenten”) contains all shared files, just like in Google Drive. “From G Suite Drive” contains your own files that were not in the shared folder on Google Drive. Please note that these might be shared files nonetheless.


We all know Microsoft Word as Microsoft’s word processor (fun fact: the first version of it was released in 1983!). In Microsoft 365, it has an online and an offline version.


Excel is Microsoft’s spreadsheet application and has both an online and an offline version in Microsoft 365.


PowerPoint is a well known presentation program from Microsoft. It also has an online and an offline version.

You’re all set up!

If you’ve read all relevant guides, you should be able to use the basic functions of the Microsoft 365 applications.

Of course, these are not the only applications that come with Microsoft 365. If you want to learn more about Microsoft 365 applications, please click here to go to Microsoft’s website.