If you use Outlook every day to deal with email you may not be familiar with how to logon to the web version of Outlook called Outlook Anywhere. Outlook Anywhere can be very useful if you do not have access to your usual computer and need to check your email. All it takes is a few easy steps. You will need one very important piece of information though – your Office 365 password. This may be the same as the password you use to logon to your computer in the office or it may be different.
If you have never been advised of an Office 365 password then it’s probably the same as your Windows account that you normally use to logon to your computer. Open your web browser and type portal.office.com in the address bar. You will be presented with the Office 365 logon screen. Type in your email address in the first field, and your password where indicated. If you don’t know your password you can click the ‘Can’t access your account?’ link where you’ll be taken through a series of steps to make sure you own the account before finally resetting the password. When you have successfully logged in you will see something like this
Click on ‘Mail’ and you will be taken to the web version of Outlook. This is a surprisingly functional web version of the Outlook you use on your computer and can be very useful for quick emails. You can even set up an ‘Out of Office’ reply if you forgot to do that before leaving the office. You can do a lot more than just read mail when logged in to Office 365. The icons you see will depend upon the subscription type, but those shown above are typical for a business account. The online versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint can be particularly useful for viewing or editing documents that you have previously saved in OneDrive for Business.