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How to use Windows 10
Whether you’ve had to adjust your schedule or work style, Windows 10 has the tools and features to help you get things done.
Buying a Windows 10 PC
New computers are fast, powerful and reliable. Modern computers feature some of the latest innovations. Find the right one for you.
Get support
Need assistance with Windows 10? Browse FAQs and forums or contact customer support via phone or chat. Get what you need to resolve your issue quickly.

You can count on Windows 10
People all over the world depend on Windows 10 for many different reasons. Here are a handful of things we’re proud to keep on delivering.
Get things done
Windows 10 has innovations from touch screen2 support to features that help you focus and create.
All-encompassing security included
Windows 10 comes with a comprehensive suite of antivirus, firewall, ransomware and Internet features, built-in with no extra cost to you.
New games for family night
There’s a wide variety of games available on Windows 10—the most popular PC gaming platform on the planet.

Windows 10 for each of us
Whether you have a disability, a personal preference, or a unique work style, Windows 10 adapts to you.


Need a larger screen? A brighter screen? A narrator to read text? Find out about accessibility tools and features for people who are blind, colour blind or have low vision.


For those who are hard of hearing, have hearing loss, or have deafness, our specialised features can provide solutions including closed captioning, mono sound and live call transcription.


Innovative tools such as dictation and Windows Hello sign-in can make the digital world more accessible for those who live with dyslexia, seizures, autism or other cognitive differences.


Our applications for people living with learning disabilities can help increase focus, concentration and understanding—and include tools to improve reading and writing skills.


Our suite of products helps people living with arthritis, quadriplegia, spinal cord injuries and other mobility issues to navigate the digital world in non-traditional ways.
Make the most of your Microsoft 365
Premium Office apps, extra cloud storage, advanced security, and more, all in one convenient subscription.
Bring your ideas to life
Choose from thousands of curated stock images, icons and fonts to add your own flair quickly and beautifully.
Organise your time
Manage multiple calendars in one view, sort through emails quickly with Focused Inbox, and use Suggested Replies to instantly hit send and move on.
Sharing made simple
Share OneDrive documents from your PC or mobile device and let friends, classmates, or family view, make suggestions, edit, or collaborate in real time.
Protect what’s important
Get 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage. That’s 300,000 photos, plus all your documents,4 that you can access, edit and share across all your devices—all while knowing your files are backed up and protected.
Compare Windows 10 Home vs. Pro
Find the right fit for your needs. Whether it’s Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro, see which version is better for you.
The best Windows yet keeps getting better
Windows 10 is fundamentally fast and familiar, safe and secure, and has features that allow you to be more creative and productive.
Windows 10 Pro works for you
If you run a small business and want enhanced functionality, Windows 10 Pro is designed for how you work.
Microsoft 365 Family

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For PC, Mac, iOS and Android


1 TB cloud storage per person


For up to 6 people

Share your subscription with up to 5 other people in your family. Includes premium Office apps, 6 TB of cloud storage (1 TB per person) and advanced security for email and files.*
With Microsoft 365 Family you and the people you share with can:

• Get design and writing suggestions, plus thousands of templates, stock photos, icons, and fonts in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Access and share files and photos across devices with OneDrive
• Know files are protected with built-in ransomware detection and recovery; your most important files are protected with two-step verification in OneDrive Personal Vault
• Gain access to new features as soon as they’re released
• Contact support via chat or phone at no extra cost throughout your subscription
*App availability varies by device/language. Features vary by platform.
Key benefits
It’s possible to run your life like a pro with premium productivity apps, extra cloud storage, advanced security, and more, all in one convenient subscription.
For up to 6 people
Bring your ideas to life
Bring your ideas to life
Bring your ideas to life

Premium apps included


Additional benefits
Premium creative content

Access an extended collection of royalty-free creative content, including templates, stock photos, icons and fonts.

AI-powered creative tools

Get helpful design and writing suggestions to polish your work.

OneDrive PC folder backup

Automatically back up your Desktop, Documents and Pictures folders on your Windows PC, keeping your files safe and easy to transfer to another PC

OneDrive ransomware detection & recovery

Protect your files and photos against digital attacks.

Outlook.com premium email service

Protect your emails with message encryption and removal of dangerous attachments and add personalisation with a custom email domain name.

Access (PC only)

Easily create and manage databases for projects, large or small.

Publisher (PC only)

Create everything from simple greetings cards and labels to professional newsletters and posters.


Streamline IT tasks and boost system performance

Computer and processor
1.6 gigahertz (GHz) or faster, dual-core
Operating System
Windows 10, Windows 8.1
For the best experience, use the latest version of any operating system specified above
2 GB RAM (32-bit)
Hard Disk
Hard Disk 4.0 GB of available disk space
1280×768 screen resolution
Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX 9 or later, with WDDM 2.0 or higher for Windows 10 (or WDDM 1.3 or higher for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update).
.NET version
Some features may require .NET 3.5 or 4.6 and higher to also be installed
Computer and processor
Intel processor
Operating System
The three most recent versions of macOS
For the best experience, use the latest version of any operating system specified above
Hard Disk
10 GB of available disk space. HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended or APFS)
1280×800 screen resolution
No graphics requirements
Computer and processor
ARM-based or Intel x86
Operating System
The last four major versions of Android
For the best experience, use the latest version of any operating system specified above
Computer and processor
Operating System
The two most recent versions of iOS
For the best experience, use the latest version of any operating system specified above

Find the right solution for you
For Home:
Up to 6 people
1 person
1 PC/Mac
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote1 Work offline and apply advanced formatting with powerful desktop apps
Up to 6 people
1 person
1 PC/Mac
OneDrive cloud storage
Back up and access your files and photos across your devices. Save your Office documents to OneDrive to enable AutoSave and easy sharing.
Up to 6 TB(1 TB per person)
1 person
Bring your email and calendars together in one desktop app.
AI-powered creative tools
Get helpful design and writing suggestions with features like Designer, Ideas, and the new Microsoft Editor.
Premium creative content
Access an extended collection of royalty-free creative content, including templates, stock photos, icons, and fonts.
OneDrive Advanced Security
Know your files are protected with built-in ransomware detection and recovery2 and use two-step identity verification to access your most important files in OneDrive Personal Vault.
Works on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android
Use on your favorite devices at home or on the go.
Access to the latest updates
Stay ahead of the curve with access to the latest features as soon as they’re released.
Special partner offers
Access to new and unique benefits from several Microsoft partners.
Ongoing technical support
Get help via chat or phone at no extra cost throughout your subscription.
For Business:
Web and mobile versions of Office apps
Web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote
Plus a web version of Outlook
Plus a web version of Outlook
Plus a web version of Outlook
Always up-to-date versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for iOS and Android on up to 5 mobile devices and 5 tablets
Plus Outlook
Plus Outlook
Plus Outlook
Real-time coauthoring so multiple users can work in the same document, simultaneously.
Email and calendaring
Email hosting with 50 GB mailbox
Use your own custom domain name (for example, yourname@yourcompany.com)
Business-class email on mobile devices, tablets, desktops, and the web with Exchange
Manage your calendar, share available meeting times, schedule meetings, and get reminders.
Schedule meetings and respond to invitations with ease using shared calendars.
Set up new user emails, restore deleted accounts, create custom scripts, and more from anywhere
Teamwork and communication
Host online meetings and video calls for up to 250 people with Microsoft Teams
Chat with your team from your desktop or on the go with Microsoft Teams.
Bring together all your team’s chats, meetings, files, and apps so you can easily connect and collaborate from one place with Microsoft Teams.
Create team sites to share information, content, and files throughout your intranet using SharePoint.
File storage and sharing
1 TB of OneDrive storage for file storage and sharing
Work on a file and save it directly to OneDrive or SharePoint; your changes are updated across your synced devices
Share files with external contacts by providing access or guest links
Securely share documents and send emails so only those with the right permissions can access the information
Access and sync files on PC or Mac and mobile devices
Security and compliance
Protect your email against spam, malware, and known threats with Exchange Online Protection
Meets key international, regional, and industry-specific standards and terms, with more than 1,000 security and privacy controls
Control who and when someone has access to your business information with security groups and custom permissions
Create password policies that require users to reset their passwords after a specified number of days.
Support and deployment
Around the clock phone and online support
99.9 percent uptime guarantee
Maximum number of users
Licensed for commercial use.
Tools to build and manage your business
Plan schedules and daily tasks with Microsoft Teams
Make it easier for your customers to schedule and manage appointments with Microsoft Bookings.
Desktop versions of Office apps for PC and Mac
Fully installed and always up-to-date versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote for Windows or Mac (plus Access and Publisher for PC only)
Each user can install the Office apps on up to 5 PCs or Macs
Advanced threat protection
Help protect against sophisticated threats hidden in email attachments and links, and get cutting-edge defenses against zero-day threats, ransomware, and other advanced malware attempts with Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection
Remotely wipe company data from lost or stolen devices with selective wipe from Intune
Restrict the copying or saving of company information to unauthorized apps and locations with app protection for Office mobile apps
Control who has access to company information by applying restrictions like do not copy and do not forward with Information Rights Management
Apply policies that provide prebreach threat resistance in Windows 10 with Windows Defender Exploit Guard.
Enforce malware protection to help keep your Windows 10 devices safe from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software with Windows Defender.
Enable unlimited cloud archive and long-term preservation policies to ensure you never lose an email with Exchange Online Archiving.
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Configure security features and settings on Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices running iOS or Android with an easy-to-use setup wizard.
Use simplified controls to manage policies applied to Windows 10 PCs.
Automatically deploy the Office apps to Windows 10 PCs.
Configure your PCs to automatically install Office and Windows 10 updates.
Apply security policies to protect business data on all your devices, including iOS, Android, and Windows PCs with mobile device management from Intune.

Top questions
What is the difference between Office 2019 (one-time purchase) and Microsoft 365 (subscription)?
Office 2019 is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to get Office apps for one computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs and Macs. However, there are no upgrade options which means if you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you’ll have to buy it at full price.

Microsoft 365 is a subscription that includes the most collaborative, up-to-date features in one seamless, integrated experience. Microsoft 365 includes the robust Office desktop apps that you’re familiar with, like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. You also get extra online storage and cloud-connected features that let you collaborate on files in real time. With a subscription, you’ll always have the latest features, fixes and security updates along with ongoing tech support at no extra cost. You can choose to pay for your subscription on a monthly or yearly basis, and the Microsoft 365 Family plan lets you share your subscription with your family for up to 6 people, and use your apps on multiple PCs, Macs, tablets and phones.
I'm an existing O365 subscriber. What does this mean for me?
This means that your Office 365 subscription will automatically be renamed to Microsoft 365. Get everything you love about Office 365, plus the additional benefits as they are released, all at the same price. No action is needed at your end. Changes will begin from 21 April 2020.
How do I know if my PC or Mac can run Microsoft 365?
Microsoft 365 is compatible with PC, Mac, Android and iOS. See system requirements for compatible versions of your devices, and for other feature requirements.
Will Microsoft 365 be identical on a PC and on a Mac?
No. Microsoft 365’s applications are tailored for each platform and each operating system. The applications available for Mac users and the specific features included may be different from those available for PC users. With Microsoft 365, you can be flexible. With your account, you are not limited to exclusively Mac or exclusively PC, so you can transition across devices.
Do I keep control of my documents with a Microsoft 365 subscription?
Yes. Documents that you have created belong fully to you. You can choose to store them online on OneDrive or locally on your PC or Mac.
Is internet access required for Microsoft 365?
Internet access is required to install and activate all the latest releases of apps and services included in all Microsoft 365 subscription plans. Note that if you are an existing subscriber, you do not need to reinstall or purchase another subscription.

For Microsoft 365 plans, internet access is also needed to manage your subscription account, for example to install Office apps on other PCs or to change billing options. Internet access is also required to access documents stored on OneDrive, unless you install the OneDrive desktop app.

You should also connect to the internet regularly to keep your version of Microsoft 365 up to date and to benefit from automatic upgrades. If you do not connect to the internet at least every 31 days, your apps will go into reduced functionality mode, which means that you can view or print your documents but cannot edit the documents or create new ones. To reactivate your apps, simply reconnect to the internet.

You do not need to be connected to the internet to use the Office apps, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, because the apps are fully installed on your computer.
What is a Microsoft account and why do I need it for Microsoft 365?
Your Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and password that you use to sign in to services like OneDrive, Xbox LIVE and Outlook.com. If you use any of these services, you already have a Microsoft account that you can use or you can create a new account.

As part of signing up for a trial or purchasing Microsoft 365, you will be prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account. You must be signed in with this account to install and manage your Microsoft 365 subscription, or to use some subscription benefits, including OneDrive storage.
How many people can use a Microsoft 365 subscription?
You can share Microsoft 365 Family with 5 other people in your household, for a total of 6 users. Microsoft 365 Personal can be used by one person.
How do I share my subscription benefits with members of my family?
If you have an active Microsoft 365 Family subscription, you can share it with up to five members of your household. Each household member you share your subscription with can install Microsoft 365 on all their devices and sign in to five devices at the same time.
To add someone to your subscription, visit https://account.microsoft.com and follow the on-screen instructions to add a user. Each person you add will receive an email with the steps they need to follow. Once they have accepted and completed the steps, their information, including the installs they are using, will appear on their My Account page. You can stop sharing your subscription with someone or remove a device they are using at https://account.microsoft.com.
If I’m not paying for a subscription, what do I get for free?
Visit this page to learn more about free apps.