07 november 2022 

Office 365: System requirements

Office 365: System requirements



In this blog you can read whether your system meets the requirements of Office 365 to be able to use it. If you have a MacOS device we refer you to this special blog.

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Below you can find the system requirements by component for using Microsoft 365 Family and Microsoft 365 personal at the time of writing (5-1-2022).

Processor

If you're using a Windows operating system, you need at least a 1.6GHz or faster dual-core processor.

Memory

When using a 64-bit Windows OS system the minimum memory requirement is 4GB RAM. When using a 32-bit system this requirement is only 2GB of RAM. For MacOS there is also a minimum working memory of 4GB RAM.

Hard drive

When using a Windows operating system you need 4GB of available disk space on your hard drive.


Display

If you are using a Windows operating system you need a screen resolution of at least 1280 x 768 px, higher is always possible. If you are using a 32-bit system you need hardware acceleration if you want to run 4K resolution. For the web apps the same limitations apply.

Graphic card

When you use a Windows operating system you do not specifically need a graphics card. However, if you want to use graphic hardware acceleration, you must have DirectX 9 or higher, which also has WDDM requirements.

Operating system

Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2016 all support Microsoft 365. You can read here whether Microsoft 365 works on MacOS.

Browser

There are no strict browser requirements. Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome and Mozilla FireFox are all compatible with Office 365 and Microsoft 365.

Specific requirements for certain functions

An active internet connection is required for all internet functions and cloud activities. You need an Internet connection for installation and activation.

You need a Microsoft account to activate your license.


Below are the system requirements by component for using Microsoft 365 for Business, Education and Government at the time of writing (5-1-2022). If you are unsure, please check Microsoft's own website carefully.

Processor

When using a Windows operating system you need at least a 1.6GHz or faster dual-core processor. When using Skype for Business a clock speed of 2GHz or more is recommended.

Memory

If you are using a 64-bit Windows OS system then the minimum memory requirement is 4GB of RAM. When you are using a 32-bit system this requirement is only 2GB of RAM. For MacOS there is also a minimum working memory of 4GB RAM.

Hard drive

When using a Windows operating system you need 4GB of available disk space on your hard drive. When using MacOS you need at least 10GB of available disk space on a disk with the APFS format.

Display

If you are using a Windows operating system you need a screen resolution of at least 1280 x 800 px, higher is always possible. If you are using a 32-bit system, you need hardware acceleration if you want to run at 4K resolution. For the web apps these limitations apply.

Graphic card

When you use a Windows operating system you do not specifically need a graphics card. However, if you want to use graphical hardware acceleration you must have DirectX 9 or higher, which also has WDDM requirements. For Skype for Business there are additional requirements.

Operating system

Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2016 all support Microsoft 365.

 Whether Microsoft 365 works on MacOS can be read here.

Browser

There are no strict browser requirements. Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome and Mozilla FireFox are all compatible with Office 365 and Microsoft 365.

Specific requirements for certain functions

For Microsoft Teams and online meetings, a processor with 2.0Ghz clock speed and more than 4GB RAM working memory is recommended.

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