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Create an Office 365 trial tenant

You want to create mailboxes in Exchange Online and use Office 365. Before you can do that, you have to setup an Office 365 tenant and configure the tenant after that. The good thing is that you can create an Office 365 tenant without credit card and with a 30-day free trial, including 25 licenses. In this article, we will set up an Office 365 tenant step by step.

Create an Office 365 trial tenant

It’s great that you can create an Office 365 tenant trial for 30 days before you start paying for the licenses. Only great products come with free trials.

Start your favorite web browser and go to the Office 365 E3 product page. Click on Free trial.

Note: You don’t need a credit card to create an Office 365 tenant trial.

Create Office 365 trial tenant

You will create the Office 365 tenant in four steps, and you can start to configure the Office 365 tenant.

Step 1. Set up your account

Enter the email address that you want to configure with Office 365. Click Next.

Don’t worry; it will not immediately configure your domain. It’s just a check if that email address is already configured with Office 365.

Set up account email address

Click on Set up account.

Create Office 365 new account

Step 2. Tell us about yourself

Fill in the information. Click Next.

Office 365 tenant tell us about yourself

Click Send verification code to verify your phone number.

Create Office 365 tenant phone number verification

Enter the verification code. Click Verify.

Verify verification code

Step 3. Create your business identity

Fill in the username and domain name. Try to use the same domain name as your primary domain that you will configure later. Click Next.

Create Office 365 tenant business identity

Microsoft is creating the Office 365 tenant account. Wait for it to finish.

Step 4. You’re all set

That’s it. You did sign up for an Office 365 tenant. Click on Get Started.

Sign up Office 365 E3 trial finished

The Microsoft 365 admin center page shows up.

Microsoft 365 admin center

You can always reach the Microsoft 365 admin center page by going directly to Make sure to bookmark the page, as you will use it many more.

In the next article, we will add a domain to Office 365 tenant.


You learned how to create an Office 365 tenant. It’s a straightforward setup with four steps to set you a brand new Office 365 tenant. After the setup completes, you will carry on to the Microsoft 365 admin center.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. From your screenshot I can see that this is the old way.

    Also, previously, you could renew a trial, even past the 1 month timeframe (about a further 21 days) and without a credit card on file the extended trial would keep working for another 1 month + 28 days before being disabled. So a total of around 110 days of trial, per product.

    Now this new policy which requires a valid credit card on file, locks you into an annual subscription if you don’t cancel the trial within the 28/30/31 days!!!

      1. Just found this out the hard way. Just signed up for an E3 trial just to learn and practice for some certs and the last page makes you add payment info. I can’t find any way to skip it. What a drag.

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