About the Sign In Application for Mac
Topic Last Modified: 2009-10-19
The Microsoft Online Services Sign In application is installed on your computer to provide a simple, single sign-in point for Microsoft Online Services.
The Sign In application provides:
- A single access point for services. Instead of signing in to each service separately, you can sign in to all your services at one time with the Sign In application, and then access your services any number of times during your sign-in session. Without the Sign In application, you would have to provide your user name and password each time you access a service. Each service that you can use is listed in the Sign In application so that you can click a service and access it. Your online services depend on the licenses that your company has assigned to you.
- Automatic configuration of applications. The Sign In application automatically configures applications on your computer that can work with Microsoft Online Services. If you have more than one version of an application, only the latest version is configured. This auto-configuration helps you use those applications with your online services. This saves time and trouble for you, and reduces support time for your service administrator. If necessary, you can manually reconfigure your applications at any time from the Sign In application.
- Password management. You can change your service password in the Sign In application. If your password expires, the Sign In application alerts you and offers the ways to update the password.
- Sign In options. You can set Preferences in the Sign In application to start the Sign In application automatically and sign you in each time you start your computer and also to alert you when a new version of the Sign In application or a new application configuration becomes available.
- Microsoft Online Services strongly recommends that you sign in to Microsoft Online Services through the Sign In application. Use of the services without being signed in through the Sign In application is not supported.
- You should install the Sign In application only on computers with Microsoft Online Services accounts. The Sign In application should not be installed on public computers such as those found in airports and libraries.
A service administrator might deploy the Sign In application directly to your computer or direct you to a location where you can install it yourself. One install point is the Downloads tab of My Company Portal. If you download the Sign In application from there, you must turn off the pop-up blocker in your browser.
To find the URL for My Company Portal, see URLs for Microsoft Online Services. After you install the Sign In application, you can reach My Company Portal by clicking the link in the Sign In application.