Students can now sign in to Office 365 with their Google credentials

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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This year seems to be productive one for Microsoft because the company is launching new products and improving the existing ones.

Recently, Microsoft released updates for its educational apps and services. The tech giant aims to help educators and students with updates for OneNote, Minecraft Education Edition and more. 

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Now, the company announced a new feature for Office 365 users. The simpler sign-on feature simplifies the sign-in process for education customers. In other words, students can use their Google credentials to sign in to Microsoft Office 365.

Today many schools in the US use Google services. These schools wanted to use Google apps along with some Office 365 apps.

However, it was difficult for their students to remember two separate passwords for both Microsoft and Google accounts.


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Microsoft decided to ease the problem for those students based on the feedback. They can now use their Google credentials to sign in to Immersive Reader and OneNote.

Microsoft explains the feature in its blog post.

So, we’ve built a new solution that we affectionally call “simpler sign-on”, featuring a tailor-made version of our popular Office Online extension for the Chrome browser.  With simpler sign-on, once you sign in to your school’s Chromebook, you can be automatically signed in to Office 365 in just two clicks, without retyping a username or password.  And there’s no need for you or your students to do any special configuration, because your IT admin can set it all up for you.  We’ll even help them get going for free!

The new feature is part of Microsoft’s efforts to encourage the Education community to use its products and services. The company says this is “A new step in bringing Microsoft tools to Google schools“.

The simpler sign-on feature is currently in the preview period. If your students are also experiencing a similar situation, you can visit the Deployment Support page to join the waitlist.

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