While I was away in Mexico my Office 365 Trial expired. When you sign up for Office 365 you get a 30 day trial right off the bat, and it’s essentially a free use and gives you access to all of the features. I’d highly recommend making use of it. However when your trial ends, you have a grace period, while the grace period talks about reduced functionality I was unable to determine what was reduced, everything was fully functional. From this point you have two options, buy a subscription or extend your trial. Again, I’d recommend simply extending your trial and getting an extra 30 days for free, you can do this once.
Extend your trial
- In the Admin section of Office 365, go to Billing > Subscriptions
- You will then see all of your subscriptions and if you hover over the expired or soon to be expired, the extend trial option will show
- Click it, and the next screen will list out the criteria for extending
- The next screen will require a credit card to renew your trial.
- And voila, your trial has been extended.
The 30/60/90 rule
There is generally a rule dubbed the 30/60/90 rule that you should be aware of for your trial and the most important part to understand and be aware of is what happens at the 90 day mark.
- During the first 30 days, your trial is officially active and everything works.
- From day 30 to 60, your data expired or extended will still be available and your Office 365 subscription will still function.
- At Day 90, your account will be deprovisioned and data will be deleted. Only the Office 365 Admin console will be available to administrators so they can purchase a subscription.
I seem to recall a question pertaining to this information on 70-346 exam…hint hint nudge nudge.