The Office 365 Productivity Features

By Rosemarie Withee, Ken Withee, Jennifer Reed

Part of Office 365 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Office 365 service offering from Microsoft encompasses several productivity technologies that have been woven together to provide a seamless solution in the cloud for a modern workplace. Use this reference to get an overview of the four key technologies in Office 365 and understand how they enhance collaboration in the workplace.

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SharePoint Online SharePoint Online serves as the platform for team- and project-focused collaboration needs. The intranet capabilities in SharePoint Online deliver capabilities in a way that harnesses the collective knowledge of the people in the organization to not only inform and engage employees, but also to transform business processes.
Exchange Online The technology that ensures email lands in your mailbox in Outlook, captures appointments and meetings in your calendar, lets you stay in touch with your contacts, and helps you stay organized with tasks, is a service in Office 365 called Exchange Online. This service also powers your web-based email and provides a robust layer of security to safeguard data in Office 365.
Microsoft Teams Teams is a digital hub for teamwork. It is a persistent chat-based workspace that incorporates all the bells and whistles of modern collaboration: chats, meetings, audio conferencing, web conferencing, file sharing, social media–like interactions, third-party tool integration, and even the addition of a chatbots to help you get work done!
Office Online Office Online is the cloud version of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. The apps allow users to create high-quality documents, simultaneously make changes to the documents with coauthors, and share these documents from a browser without the need for the desktop application. With an internet connection and a browser running most common devices, you can edit your documents and even quickly pick up from where you left off in your last session.