Working with the Office 365 Suite of Products - dummies

Working with the Office 365 Suite of Products

By Rosemarie Withee, Ken Withee, Jennifer Reed

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 quickly get a handle on the four key technologies in Office 365, their purpose, and problems they are designed to solve.

Component Description
SharePoint Online The online version of SharePoint is a server technology designed to drive collaboration and communication in the workplace through its real-time coauthoring capabilities on documents stored in libraries. It also is a content management system (CMS) that helps streamline the process for creating and maintaining intranets and websites.
Exchange Online Exchange, Microsoft’s email server technology, is designed to securely manage enterprise emails, calendars, contacts, and tasks. Exchange Online simplifies the management and administration of this technology, as the heavy lifting associated with servers now is handled by Microsoft. This service allows users to synchronize their email, calendar, contacts, and tasks across many devices, as well as access web-based email where an Internet connection is available, without complicated corporate virtual private connections.
Skype for Business Skype for Business is the enterprise version of Skype, the popular consumer solution for communication and conferencing. It offers robust capabilities for instant messaging, scheduled and ad-hoc meetings, web conferencing, and even live broadcasting over the Internet. With Skype for Business, you can conduct online meetings while employing functionalities useful in a business setting, such as screen sharing, white board sessions, shared notes, and meeting recording. Meeting participants without Office 365 subscriptions can attend meetings through a web browser after installing a plug-in.
Office Professional Plus Office Professional Plus is the bundled collection of productivity applications used by over a billion information workers around the world. It includes Word for word processing, Excel for spreadsheets, PowerPoint for presentations, Outlook for emails, OneNote for digital notetaking, and Publisher for desktop publishing.