Comprehensive walkthrough guide to Microsoft's Office 365 cloud suite

Comprehensive walkthrough guide to Microsoft's Office 365 cloud suite

Summary: Gallery: A full, comprehensive look at the three core features of the upcoming Office 365: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.

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Until today, though prices and features of Office 365 have already been announced and covered in great depth, the service itself has been shrouded mostly in 'beta mystery'.

Many have signed up for the limited beta, to try out the services for their organisation before general release, but little has actually been seen of the suite of products, designed to 'cloudify' your business.

Office 365 comprises of three core cloud services: Exchange Online, for email, calendar and task management, SharePoint Online for shared collaborative workspaces and a company website, and evolved Lync Online which provides a voice and instant messaging communications platform.

But for so long, the secrets of what Office 365 comprises of actually looks like, we can now take a first hand, head first dive into the series of cloud applications in a series of screenshot and photo galleries.

Gallery 1: Exchange Online and the 'out of box' experience

This gallery walks you through the 'out of box' experience from the moment you receive your password through your email, to setting up and using your Exchange-based cloud inbox.

Gallery 2: SharePoint Online and the cloud-based website

A walkthrough the collaborative SharePoint Online experience, as well the Office Web Apps and the the editing and creation of your cloud-based corporate website.

Gallery 3: An in depth first look at Lync Online

Lync, the new cloud-based communications platform for voice and instant messaging, and how it integrates as part of your business. Includes a look at the web-based Lync Web App.

Gallery 4: The 'behind the scenes' administration console

Office 365 needs to be administered from somewhere, and here it is. This dashboard gives you a whole plethora of options to configure and manage your cloud-based organisation.

Office 365 is expected to be widely available later this year, and will replace the current Microsoft BPOS offering.

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Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Software

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  • Are you looking to migrate to Office 365?

    Is there enough here to wet your appetite, or does it lack lustre? Is there anything you specifically want to see in Office 365, or are you aiming to set up shop for a school, college or university and looking for something different?
    zwhittaker
    • RE: Comprehensive walkthrough guide to Microsoft's Office 365 cloud suite

      @zwhittaker - am loving Office365. Key reasons to love it for me are:

      1) MUCH improved OWA
      2) Online versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint - while most of my machines have Office installed, this is a godsend for all the machines without Office installed
      3) ALL the Exchange 2010 goodness, especially threaded conversations.
      4) Sharepoint 2010 is a HUGE improvement over previous version.
      5) Lync - a COLOSSAL improvement over LiveMeeting + Messenger.

      This really is a no-brainer upgrade for almost any business.
      bitcrazed
      • RE: Comprehensive walkthrough guide to Microsoft's Office 365 cloud suite

        @bitcrazed I'm not one for product endorsements, but I agree with everything you've said, to be honest.
        zwhittaker
  • When you see this you have to admit

    Google is officially pwned
    hubivedder
    • RE: Comprehensive walkthrough guide to Microsoft's Office 365 cloud suite

      @hubivedder Not until the Justice department slams MSFT down for anti-trust violations again.
      MSFTWorshipper
      • Why would they do that?

        @MSFTWorshipper
        John Zern
  • RE: Comprehensive walkthrough guide to Microsoft's Office 365 cloud suite

    No thank you.
    james347
    • That's right, stick with your iWorks

      @james347
      at least you'll have a believable excuse for not getting any work done: "It's not good enough, boss."
      John Zern
  • IT and Cloud

    It's good to know the days of the Desktop IT Administrator are numbered...
    jessiethe3rd
  • RE: Comprehensive walkthrough guide to Microsoft's Office 365 cloud suite

    "comprises of" is a tautology. Use comprises (consists of).
    palavering
  • ..

    ..
    rmac_z
  • RE: Comprehensive walkthrough guide to Microsoft's Office 365 cloud suite

    comprises = correct
    consists of = correct
    comprises of = incorrect
    Pugwash_z