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Office 365 Public Beta: screenshots

Take a tour around the enterprise version of Microsoft's upcoming cloud-based business productivity platform.
By Simon Bisson, Contributor on
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Office 365's marketplace mixes tools and services, with support for third-party solution providers.

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You use the domain federation tools in Office 365 to connect Lync to public IM services.

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You'll need to enable domain federation to connect Lync to other businesses: we'd recommend connecting only to whitelisted domains.

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The Office 365 SharePoint service is just like any on-premises SharePoint installation — minus a handful of features. 

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Office 365 includes self-service tools so users can work with their own mail accounts, seeing just how much space they have left, and how to connect other mail clients to their accounts.

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Log on as a user, and you'll see a basic start page that gives quick access to web mail and SharePoint team sites, as well as download links for applications. You'll also find help in setting up a desktop PC to work with the Office 365 service.

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If you've used Outlook Web Apps with on-premises Exchange, then you'll find the online OWA that's part of Office 365 very familiar.

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Exchange Online gives you the tools to take control of mail flow inside your business, managing server rules. You can also use Forefront Online Protection to add additional anti-spam and anti-malware controls.

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Regulated industries need to be able to prove that they're working within the appropriate framework. You can use Exchange Online's auditing tools to provide regular reports, online or via email.

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Office 365's Exchange Online has tools for working with user mailboxes (and batch-importing users from your directory if you're setting up mail from scratch).

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