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Office 365: SharePoint Online and the cloud-based website

A series covering Office 365 in depth: in this screenshot gallery, a look at SharePoint Online and your cloud-based website.

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SharePoint Online also includes the suite of Office Web Apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote Web Apps, allowing you to work on slimmed-down versions of the desktop applications to work on documents.

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Read more about Office 365 for businesses here, or for Office 365 for education over here. Or, to see the corresponding post to this article here.

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Creating a new document is easy. Simply select the format in which the file should be (Word, PowerPoint, Excel or OneNote) and type in the document name.

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Word Web App is a slimmed down version of Microsoft Word 2010, as are the rest of the Office Web Apps. Word Web App is automatically updated by the folks at Microsoft, so as and when new features arise, these will appear seamlessly. 

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Not all functionality appears, but the very basic and only necessary features are built-in to the Office Web Apps. These will include styling, formatting, formulas in the case of Excel, and picture management.

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As a site administrator, you are able to create custom pages without having to concern yourself with basic HTML or advanced coding.

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The site is WYSIWYG ("what you see is what you get") and is also mobile enabled, allowing you to write and insert whatever you want - from meetings to important notes and documents - and mobile users can see these documents and notes too.

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The team site shows documents and notes that you can configure. It also has a 'Facebook status' like interface where by your users and colleagues and those connected to the site can leave messages and status updates depending on what they are doing.

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Editing your corporate home page is easy and simple. It's a bit like FrontPage but in the cloud.

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And it is instantly updates, and can be published to the web in seconds, without any lag or delay.

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As before, simply hit "publish to web" and within seconds, it updates the front facing side of your website.

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Though the functionality is relativey basic, and HTML can be edited as well as adding CSS pages and other bits of code, you can add small additions like maps.

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Of course, Bing Maps is included, but no Google Maps. It can, however, be embedded in with the HTML view.

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And this is how it looks on the website.

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