The Features Inside Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft has opened its Office 365 services to public beta testing. This cloud suite, which competes with Google Apps for Business, targets small and large businesses, offering productivity and communication tools that integrate across the desktop, Web, and mobile devices.
It includes Office Web Apps productivity tools; Lync for IM, VoIP, and online meetings; Exchange Online for mobile access to e-mail, contacts, and calendars; and SharePoint Online for shared documents and internal sites. Some bundles include the desktop Office Professional Plus. Keep reading to see what the services let you do.
Thanks to SharePoint, the document on the left viewed in Word on a PC looks identical to the document in the right pane as viewed online within Internet Explorer.
You can choose to sync a document within SharePoint Workspace, working on it within the desktop Office instead of from a browser.
Editing sites and documents online is meant to seem familiar to users of the desktop Word. You'll see elements of the Ribbon layout from Word 2007 and 2010.
You can view the contact details of a user working in the same document that you're working in.
You can view the same contacts whether in a browser, on a PC, or on a smartphone.
You can give an outside user permission to share an internal SharePoint site via an e-mail invitation. The user must sign in with a Windows Live ID.
Outlook Web App
The Outlook Web App looks pretty nearly identical to Outlook on the desktop. You can receive reminders, sort messages by conversation, and look at mail in much the same way.
Chat and Edit
You can carry on an IM conversation with someone while working on a document together from afar.
Get the Lync
You can create an online meeting from directly within Outlook. There's no need to look up meeting codes and pass codes. Participants will receive a URL, which they can click to join the meeting.
Here’s how it looks if you’re in a Word document and make changes to data that's connected to an online Access database.
When to Meet
Instead of e-mailing attachments to colleagues, you can share links to documents stored online within Office 365.
From a Windows Phone 7 smartphone, you can snap a photo at a meeting and pop it into a shared document in SharePoint.
With Lync you can upload a PowerPoint slide show, do a whiteboard presentation, and reach other users with video chatting.
Join a Meeting
Here's what joining an online meeting with audio can look like in Lync.
Propose a New Time
From a Windows Phone 7 phone, you’ll see updates to scheduled meetings, with links to maps for directions.
Collaborate on Your Phone
You can update a PowerPoint slide available via SharePoint from a Windows Phone 7 handset.
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