Chapter 2

Moving to the Office 365 Cloud


check Exploring some of the key benefits and features of Office 365

check Working with cloud-enabled Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

check Developing your understanding of cloud-based Exchange and SharePoint

check Finding out how to use Teams to instantly communicate with text, voice, and video

As we mention in Chapter 1, cloud computing is simply using a software application over the Internet. Microsoft Office 365 is a grouping of Microsoft products that are hosted and managed by Microsoft. You subscribe to the service on a monthly basis. This model of using software is often called software as a service (SaaS). With the Office 365 offering, Microsoft takes care of all the installation and management of the complicated server products, such as SharePoint, Exchange, Teams, Dynamics, and Power BI (Power Business Intelligence). Your organization simply signs up, starts paying the monthly fee, and uses the software over the Internet (meaning “in the cloud”). The burden of the installation, patches, upgrades, backups, and maintenance (among other ...

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