Office 365 Fundamentals – Getting Started

Office 365 is Microsoft Microsoft’s cloud-base office collaboration and productivity suite and consists of a number of products and services. By cloud-based, we mean that is online, hosted in the cloud, and managed by Microsoft. This basically means that you have access virtually from everywhere to all your messaging, instant messaging, collaboration features like your emails, contacts, calendar, meetings, web-based versions of the Office suite apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote). Services like Exchange, Skype for Business and SharePoint servers, which are the core components of Office 365, but also products like OneDrive, Yammer, Sway, Delve, Power BI, and Intune, all hosted outside of your on-premise infrastructure in highly-available and redundant way that only Microsoft has the secret.

Why Choose Office 365?

One of the greatest benefit of Office 365 is that you can download and use Office with a very flexible way. Effectively, with some Office 365 active subscriptions, you have the possibility to download all of your Office applications and pay for them on a monthly basis. This benefit, compared to the costly full version of Office that you have pay upfront, especially if you have hundreds of thousands of users in your infrastructure, can be very appealing to many organizations.

From technical perspective, another advantage Office 365 is that you do not have to deal with the underlying infrastructure that is hosting the services you are using, being all in the cloud and managed by Microsoft, thus, all daily maintenance tasks related to troubleshooting, patching, and infrastructure support are not not handled by the IT admin team anymore.

In this blog series, we will have a look on the fundamentals of Office 365, including how to subscribe for the Free trial to test out this cloud-based productivity suite and get to know more about the features existing in the Office 365 user interface.

Part 2 – Office 365 Fundamentals – Office 365 Plans

Part 3 – Office 365 Fundamentals – Subscribing to the Free Trial

Part 4 – Office 365 Fundamentals – Connecting your domain to Office 365

Part 5 – Office 365 Fundamentals – Users Management and Azure AD

Part 6 – Office 356 Fundamentals – Synchronizing Domain Users to Office 365

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