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Microsoft® Office 365 For Dummies® by Jennifer Reed, Ken Withee

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Chapter 1

Getting to Know the Cloud

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding cloud computing

arrow Discovering the various Microsoft cloud products

arrow Determining the right Office 365 plan for your business

“The cloud services companies of all size. The cloud is for everyone. The cloud is a democracy.”

— Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce.com

Everyone is talking about the cloud. It’s everywhere. It’s on TV, it’s on YouTube, it’s in the papers, and it’s on billboards. The term as it relates to technology has as many definitions as there are keys on your computer. When Cloud Computing Journal gathered 21 experts to define cloud computing in early 2009, they came up with definitions ranging from overly simplified to downright too technical for the average person affected by this paradigm shift sweeping across the globe.

If you are confused about cloud computing, despair not. Even Larry Ellison (Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Corporation, a major enterprise software company) once said: “. . . Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about.”

This chapter is for those of you who have a keen interest in understanding the basic principles of cloud computing with the intent of leveraging ...

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