Moving to the Office 365 Cloud
In This Chapter
Exploring some of the key benefits and features of Office 365
Working with cloud-enabled Word, Excel, and Outlook
Developing your understanding of cloud-based Exchange and SharePoint
Using Lync to instantly communicate with text, voice, and video
There was a time when every household, town, farm or village had its own water well. Today, shared public utilities give us access to clean water by simply turning on the tap; cloud computing works in a similar fashion.
— Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO, United States Government
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 and Exchange. Your organization simply signs up, ...