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

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Chapter 2

Moving to the Office 365 Cloud

In This Chapter

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

arrow Working with cloud-enabled Word, Excel, and Outlook

arrow Developing your understanding of cloud-based Exchange and SharePoint

arrow 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, ...

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