Microsoft Office 365 First Impression
With Office 365, Microsoft goes confidently into the cloud, putting up a SharePoint workspace, an instant messaging capability, and online versions of the key components of its Office suite.
The SharePoint Workspace
When you log in to your Office 365 installation, you get a SharePoint location online which you can use to collaborate with a team of colleagues. Your online venue comprises of a number of components (see Figure 1).
Figure 1 Microsoft Office 365 starts you off with an administration page that gives you access to the various components.
Components in the Home view (Figure 1) include Outlook, Lync (instant messaging and conferencing), the Team site (SharePoint) for collaboration and shared documents, and the web applications, which are online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. More links are at the top, including Admin for adding users and configuring permissions for collaboration using the Team Site.