Office 365 is the Office service component of Microsoft 365 that provides software and services to customers on a subscription basis.
The name “Office 365” has been used by Microsoft to refer to quite a wide variety of product and services. Office 365 can refer to:
- The Office applications that run on Windows and Mac computers, as well as mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. These applications include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and more.
- The collection of Office 365 online services that provide cloud-hosted email, communication, and collaboration features to businesses, governments, and education institutions.
Microsoft 365 Applications
The applications bundled in Office 365 consumer subscriptions include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more. The specific applications included will depend on the subscription that you have. For example, Office 365 Home and Student does not include Outlook, whereas Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal do.
You can find a comparison of Office 365 application subscriptions here.
Office 365 Cloud Services
The Office 365 cloud services that Microsoft offers include:
- Email and calendaring with Exchange Online
- Online file storage and sharing with OneDrive for Business
- Collaboration and messaging with Microsoft Teams.
- Instant messaging, video and audio conferencing with the Teams Phone System.
- Intranet website hosting with SharePoint Online
- Enterprise social networking with Yammer
- Productivity and collaboration features such as Groups, Teams, and Planner
You can read more about Office 365 for Business and Enterprise on the Microsoft website.
Learn About Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 skills are among the most sought-after knowledge for IT professionals today. If you’re an experienced IT pro, the transition to managing cloud services will be fairly smooth. If you’re new to the industry, Microsoft 365 skills will get your foot in the door and your career moving forward.
One of the challenges with learning about Microsoft is that the service changes rapidly. Training materials can go out of date very quickly, so it’s important that they teach core concepts that will continue to be relevant even as the surrounding features change.
Here are some recent articles about Microsoft 365.
- Turn On MFA: Real-World Example of Fraud, Domain Stealing, and the Nearly Lost House Deposit
- Changes in Microsoft 365 Apps Channels and Why You Should Care
- A New Tool to Manage Exchange-related Attributes Without Exchange Server
- Microsoft Launches Group Ownership Governance Policy
- Making the Case for Identity Governance in Azure Active Directory
- Prepare an Office 365 migration plan assessment using PowerShell
- Microsoft Releases May 2022 Exchange Server Security Updates
- New Future of Work for Microsoft 365, IOT and more: Practical 365 Podcast S3 Ep. 2
- How to bring IOT deployment into Microsoft Teams and the Power Platform
- If You’re Serious About Compliance, You Need Office 365 E5
- Microsoft Purview for Compliance + Last Exchange Server: S3, Ep. 1
- Automate Exchange Hybrid Server in Azure
- PowerShell, Piping and Exchange Online Mailbox Management
- Finally, you can remove your last Exchange Server
- Microsoft Revamps Exchange On-Premises Servicing Model
- Using Cross-Tenant Access Settings for Azure B2B Collaboration
- Microsoft 365 License Management for Azure AD Accounts with the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK
- Controlling OneDrive Synchronization
- How to Figure Out What Microsoft Graph Permissions You Need
- How to Create and Use Azure AD Cross Tenant Access Policies
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