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I’ve been using office 365 since it was available and have been waiting since early Spring to get the big ‘upgrade’ that has been rolling out to all customers. This was my week to get upgraded and everything went smoothly. The only thing I noticed is that when I went to my computer on August 28th, I had a message in my Outlook that the ‘administrator had made some changes and you need to restart your email’. I did that several times before I realized that it was my upgrade day. So I just shut my desktop email off and went to the Web App to see what was going on. They were about finished up. I thought we’d take a look at what Office 365 can do.
Here is the new welcome screen I got after the upgrade. New features here are the addition of SkyDrive, Sites, Newsfeed at the top right. The SkyDrive is really SkyDrive Pro or SharePoint. That is where I can store my work documents and since I’m using Office 2013, it’s configured to save directly to SkyDrive Pro. This gives me an automatic backup of my documents since they will be on my local machine and in the SharePoint cloud.
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Sites are the different libraries and places I can make to share things with team members. I’ve yet to upgrade this section (because I need to check some things over first), so we’ll talk about that more next week. But we will compare SkyDrive & SkyDrive Pro below.
Newsfeed – this is an internal Twitter or Facebook-like interface where you can @ someone in your company and also use # (hashtag) to comment or refer to a project. As with Twitter, you can ‘follow’ someone in your company and see their updates and communicate with them. There is also an app for Windows Phone, iOS and Android for the newsfeed. Since I’m the only person in my account, I have no one to follow . I did check and it is not allowed to add external people to view, participate or have a profile in the newsfeed. I did not have this previous to the upgrade.
Differences Between SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro
Here’s a chart I put together listing feature differences between SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro. It’s pretty evident that SkyDrive Pro (SharePoint) is made for business, isn’t it? It is nice to know Microsoft doesn’t scan or even digitally read or access any of our documents (hopefully we can believe that). It’s a bit comforting to know documents in SharePoint can’t be blind subpoenaed, but who really knows for sure what is true.