If you are a business of one or many, you’re probably looking for dependable email, calendar and document storage that’s available from anywhere and any device. I’ve been using Microsoft Office 365 since it was available (2 years or so). The best feature for me is the Exchange quality email I get, both on my desktop and the web. In the past, I was using either my ISP’s email or email from my web host and I was concerned whenever I needed to backup and restore or move from one computer to another. I was stuck viewing my mail only on one computer and then my phone. The web interfaces I had to use were ugly and not very functional.
This week, I’ve been exploring the file storage and sharing solutions offered by O365. A large feature of O365 is SharePoint, or it’s also called SkyDrive Pro. SharePoint is Microsoft’s full-fledged and optimized file sharing/storage/collaboration solution that many large businesses use. Since I’m not an expert, I’m not sure of the differences between the two, but it seems that O365 offers a pretty complete solution for the small business owner and their document storage, sharing and collaboration needs. We’ll go into that as we continue our Office 365 tour and series.
This week, I have a video for you that shows you my Office 365 – on the web. There have been upgrades this year for everyone and I got my O365 upgrade a month or so ago. The interface is much improved with better navigation and user interface options.
This video is about 5” long and I take you from login to Outlook, Calendar, Contacts (now called People), SkyDrive (SharePoint/SkyDrivePro), Newsfeed and Sites. There is also Lync, a browser or desktop service that allows IM, audio or video conferencing, file exchange and much more. We won’t look at Lync in this video tour.
I did this video to let you look inside Office 365 and see if perhaps it might be right for you.
Have you tried Office 365, or will you? If you’re already using it, leave a comment about your experience.