Microsoft Office 365

How is Office 365 different from Microsoft Office?Office 365 graphic (2)

  • “Office 365” refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services), such as Exchange Online hosted email, SharePoint Online for collaboration, Skype for Business web conferencing, and additional online storage with OneDrive.
  • All Office 365 plans are paid for on a subscription basis, monthly or annually.
  • “Microsoft Office” is the name still used for the familiar productivity software. Office suites have traditionally included applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

What are the benefits?

  • With your infrastructure online, you have secure access to email, calendaring, instant messaging, video conferencing and document collaboration services from anywhere you have an Internet connection.
  • You can use a computer, tablet, smart phone or any internet-ready device to connect.

Will it work with our copy of Office?

  • Office 365 works best with the latest version of Office 2013, Office 2010 and Office 2011 for Mac.
  • Office 365 works with slightly limited functionality with Office 2007.

Do I have to install anything to start using it?

  • No, you don’t have to install anything to get started. All you need is a browser such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Is Internet access required for it to work?

  • Yes. Internet connectivity is also required to access Office 365 cloud productivity services, including email, conferencing, IT management and other services.
  • The cloud describes web-based computing services where information storage, computation and software are located and managed remotely on servers owned by Microsoft.

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