RTM’d today: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime


RTM’d today: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

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We’re happy to announce that Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime (ISBN 9780735656949), by Katherine Murray, has completed editorial production! We anticipate that this exciting new book will be available August 15, 2011.

See below for a high level look at the book's contents and an excerpt from its introduction.

 

Contents

Introduction

Part I Finding Your Place in the Cloud

Chapter 1
What’s Happening with the World of Work?
■ Teams, Teams Everywhere—In the Office and Outside of It
■ Worldwide Collaboration Is Here
■ Going for the Green—With Groups of All Sizes
■ Heads in the Cloud (Computing)
■ A Closer Look at Office 365
■ What’s Next

Chapter 2 Getting Started with Office 365
■ Creating Your Office 365 Account
■ A Look Around the Office 365 Home Page

■ Setting Up a Profile
■ How Does All This Work?
■ What’s Your Service? Different Setups, Different Services
■ Getting Ready to Use Office 365
■ How Office 365 Meets Small Business Needs
■ What’s Next

Chapter 3 Administering an Office 365 Account
■ Are You an Administrator?
■ An Overview of Your Administrative Tasks
■ First Things First: Key Tasks to Complete
■ Adding and Managing Office 365 Users
■ Viewing Domain Properties
■ Setting Up and Managing Outlook and Exchange
■ Setting Up SharePoint Online
■ Configuring Lync Online
■ Managing Your Subscriptions
■ Getting Help with Office 365
■ What’s Next

Part II Teamwork in the Cloud

Chapter 4 What Your Team Can Do with Office 365
■ Starting with the End in Mind
■ Creating a Shared Space
■ Sharing Calendars Securely
■ Translating Content on the Fly
■ Making Instant Contact with Team Members
■ Holding Online Meetings
■ Broadcasting Presentations Online
■ Creating and Modifying a Website
■ What’s Next

Chapter 5 Creating Your Team Site with SharePoint Online
■ Planning Your Team Site
■ Creating a Simple Team Site—Fast
■ Putting Some Thought into the Team Site Design
■ Choosing a Site Theme
■ Changing the Text Layout of Your Page
■ Posting an Update
■ Adding and Formatting Pictures
■ Adding a New Page
■ Entering and Editing Content
■ Adding Web Parts
■ Sharing Your Site
■ What’s Next

Chapter 6 Posting, Sharing, and Managing Files
■ What Is a Document Library (and Where Is It)?
■ Creating a Document Library
■ Organizing Document Libraries
■ Working with Document Library Files
■ What’s Next

Chapter 7 Adding and Managing Workflows
■ Introducing Office 365 Workflows
■ Creating a New Workflow
■ Using a Workflow for Your Project
■ Managing Workflows
■ What’s Next

Chapter 8 Working with Office 2010 Web Apps
■ A First Look at Office Web Apps
■ Creating, Saving, and Closing a New File
■ Working with an Existing File
■ Choosing Your Tools
■ Levels of Editing in Office Web Apps
■ Co-authoring with Office Web Apps
■ Reviewing and Editing Excel Worksheets
■ Working with OneNote Notebooks
■ What’s Next

Chapter 9 Going Mobile with Office 365
■ How Will You Use Your Phone with Office 365?
■ Receiving and Sending Email on Your Phone
■ Using the Office Hub on Your Windows Phone 7
■ Last-Minute Word Editing on Your Mobile Device
■ Reviewing and Updating Excel Data
■ Tweaking a PowerPoint Presentation on Your Phone
■ What’s Next

Part III Connecting in Real Time

Chapter 10 Email and Organize with Office 365
■ Introducing Outlook Web App
■ Checking and Managing Email
■ Working with Your Calendar
■ Importing and Managing Your Contacts
■ Adding and Completing Tasks
■ What’s Next

Chapter 11 Talking It Over with Microsoft Lync
■ Introducing Microsoft Lync
■ Working with Contacts in Lync
■ Instant Messaging with Your Team
■ Making a Call with Lync
■ Sharing Programs and Files
■ What’s Next

Chapter 12 Designing Your Public Website
■ Getting Started with Your Public Website
■ Choosing a Theme and Header Style
■ Choosing a Custom Color Scheme
■ Adding and Formatting Text
■ Inserting, Formatting, and Aligning Images
■ Adding and Organizing Pages
■ Selecting a Navigation Layout
■ Adding Gadgets to Your Site
■ Optimizing Your Site for Web Search Results
■ Previewing and Publishing Your Site
■ What’s Next

Chapter 13 Integrating All Parts of Office 365
■ Using It All Together—Online and Off
■ Getting Productive with Office 365
■ Creating an Annual Report
■ Tracking a Sales Promotion
■ Preparing an Online Training Module
■ Happily Ever After…in the Cloud

Appendix A Extras for Great Teams
■ Thinking Through Your Group Process
■ Team Contact List
■ Excel Worksheet with Licenses and Permissions
■ Meeting Agenda Template
■ Tips for Your Team Site
■ Proposal Checklist
■ Marketing Checklist

Index

Introduction (excerpt)

Let’s hear it for freedom. Freedom from your desk. Freedom from those ­boring managers’ meetings. Freedom to work anywhere, with anyone, anytime, on almost any device. Sounds good, right?

Office 365 is Microsoft’s smart and simple answer to cloud computing. Using the various programs in Office 365, you can do all the tasks you’re used to doing in your favorite Office applications—write documents, create presentations, check email, manage your calendar, crunch numbers, and more—and then share what you create in real time on a team site, design and publish a website, and even create and host live online meetings while you’re traveling on the train, sitting in a coffee shop, or dialing in on your phone.

This book shows you how you can use cloud computing—and ­specifically, ­Office 365—to get more done, collaborate more easily, and work more ­flexibly than you ever have before. From the necessary how-tos about ­creating and administering your Office 365 account and working with the various Office 365 programs to sharing files with your team, creating a team site, using Office Web Apps, and holding online meetings, you’ll discover how easy it is to work online and off, accessing and sharing your files whenever you need to. After you learn about each of the core programs, you can try strategies for building successful teams, and get some good ideas on practical ways you can put all this cloud power to work.

Who This Book Is For

Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime is all about cloud solutions for small businesses, focusing on the core software services (Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Office Web Apps, and Microsoft Lync), and demonstrating ways you can create, manage, and lead teams effectively using the communications and collaborative online tools.

You’ll find helpful ideas and solutions in Office 365 if you

· Own or work in a small business and want to be flexible where and when you work.

· Need to collaborate with others near or far.

· Want to store and work with files online from any point you have web access.

· Lead a team online or face to face.

What Is Cloud Computing?

The phrase cloud computing brings to mind for me the feeling of stretching out on a hillside on a summer day while my sons pointed out the animals and shapes they saw in the clouds above. Cloud computing is a little like that—the ability of your technology to take on the shape you need for the type of ­project you need to accomplish. Want to put together a project team? You can do that in the cloud so that team members all over the globe can ­collaborate and communicate easily. Need to create a meeting space for your regional sales reps? You can create a team site for everyone in the cloud, ­using web ­servers and software, and you can enable every person to log in from any point they have access to the web.

So where is this cloud? The real definition of the phrase cloud ­computing ­simply means the ability to access files and applications online through ­multiple devices—your ­computer, browser, or phone. Microsoft has already been offering cloud services through the web in various ways:

· Windows Live SkyDrive is one of the Windows Live Services, a free ­web-based ­application that enables you to save, store, organize, and share files easily.

· Microsoft Office Web Apps are available for Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Excel 2010, and OneNote 2010, making it possible for you to save and work with your Office files online and collaborate with other authors. Office 2010 Web Apps are free to registered Office 2010 users.

· Microsoft Office Live Small Business is a web-based suite of services that enable you to create and market a website, communicate with others by email and instant messaging, and store and share files online. The basic services are free, and you can add specialty features for a monthly fee.

· Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) is a suite of ­messaging and communications programs designed to provide the kind of collaboration support companies need. BPOS includes ­Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office ­Communications Online, and Office Live Meeting, all for a monthly, per-user fee.

The best news about cloud computing for you as an end user is the added flexibility the services offer you, without additional investment in either hardware or software. You can simply use your web browser—which is open anyway, right?—to get to the files you need to work with, make any changes, and save and share the files as you see fit.

The great thing about cloud computing for companies is that it enables them to expand the services they offer both staff and customers without ­adding to their own hardware infrastructure. Web services enable companies to connect workers and make collaboration possible on a global scale without adding servers, setting up datacenters, and more. The environment is secure, ­flexible, and expandable to accommodate as many users as businesses need to ­support.

Introducing Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is Microsoft’s latest venture into cloud computing, ­bringing ­together tried-and-true programs that make communicating and collaboration ­natural online. Office 365 includes Microsoft Exchange Online for email and scheduling, ­Microsoft SharePoint Online for sharing files and creating team sites, and Microsoft Lync Online for instant messaging and ­online meeting. Office 365 mixes the capabilities of those programs with cloud versions of Office Professional Plus programs.

What Cloud Computing Means for You

Office 365 makes using Office in the cloud a simple, natural, and affordable way to make the most of services you are already familiar with, in ways that easily extend the ­technology you are probably already using. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. ­Office 365 enables you to easily and naturally

· Collaborate globally in real time.

· Use programs you already know.

· Create a virtual office where you can work with information securely while you’re on the go.

· Use your PC, browser, or phone interchangeably.

· Keep your information secure.

· Keep your hardware costs down.

· Use multiple devices to access and work with files.

· Create a shared team site.

· Boost productivity by making it easy for people to work together.

· Give users instant access to each other with presence technology and instant ­messaging.

· Incorporate social networking in your team communication.

Office 365 Versions

Because different types of organizations and businesses have different needs, three ­different versions of Office 365 are available for end users. These three versions are

· Office 365 for small businesses Small businesses and professionals who don’t have large IT requirements will find just the set of tools they need in Office 365 for small businesses. This version is easy to try (free for 30 days) and then low-cost ($6 per user per month at the time of this book’s publication), and it offers businesses Office Web Apps, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online, and Microsoft Lync for instant messaging and online meetings.

· Office 365 for enterprises Enterprises have larger-scale IT needs than small businesses or individuals, requiring software that can handle a large number of email accounts, messages, and attachments; provide guaranteed uptime; offer reporting and support options; and deliver Active Directory features that enable a single sign-in for end users. ­Office 365 for enterprises offers all these features and adds on to standard BPOS services to extend the collaboration and online meeting capabilities. Office 365 for enterprises also offers flexible plans so that businesses of different sizes can tailor the features to get just the kind of cloud support they need.

· Office 365 for education Educational users face a unique set of challenges—they need to provide students with access to the latest software possible, but they have to do it on a shoestring (and perhaps diminishing) budget. Cloud-based services can help users in education save money and give students the tools they need to create projects, collaborate in real time, and learn how to use software in the cloud.

What Does Office 365 Add to BPOS?

Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite, also known as BPOS, has 40 million users all over the world. This highly successful online software suite offers communication and collaboration ­features that make it easy to connect in real time and work together on ­projects large and small.

Office 365 for enterprises extends the features of BPOS by adding Microsoft Lync for instant messaging and online meetings, Outlook Web App for management of email and scheduling, Office Web Apps, and the ability to create reports and administer the account through a web-based dashboard. The educational version of Office 365 also includes the latest version of Microsoft Live@Edu, which ­offers cloud solutions to thousands of schools and millions of students around the globe.

A Quick Roadmap

Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime is organized in three parts to help you learn about different aspects of setting up and ­working with Office 365.

Part I, “Finding Your Place in the Cloud,” takes a look at the way people are working in the cloud today and introduces you to Office 365. Chapter 1 looks closely at teams, both inside and outside the office environment, and it takes a look at the way Office 365 offers a greener choice for small businesses. Chapter 2 shows you how to create an Office 365 account and set up a profile, and it gives you a big-picture tour of Office 365 so that you can begin planning just what you want to do with the tools. Chapter 3 is for the team manager or person who will be managing the Office 365 site; you’ll learn how to ­customize the site, add mobile devices, and set up and manage Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Lync online.

Part II, “Teamwork in the Cloud,” is your guide to setting up, organizing, ­managing, and helping your team be successful using Office 365. ­Chapter 4 spotlights all the team features you can use to get everybody on the same page, calendar-wise; you’ll also find out how to share files, hold online ­meetings, instant message each other, and broadcast presentations. Chapter 5 walks you through creating, editing, and sharing a team site. Chapter 6 shows you how to create document libraries, share files with team members, and manage the files in SharePoint Online. You’ll also find out about working with file versions, tracking file changes, and comparing and merging files. Chapter 7 shows you how to create and use workflows to keep your team moving in the right direction, and Chapter 8 introduces all things Web App by shining a light on the capabilities of the various tools and showing you how to work with files online, coauthor documents, edit worksheets, broadcast presentations, and share notebooks. Chapter 9 rounds out this part of Office 365 by focusing on mobile technologies: find out how to use the various Office Mobile applications to review, edit, and share the files you develop with your team.

Part III, “Connecting in Real Time,” shows you how to use the ­communication and instant-messaging options in Office 365 to stay in touch with your team in real time. In Chapter 10, “Email and Organize with Office 365,” you learn how to use Outlook Web App to import and manage contacts, set email preferences, organize mail ­folders, work with your calendars and tasks, and more. Chapter 11, “Talking it Over with Microsoft Lync,” shows you how to connect in real time to other online users through instant ­messaging, voice calls, and online chats. You’ll learn how to manage transcripts, invite others to the ­conversation, and host web meetings. Chapter 12, “Designing Your ­Public Website,” shows you how to use the web tools in Office 365 to create a ­website to ­showcase your products and services and give your customers a sense of who you are and what you offer. Chapter 13, “Integrating Office 365,” presents a set of examples that show how you and your team can use the ­various tools in Office 365 together to create and share business projects.

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