Office 365 from Scratch
365 is Microsoft’s brand name for a group of software and
services hosted in the cloud. Using Office 365 is more convenient
than maintaining your own server, and the security is high.
You have less control with Office 365 than if you are using
on-premise editions of Exchange, SharePoint and other important
parts of Office 365, but many organizations find that this
is a price worth paying.
Even if Office 365 is cloud based, several subscription
plans also include desktop editions of common software like
Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Office 365 from Scratch is primarily intended for
administrators and other power users, but I hope the book
will also be useful for others who want to learn about the
possibilities given with their Office 365 accounts.
After an introduction to the platform, I describe the most
important parts, Exchange, Office, SharePoint and Groups.
Other chapters introduce Delve, OneDrive, Stream, Teams,
Planner, StaffHub, Yammer, Flow, PowerApps, Power BI and
Many sections have links to
Office 365 Tips articles. Consider these articles as
a good complement to the book. By also studying Office
365 from Scratch, you will have a deeper and more structured
learning process and a better understanding of how the different
Office 365 apps and services work and collaborate.
Office 365 from Scratch cannot be a full description
of everything in Office 365. The topic is huge, and for
more advanced users Microsoft has a lot of detailed information
on their websites. Instead, this book gives an overview,
so that you know what is available and interesting to your
organization and which are the correct search terms for
your continued exploration of Office 365.
Microsoft often adds enhancements to their cloud platform,
but by understanding why things are done the way they are,
you will be able to figure out how to do things described
in Office 365 from Scratch and other instructions,
even if the actual steps are changed a bit. This understanding
will also help you explore Office 365 far beyond the limits
of any book and make the platform serve your organization
in the best possible way!
Office 365 from Scratch is available in paperback
and Kindle e-book editions via
The second version was published 3 April 2018.
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From Amazon reviews:
"A good high level summary of Office 365 apps and functionality."
"A great source of information for someone new to Office