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Office 365 from Scratch

Office 365 from Scratch coverOffice 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 Sway.

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 Amazon.

The second version was published 3 April 2018.

From Amazon reviews:

"A good high level summary of Office 365 apps and functionality."

"A great source of information for someone new to Office 365."

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