Microsoft Office 365 is a complete line of subscription services available from Microsoft as a part of their Microsoft Office products line. These services enable subscribers to have the latest versions of Microsoft Office applications on a pay-per-use basis. These subscriptions can be purchased directly from Microsoft, through their official or third-party partner sites, or through third-party download websites. Each subscriber is then required to create a unique user name and password for the purposes of authentication. Subscribers can then install the Microsoft Office applications on their computers and have access to all the features of Microsoft Office at no extra charge.
Office 365 consists of two main programs: One is the Microsoft Office Premier Plus Software Suite, previously known as Microsoft Office Outlook Express. This suite is the more expensive of the two subscription programs. It includes three products: Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and is intended for businesses with an estimated staff of five to seventy employees. The suite also includes Microsoft Sharepoint Software, which are a collaboration and file-sharing tool, as well as Microsoft Dynamics GP, which are a business solution that integrates business accounting and CRM.
The other software suite is Microsoft Office Online, previously called Microsoft Office Online Premier.
This suite is less costly than Microsoft Office Premier and only contains four products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Microsoft Office Online also includes three additional products: Microsoft Groove Music, Microsoft Business Portal, and Microsoft Business Intelligence. Microsoft Business Portal is the portal through which business owners can get customer information, work orders, contacts, and more through a secure connection. Microsoft Business Intelligence is a powerful analytical tool that provides business owners and managers with important data about their customers, partners, operations, and finances. This data is made available to the business owner and other authorized users through an intranet interface, which is part of the Microsoft 365 platform.
Microsoft Office Professional, also known as MS Office 2010, is the standard Microsoft Office application. MS Office Professional comes as a complete suite of products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Microsoft Office Professional also includes three additional products: Microsoft Business Portal, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Microsoft Office Word. Microsoft Business Portal is designed for businesses that use the cloud to manage their technology needs. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a two-part software application that provides finance, human resources, and business analytics tools to large organizations.
Microsoft Yammer is a social network management platform that works across various connected devices and browsers. Microsoft Yammer is the first web-based communication tool that acts as a social network between two people. In other words, when one person posts a message on Microsoft Yammer, it is visible to all the other people who are members of that account. Microsoft Yammer supports both desktop and mobile, allowing it to be used across multiple devices while still maintaining its unified experience. To simplify multi-platform experiences, Microsoft Yammer includes a Single Sign-On feature, which simplifies the login process on all the devices.
Microsoft Outlook is the email client in Microsoft Office and is considered as one of the most widely used mail clients, whether they are in the workplace or at home. Microsoft Outlook Express is Microsoft’s brand-new, lightweight email client, which has many benefits over the older versions of Microsoft Outlook. With a single sign-on, users can create an online email address that stores all their mail and contacts in one location. This means that with only a single sign-on, they can access all their email accounts from just one place, simplifying their access to multiple devices and apps.
Microsoft SharePoint is a collaboration tool, formerly known as Intranet, which is incorporated into the Microsoft Office Suite. SharePoint is a centralized storage and collaboration platform for documents, calendars, shared folders and shared web content. It offers file-sharing functionality through the web browser, and allows multiple users to work on the same documents simultaneously. This collaboration platform is integrated with Microsoft Outlook. If you are planning to migrate from Windows Internet Explorer to the Windows SharePoint platform, you will need to upgrade your existing Outlook setup to accommodate the new application.
Microsoft SharePoint, as the name suggests, is a set of different applications which are integrated into Microsoft Office.
- This set of applications were formerly part of the Microsoft Office suite called Microsoft SharePoint Foundation.
- Microsoft SharePoint 2010 was released in March of 2009 with some major changes such as being able to access email and calendar online, as well as having the option for people to post to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
- However, these features require users to be on a compatible Windows platform, as SharePoint does not run on any other platforms.
- In addition, to ensure that employees can collaborate effectively and know how to access and manage their various documents across multiple devices, SharePoint provides for centralized management and storage of these documents through Microsoft Office 365.