Explore Office 365 and how it relates to the cloud. Learn about the different categories and subscription options for accessing this suite of office and online tools.
- Similar to Google's, G suite, we talked about in the previous movie, Microsoft Offers. Office 365 Subscription based plans that include access to office applications, plus other cloud productivity services that are enabled over the internet. Now Office 365 includes, plans for use at home and for business. Let's begin with Office Online. Here at products.office.com we can click products to see the different categories for home, business, education, the various applications.
You'll notice under the For Home category is Office Online; click there to get information about this offering, it's free. It's Office Online apps that you'll use over the internet. Now, if you remember Hotmail, the free email app from Microsoft, think of Office Online as the amped up version of Hotmail. Yes, it's free but you get a lot more than free email which is now an Outlook account, by the way. You also get online versions of the Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One Note.
Just keep in mind that you're working with the online versions of these apps, so you don't get the full functionality you'd get with the full blown desktop versions installed on your computer. Clicking See more shows you the other apps and tools you get access to. For example, Sway is for digital story telling, for creating interactive reports and presentations on-screen as opposed to, for an audience like you would with PowerPoint. There's also Docs.com down here at the end, online storage for uploading and sharing Office files on your own profile page.
You can access your calender from here, free storage on One Drive, there's your contacts, mail, using Outlook online and the other Office apps. Let's go back up to the top here and go back to the products drop-down and go back to: For Home, where you'll see the different options available to you here for home. Office 365 Home: you're going to see pricing on this page I see it in Canadian Dollars because I'm in Canada, you'll see it in your own currency. Notice there's an Office for Home and Student, Office 365 Personal, for example, and as you scroll down you'll see what you get with each of those offerings.
Now there are also a number of offerings for businesses. Let's go back up to Products and this time go to For Business right at the top and then we'll click See Plans and Pricing to see some of the different plans and pricing that you get with these offerings. There's Business, Business Premium and Business Essentials, you can see the cost, either per month or per year and down below you'll see the apps and additional tools you get with each of those offerings as well. Now many Office 365 plans also include the desktop version of the latest Office application, which users can install across multiple computers and devices.
The fully installed applications include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note, Outlook, Publisher and Access. Just keep in mind Publisher and Access are only available on PC's. And you can install them across multiple devices, including your PC's and Mac's but Android tablets, phones, ipads, iphones and when you have active Office 365 subscription that includes the desktop version of office, you always have the most up to date version of those applications. I'm just going to switch over to a Windows environment where I'm logged in to my Office 365 subscription.
You can see I have access to all of these tools and apps online but I also have the ability up here to install Office 2016 locally on my computer, that will give me the full fledged versions of those apps. Clicking any of these tiles here or by using the app launcher in the top left hand corner gets you access to the online versions. So for example if I wanted to create a Word document clicking Word opens up a new tab in my browser there's the new blank document and I'll be working with Word online a scaled down version of Microsoft Word.
Now all Office 365 plans are paid for on a subscription basis, monthly or annually and you can checkout our library of Microsoft Office and Office 365 courses to learn more. We have it all covered.
David also presents an overview of migration steps for your consideration, as you contemplate a move to the cloud, and reviews common cloud technologies including Google and G Suite, Microsoft Office 365, and OneDrive. He goes into cloud tools for teams, including Dropbox, Google Docs, and Asana. To wrap up, he outlines how to evaluate the ongoing effectiveness of the cloud for your business.
- Understanding the components and infrastructure of the cloud
- Working with storage and database services
- Understanding the benefits of cloud computing
- Assessing security risks
- Obtaining cloud storage
- Working with Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive, and more
- Migrating to the cloud
- Training others on cloud use