Enterprise Applications: First Look at Office 365 Proves Promising
Starting from Home
Office 365's home page gives users access to Lync, Outlook and SharePoint, and provides a download link for Office Professional Plus.
Setting up ActiveSync policies for mobile devices that connect to Exchange Online is as easy as it is on an in-house server.
SharePoint Online Collaboration
Collaboration is made easier with SharePoint Online, which offers users the ability to quickly set up team sites with document libraries and announcement lists.
The Office 365 administration console provides a central management point for Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online, as well as the Office applications.
Its possible to have two people working on a document in Office Live simultaneously; each is notified of the others edits.
Domain Federation for IM and Presence
Lync Online allows domain federation, with the option to blacklist or whitelist domains, thereby enabling the sharing of instant messaging functions and presence information.
Share Whiteboards and Desktops
Lync Online allows presenters in online meetings to share whiteboards and desktops and to pass control of the meeting from one presenter to another.
Users can be assigned with varying levels of privilege, including the ability to perform user management and provisioning tasks.
Browser-Based Office Applications
Office 365 includes access to the Office Web Apps, which are hosted versions of the Office components. These are designed to work with major browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.