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Under the hood of Office 365

There are three main functions inside Office 365 that support the collaboration and sharing of information, providing a singular experience:

  • Exchange Online Microsoft Exchange Online facilitates email management and administration. With Exchange, you can synchronize email, calendars, and contacts across all your devices.
  • SharePoint Every business has a repository of files used to conduct day-to-day business. Microsoft SharePoint provides a place to store and manage all those files, and to manage access to them. SharePoint also helps with keeping track of multiple versions of a file and setting up notifications when a new version is ready. SharePoint can even help with building workflows for business processes.
  • Skype for Business Skype for Business, previously known as Lync, integrates with Exchange and SharePoint to facilitate real-time communications like instant messages, video and audio meetings, and screen sharing, across all devices. This makes collaboration a breeze. You can also use Skype for Business to determine each user’s status—for example, “Available” or “In a Meeting,” with color coding to help convey information at a glance—thanks to a feature called presence. For example, if you have a meeting scheduled on your calendar, Skype for Business automatically sets your presence to “In a Meeting” and sets your color to red to indicate that you are busy.

All this happens behind the curtain. There’s no need for you to manage these operations. Instead, you can focus on running your business!