What Is Included?
Microsoft can host your domain (if you hav e one) or create a new domain and host your mail on their Exchange servers. This allows you to utilize Outlook Web Access or your own copy of Microsoft Outlook 2007 or 2010 to retrieve mail.
Office 365 gives each user a 25GB (gigabyte) mailbox and allows attachment sizes of up to 25MB (megabytes).
The mail service also includes Microsoft Forefront Online – a security tool that integrates with Exchange Online in order to scan for malware and protect you from viruses.
Office Web Apps
Office Web Apps are simply online versions of popular Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Much like Google Docs, Office Web Apps allow you to create and store documents online – from any Internet connected computer or mobile device. Take a look at Arun Kumar’s great article covering Office Web Apps in depth.
SharePoint and Web Content
Office 365 includes access to SharePoint for internal collaboration. SharePoint allows you to create intranet sites in order to help facilitate communication and aid in storing and managing documentation. Office 365 also allows you to set up a simple public facing website in case you don’t already have one.
This version of SharePoint also allows for creation and management of simple Access databases and web forms. For more information, check out our article on SharePoint 2010.
Instant Messaging and Web Meetings
Office 365 also includes Microsoft Office Lync, which allows you to instant message, voice call, video call and host online meetings. This tool is especially useful if you need to host meetings with several external parties or if you have people out of the office frequently. Microsoft Lync is the newly renamed Office Communication Manager.