Office 365 and Office 2010 come together
On individual basis, Office 365 provides email (via Exchange Online), document collaboration (via Sharepoint Online), and instant messages and online meetings using Lync Online. It also provides features such as free/busy calendar sharing with Outlook, access to your email and calendar using mobile devices, document version control, web-based viewing and editing of Office documents plus voice and video calls to others in the same workplace.
Under the current rage of cloud services, Microsoft’s Office 365 has come up with the attraction of synchronizing with Microsoft Office 2010. It claims to simply activate many features of Microsoft Office. For instance, scheduling meetings is easy since the user can automatically see a colleague’s free/busy information in his calendar. On merging with Office 365, Microsoft Word offers features such as checking documents in and out and version control; it uses the URL of the file as easily as if it were stored locally.
The user may be working on Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Onenote, since the document is in cloud - all interact with Office 365 to provide presence information and access via the Recent list and version control. The cloud feature also enables co-authoring of a document, with two or more persons accessing the document for editing.
There is a unique case with Powerpoint - the E plans for Office 365 include the ability to create a Powerpoint slide library. This allows the user to publish a deck to Sharepoint online and then later build a new deck by selecting just the wanted slide. This way, the online slide is updated and the user’s deck is automatically refreshed with the new content.
Onenote has built in the ability to open a Onenote notebook stored in Sharepoint Online and keep it synchronized with the user’s PC. This notebook can be shared with other people in order to have a common workspace for keeping details, forms or other information that needs to be distributed. At the workplace, Excel sheets are mostly required by several people to use in order to keep up to date. Sharepoint Online has a useful feature that allows “Import a Spreadsheet”. Once imported, multiple users can update the list. Once the list is finally updated, Sharepoint sends a notification email to the initial user who can easily export the list again to Excel.
Thus, Office 365 has enhanced Microsoft Office 2010 to work in ways that are not possible when working on a single PC.