Working with Microsoft Office 365: Running your small business in the cloud

Brett Hill

Published by

Microsoft Press

ISBN

9780735658998

RRP

£30.99

Reviewed by

Uma Kanagaratnam MBCS

Score

8 out of 10

The next wave in cloud computing offered by Microsoft is Microsoft Office 365. It is a collaborative software solution available anywhere at any time for a subscription fee.

The Office 365 features are only dependent on the subscription plan; there are no codes or special applications. One of its most desirable features is the ability to connect by using a mobile device.

Microsoft allows a 30-day free trial with almost all the features of a paid subscription. The trail account comes with 10 licenses, which you can decrease or increase upon converting to a paid subscription. In chapter 2 the author has provided some insight to the various plans and each have their benefits as well as limitations.

The book is not a technical reference, but rather a good introduction to Office 365. In chapter 5 the author walks through the process of setting up new users, assigning licenses and password management.

The reader is assisted in configuring the use of their domain name in Office 365 in chapter 6. The tutorial presented in the book is easy to follow and, as the target audience are small businesses who usually do not have a dedicated IT professional, the author’s visual representation with screenshots is very helpful.

Once users have been set up and the domain configured the next step is to set up Office 365. Chapter 7 runs through the necessary process to review the existing set-up and plan the migration procedure. The step-by-step procedure outlined by the author is most helpful. Having completed the set-up, the author moves on to using OWA (Microsoft Outlook Web App), SharePoint and Lync Online.

The book scores 8 / 10 in terms of content and value for money. The book is a good source as an introduction to Office 365. The external links provided by the author are an indispensable resource as he does not try to pack too much in to the book, which helps to keep the book concise.

Further information: O'Reilly

September 2012