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Woody Walton

 

Okay, so I usually know when a great resource comes around that is perfect for partners and relates to one our chief solution offerings, Microsoft Office 365.  It seems I missed one.   I asked around and it seems a lot of my peers missed this one too so I do not feel so bad.  (Incidentally, I found this whilst looking at the Microsoft Office 365 technical certifications that recently debuted here.)

 

Last July, right around the time we launched Microsoft Office 365 MS Press released Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime by Katherine Murray.  How this happened under my radar is not known, but now that I know, I want to share.

You can both download and find out more about the free eBook here.

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I see this resource as valuable to partners in to key ways. First, it is a nice publication to leave behind at a customer to help answer any questions about Office 365 during the sales process; second, it is the a great leave behind and training aid for customers you have just migrated or introduced to Office 365.  The book contains content for both the technically focused customer, and the productivity worker.   Additionally,  it is downloadable in PDF, epub, and mobi versions for your favorite e-reader.

I have included some pastes from the aforementioned post to more fully explain the merits of this ebook.

Who This Book Is For

Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime is all about cloud solutions for small businesses, focusing on the core software services (Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Office Web Apps, and Microsoft Lync), and demonstrating ways you can create, manage, and lead teams effectively using the communications and collaborative online tools.

You’ll find helpful ideas and solutions in Office 365 if you

· Own or work in a small business and want to be flexible where and when you work.

· Need to collaborate with others near or far.

· Want to store and work with files online from any point you have web access.

· Lead a team online or face to face.

 

When I read this I immediately thought they were pitching this book to the poster child for the small businesses that you as Microsoft partners cater to!  I know that many of you who follow this blog work almost exclusively with small businesses, and this book should go hand in hand with your sales efforts around cloud.  What a great value added piece of e-collateral to add to your tool bag.   …Better late than never!

 

Below I have included the contents of Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime. Take a look, you may want to read it and learn something too.  The Contents is nothing but thorough!

Contents

Introduction

Part I Finding Your Place in the Cloud

Chapter 1
What’s Happening with the World of Work?
■ Teams, Teams Everywhere���In the Office and Outside of It
■ Worldwide Collaboration Is Here
■ Going for the Green—With Groups of All Sizes
■ Heads in the Cloud (Computing)
■ A Closer Look at Office 365
■ What’s Next
Chapter 2 Getting Started with Office 365
■ Creating Your Office 365 Account
■ A Look Around the Office 365 Home Page

■ Setting Up a Profile
■ How Does All This Work?
■ What’s Your Service? Different Setups, Different Services
■ Getting Ready to Use Office 365
■ How Office 365 Meets Small Business Needs
■ What’s Next
Chapter 3 Administering an Office 365 Account
■ Are You an Administrator?
■ An Overview of Your Administrative Tasks
■ First Things First: Key Tasks to Complete
■ Adding and Managing Office 365 Users
■ Viewing Domain Properties
■ Setting Up and Managing Outlook and Exchange
■ Setting Up SharePoint Online
■ Configuring Lync Online
■ Managing Your Subscriptions
■ Getting Help with Office 365
■ What’s Next

Part II Teamwork in the Cloud
Chapter 4 What Your Team Can Do with Office 365
■ Starting with the End in Mind
■ Creating a Shared Space
■ Sharing Calendars Securely
■ Translating Content on the Fly
■ Making Instant Contact with Team Members
■ Holding Online Meetings
■ Broadcasting Presentations Online
■ Creating and Modifying a Website
■ What’s Next

Chapter 5 Creating Your Team Site with SharePoint Online
■ Planning Your Team Site
■ Creating a Simple Team Site—Fast
■ Putting Some Thought into the Team Site Design
■ Choosing a Site Theme
■ Changing the Text Layout of Your Page
■ Posting an Update
■ Adding and Formatting Pictures
■ Adding a New Page
■ Entering and Editing Content
■ Adding Web Parts
■ Sharing Your Site
■ What’s Next
Chapter 6 Posting, Sharing, and Managing Files
■ What Is a Document Library (and Where Is It)?
■ Creating a Document Library
■ Organizing Document Libraries
■ Working with Document Library Files
■ What’s Next
Chapter 7 Adding and Managing Workflows
■ Introducing Office 365 Workflows
■ Creating a New Workflow
■ Using a Workflow for Your Project
■ Managing Workflows
■ What’s Next
Chapter 8 Working with Office 2010 Web Apps
■ A First Look at Office Web Apps
■ Creating, Saving, and Closing a New File
■ Working with an Existing File
■ Choosing Your Tools
■ Levels of Editing in Office Web Apps
■ Co-authoring with Office Web Apps
■ Reviewing and Editing Excel Worksheets
■ Working with OneNote Notebooks
■ What’s Next
Chapter 9 Going Mobile with Office 365
■ How Will You Use Your Phone with Office 365?
■ Receiving and Sending Email on Your Phone
■ Using the Office Hub on Your Windows Phone 7
■ Last-Minute Word Editing on Your Mobile Device
■ Reviewing and Updating Excel Data
■ Tweaking a PowerPoint Presentation on Your Phone
■ What’s Next

Part III Connecting in Real Time

Chapter 10 Email and Organize with Office 365
■ Introducing Outlook Web App
■ Checking and Managing Email
■ Working with Your Calendar
■ Importing and Managing Your Contacts
■ Adding and Completing Tasks
■ What’s Next
Chapter 11 Talking It Over with Microsoft Lync
■ Introducing Microsoft Lync
■ Working with Contacts in Lync
■ Instant Messaging with Your Team
■ Making a Call with Lync
■ Sharing Programs and Files
■ What’s Next
Chapter 12 Designing Your Public Website
■ Getting Started with Your Public Website
■ Choosing a Theme and Header Style
■ Choosing a Custom Color Scheme
■ Adding and Formatting Text
■ Inserting, Formatting, and Aligning Images
■ Adding and Organizing Pages■ Selecting a Navigation Layout
■ Adding Gadgets to Your Site
■ Optimizing Your Site for Web Search Results
■ Previewing and Publishing Your Site
■ What’s Next
Chapter 13 Integrating All Parts of Office 365
■ Using It All Together—Online and Off
■ Getting Productive with Office 365
■ Creating an Annual Report
■ Tracking a Sales Promotion
■ Preparing an Online Training Module
■ Happily Ever After…in the Cloud

Appendix A Extras for Great Teams
■ Thinking Through Your Group Process
■ Team Contact List
■ Excel Worksheet with Licenses and Permissions
■ Meeting Agenda Template
■ Tips for Your Team Site
■ Proposal Checklist
■ Marketing Checklist

 

 

Enjoy!

-Woody