Office 365

Applies to: Office 365

Topic Last Modified: 2015-06-12

Microsoft SharePoint Online is a collection of Web-based tools and technologies that help your organization store, share, and manage digital information. Built on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013, this hosted service is ideal for working on projects, storing data and documents in a central location, and sharing information with others. The following Sites features provide a full set of tools that your organization can use to create any kind of site, plus a single infrastructure that simplifies site management. To find more detailed information, see Find content about SharePoint Online.

You can quickly customize your team site so that it’s easier to use and reflects your professional style and brand. You can change the background image, colors, site layout and fonts with just a few clicks. Learn more about customizing team sites.

By using the Connect to Office commands, you can conveniently access commonly used libraries from a Microsoft Office program. Learn more about Connect to Office commands.

SharePoint Online supports several commonly used web browsers, including the latest three versions of Internet Explorer, and the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari. Learn more about planning browser support.

By defining managed paths, you can specify which paths in the URL namespace of a Web application are used for site collections. You can specify that one or more site collections exists at a specified path. This can be a convenient method of consolidating multiple site access to users in various departments. Learn more about managed paths.

An important but often invisible part of any site is its governance model—the set of policies, roles, responsibilities, and processes that you establish to determine how the people in your group use SharePoint. Learn more about best practices for creating and managing team sites.

By planning and using key list and library features, you can ensure that you and other users quickly find information without adversely affecting the performance of the rest of your site. Learn more about managing lists and libraries.

You can access SharePoint sites on the go from an Internet-connected mobile phone or tablet. You can view and update documents, lists, and other site content and collaborate with colleagues, all from your mobile device. Learn more about using a mobile device to work with SharePoint Online sites.

Use the Multi-lingual User Interface (MUI) feature to create sites in languages that are different from the default language of your SharePoint installation. Learn more about multilingual features.

The My Tasks page on your personal site enables you to see all of the tasks that you are working on in one central location. Tasks are pulled from your personal site, project and team sites, Microsoft Outlook, and Project Web App.

A Web Part is a modular unit of information that forms the basic building block of a Web Part page.

SharePoint permissions are flexible and configurable enough for an organization to manage permissions at whatever level of detail that is needed. Three key security elements work together to control user access to sites and site content: permissions inheritance, permission levels (sometimes known as SharePoint roles), and SharePoint groups (or SharePoint security groups). Learn more about controlling user access with permissions.

Add project functionality to your team site to help plan and track a project. This functionality includes a task list with a visual timeline, a calendar, and the Project Summary web part. Learn more about project sites.

Use the project site template to create a site where you can capture tasks and assign them to people in your organization, store and manage project-related documentation, and track project team events on a common calendar. Learn more about project sites.

The Project Summary web part provides a visual timeline for a task list, and information about late and upcoming tasks and events. By default, it is included on the Home page for a project site, and it can be added to any other site that includes a task list. Learn more about the Project Summary web part.

Existing project workspace sites are upgraded in this version to look similar to newly-created project and team sites that include the project functionality. Upgraded project workspace sites can be used to capture tasks and assign them to people in your organization, store and mange project-related documentation, and track project team events on a common calendar. Learn more about project sites.

A list is a collection of data that you can share with team members and other site users. For example, you can create a sign-up sheet for an event or track team events on a calendar by using a list. You can use several ready-to-use lists and list templates, which provide a good starting point for organizing list items. Learn more about SharePoint lists.

Similar to the interface in products such as Microsoft Word, the ribbon is a toolbar that appears across the top of each SharePoint page and displays the most commonly-used controls and commands. The controls that appear on the ribbon vary according to the page you are viewing and the context.

Using site folders, you can easily navigate to the content you need. The site folders view in OneDrive for Business takes you directly to the document libraries of SharePoint sites you’re following.

Task lists are used for managing work in a hierarchical way, with summary tasks and subtasks appearing in a single list. Tasks can have start and end dates, can be assigned to people in your organization, and can be included in an illustrated timeline. Learn more about adding tasks to your project.

You can upload documents, pictures, and other types of files to your site by dragging them from your computer to a library on your site, such as Documents or your OneDrive for Business library.

When you create a team site, a OneNote 2013 shared notebook is automatically created as part of the site. You can use this notebook to capture, compile, and share information. (This feature is available only if you have signed up with an Office 365 suite that includes Office Online support.)

When you share a site, you invite other people to have access to the site. You can share any site in which you have the required permissions. As you set up sharing, you may be able to set permissions for the people you’re inviting to the site, depending on your own permissions.

When you create a new site in SharePoint, you start by selecting a site template to base your site on. Site templates contain lists, libraries, pages, and other elements or features that support the needs of an organization. Learn more about customizing your team site.

You can quickly customize your team site so that it’s easier to use and reflects your professional style and brand. Themes are a quick and way to apply colors and fonts to sites.

Web Analytics reports are pre-built reports in SharePoint that use usage data to analyze various aspects of sites and site collections.

Variations enable you to create, manage, and translate locale-specific content for intranet Publishing sites. Variations is not available for Office 365 public websites. Learn more about creating a multi-language website.

The Work Aggregation Service finds and pulls together tasks from all of your projects, across SharePoint, Outlook, and Project Web App.

To view feature availability across Office 365 plans, standalone options, and on-premise solutions, see SharePoint Online Service Description.

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