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The Internet can really level the playing field for professionals and small businesses. It can help you put your business and your brand out there. And it can give you new ways to work with your team and your customers. SharePoint Online in Office 365 makes it a snap to have a professional presence on the Web and use the Web to work together more efficiently—all with a familiar interface with no coding or IT management.
Get a professional, up-to-date Web site—in minutes
With Office 365, you don’t have to hire a consultant or learn HTML to create and update a pro-quality Web site. The first thing you’ll want to do is get your own domain name that helps customers find and remember your Web site. You can use your domain name with Office 365 to project a professional presence.
Now it’s time to build your Web site. It’s easiest to start with one of the many professionally-designed templates included with Office 365. You select and edit your Web site using the Office ribbon that you’re familiar with from Word and other Office programs. You can add and position images and add text and links as easily as if you were creating a Word document. Then, preview your Web site to see how it will look to customers.
One of the best things about a Web site is that you can keep it up to date with new information about your company, including news, events, and new products or services. With Office 365, you can easily edit your Web site without touching a line of code. Preview changes to make sure they look right, save the changes, and your updates are live almost instantly.
Work together on documents
Whether you’re writing a proposal, preparing a presentation, analyzing financials, or creating a marketing brochure, Office 365 gives you tools for working together on documents in a faster and more efficient way than through email.
When collaborating over email, you either have to wait for each member of the team to make changes, or worse yet, work in parallel and merge the changes by hand. With a SharePoint Team Site and you’ll be amazed at how it transforms the process. Everyone can access the latest version of the document in a central location so they’re always responding to the most up-to-date information.
Want to work on a document offline? Use SharePoint Workspace* to sync a document library with your PC. Changes you make offline are synced to the original next time you connect.
Don’t have Office handy on your computer? Use Office Web Apps to work with documents through any Web browser. You’ll see the documents in full fidelity and make edits with the confidence that the original formatting and structure of the document will be preserved.
Creating a Team Site and adding sites to it is easy. Just choose a template from the extensive menu of options and your site is ready to go. You can even set up a Team Site that lets you leave comments and status updates like a social networking site so the team always knows what’s up and who’s doing what.
With SharePoint Online in Office 365, you can get a professional presence on the Web and get new, yet familiar ways to work together—all with the familiar Office 365 experience.
-Allen, Office 365 Product Manager
*SharePoint Workspace comes with Office Pro Plus, which comes with some Office 365 plans and be added onto all others
Are there going to be any Office 365 equivalents of "Reports" that are available in the current OLSB offering? Knowing numbers of hits, views, operating systems, browsers etc has made a difference in being able to target potential audiences.
To Ken Robson UK,
There's no indication OLSB sites can be transitioned into 365 at all, let alone automatically. There isn't even the OLSB capability to package an old site as a solution and install it in 365. The best we've heard is "any degree of automation won't be available until 2012". Even if the solution option was added it would have to be tested and in beta for a while before being released.
I fully understand MS never wanted to be in the free public web site hosting business in the first place. I also understand the golden goose (Office) is dying a slow death and their need to remake their approach to that segment. But claiming that O365 Sm Business is a "direct replacement for OLSB" is at best disingenuous.
And not communicating whether or not it ever will be is just plain disrespectful of the hundreds of thousands of loyal OLSB users.
Has anyone noticed that Microsoft is awfully silent regarding public websites ? No one from the O365 team even bothers to shed a light on the issues being raised on this post. Not even a single comment.
I spent months working on increasing the ranking for my website so that I could have a top location on Google. Now with the migration am I going to loose my ranking, or my nice design I have created? Please you better come up with a good solution for all of us! I do not want to loose what I have worked so hard to obtain!
Thanks for the Instructional videos they are helpful especially for small organizations and blog integration would be nice. It is also great to have revived my enthusiasm & commitment to the MS Package both ‘old’ & now the new 365!
Are there robots posting on this forum? I have seen a lot of exceptionally generic comments praising the 365 service. The comment by helenmicheal above is a composition of segments of 3 different comments on this blog post verbatim. See the comments on the first page.
@Allen_MSFT, what's the point of posting this blog if people's questions and concerns are not being addressed ?
I have worked on my Beta 365 website, but I am unable to see it onthe Internet through Google, I have no idea whether I have succesfully developed a website siince it only seems to reference sharepoint!
I dont have my own domain name so want to use the Microsoft one
I am a bit stuck now - can you tell me how to publish to the net and then find it - as I would like to be able to send a link to it to my friends and family
To all above Commenting People:
I fully agree with you all. All the features of MS OLSB are very much needed but, some major basic features will be missed in the MS Office 365 public facing website after migration. The contact manager will not be there. Publishing lists will be missing. Publishing a calendar from a teamsite to a public site for viewing purposes seems not to be possible. MS Office 365 public site editor still forces you to use Wordpress as a blog.
When I tried to build a teamsite with pages, subpages and sub-subpages, I got stuck, and have still not found an easy solution. It looks that the only solution is to develop a custom teamsite in MS Visual Studio.This is very disappointing. I am still learning but, after all the time I have spent I should have found an easy solution to build a public facing website as in MS OLSB, and to build a team site as I wanted to. However, I have not found a simple solution yet. MS Sharepoint Designer helps a bit but doesn't give a solution to build a teamsite with pages, subpages and sub-subpages. I hate to complain but, this time I am not happy.
My public website has been hosted by OLSB for a few years. It was created using Microsoft Expression Web. I posted a question to the Office 365 team and I was informed that Sharepoint Online uses Sharepoint Designer and I will not be able to transfer my website to Office 365. I've been testing the editor in O365 and it just doesn't give me the same creative freedom that I need to create or maintain a professional site. Its clear that we will be paying for downgraded services if we migrate to Office 365.
We started Office 365 public beta in April 2011. Since then, we have seen over a hundred thousand businesses
Nice video. to create a site from the scrtch i would recommend this site.ashrafhossain.wordpress.com
BWS designed my website, which is both aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly. I found BWS to be both professional and efficient, not only in designing the website itself..."
Does anyone know if the user accounts will be deactivated from live when teh sevice ends. We have our domain from godaddy used in live for our web site and several live accounts for email, bu just am wondering besided the web site move which seems like the thing to do, what else will we be losing?
I've moved from OLSB and wish I hadn't bothered. My website has lost it's ranking, I've lost money and customers. I was taken in by the hype and have lost confidence in Microsoft as a result. The tools to create a dynamic website aren't there. Basic tools mean that you don't listen to your customers, allow them to grow their business and create loyalty. I am considering leaving due to no communication from anyone.
My loyalty is severly waning.