What is Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud?

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud hosted productivity, online collaboration and communications suite that provides many new features for SCF employees. Training will be provided to SCF employees in phases. Once your account has been migrated to the cloud, benefits include:
Email and calendars Available now. Use browser-based Outlook, including a 25 GB mailbox per user, shared calendars, and task-management tools. Desktop Outlook clients for PC and Macs are easily integrated and offer additional functionality.
Web conferencing Available with full Lync client. Provides hosting online meetings with audio and video using one-click screen sharing. Excellent for distance learning. Available with installation of the Lync client.
Instant messaging Available now. Connect with others via instant message and let people know your availability with your online status. Lync online is now available for everyone via Outlook Web Access.
File storage and sharing Training coming later this year. OneDrive gives users 7 GB of personal storage that syncs with their PC for offline access. Easily share documents with others through Office or SharePoint.
Team sites Future phase. Work together on projects, in study groups, or in clubs with team sites that help keep related documents, notes, tasks, and conversations organized together.
Office Web Apps Create and edit Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel documents from any modern browser.
Mobility Sync email, calendar, and contacts; access SharePoint sites; view and edit Office documents with Office Web Apps using a browser on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices. When your email account is migrated to the cloud, your new server address for devices will be
Reliability Microsoft guarantees services are available with a 99.9% uptime and a financially backed service level agreement (SLA).
Security Cutting-edge security practices with five layers of security and proactive monitoring help keep your data safe. SCF ITS continues to evaluate and strengthen network security controls to ensure data and data exchange protection.
Privacy Privacy guarantee. Microsoft does not scan emails or documents for advertising purposes.
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