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Start making the most of the latest collaboration tools in Microsoft 365—including Teams, SharePoint, Power Apps, Power BI, Power Automate, Microsoft Groups, Office ProPlus, Yammer, Planner, Stream, Forms, and OneDrive. Integrate these collaboration tools into your team’s projects to boost productivity, engagement, innovation, and enjoyment at work. This book walks you through all the latest features, teaching you how to choose the right tools and get the most out of them for your situation.

While technologies for collaboration are more advanced than ever before, there also are more of them, making it all the more confusing. Beginning Microsoft 365 Collaboration Apps will help you make sense of what is available and provide prescriptive guidance to you and your team on how to be more productive.

This fully updated and expanded new edition contains lots of new content, screenshots and samples, and all new chapters on Power BI and Power Apps.

What You Will Learn

Know the collaboration applications and features available across Microsoft 365, and how to choose the ones that are right for you and your colleagues in any given situationUnderstand the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model and how it enables users to be more effective and productive in remote situationsDiscover how multi-device usability and real-time cloud synchronization can help your team collaborate anytime, anywhere, across the appsFind out how Planner can help you manage projects and tasks, even without a project managerExplore Microsoft Power Automate and Power Apps to connect applications and services and create codeless applications and workflows

Who This Book is For

Microsoft 365 business users with a limited technical background. You should be familiar with the Microsoft Office suite of products such as Word and Outlook, and work in a team environment. An active Microsoft 365 would be useful as well.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Getting Started

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Welcome to Microsoft 365

Abstract
Welcome to Beginning Microsoft 365 Collaboration Apps. My intention with this book is to introduce the concepts behind Microsoft 365, how it works, and what it can offer you regarding functionality, collaboration, and ease of use. There are many applications within Microsoft 365, and I will focus on the specific applications that foster collaboration, dedicating a chapter to each.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

The Applications

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Chapter 2. SharePoint Online

Abstract
In the last chapter, you created the Microsoft 365 environment to begin your journey through the collaboration apps. The first app I will discuss is SharePoint, which has gone through a few iterations and with each release gets better and better. SharePoint is Microsoft’s answer to document management, sites, and collaboration; it serves as an integration backbone for many of Microsoft’s other products, such as OneDrive, Teams, and Power Automate.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 3. OneDrive

Abstract
In the last chapter, I discussed SharePoint Online and how it can help organize content around document libraries and sites at the organization level. In this chapter, I will discuss OneDrive, which allows content to be stored in Microsoft 365 and always available. OneDrive will allow you to store up to 1 (one) terabyte (TB) of content, which is then accessible from any Internet-connected device. OneDrive is geared toward the individual user, and there are two flavors currently offered by Microsoft: OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. I will focus on OneDrive for Business because it is included in your Microsoft 365 subscription, whereas OneDrive is targeted at consumers purchasing home subscriptions of Microsoft 365. For our purposes and discussion, I will refer to OneDrive for Business as just OneDrive.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 4. Microsoft 365 Groups

Abstract
In the previous chapter, I discussed OneDrive, which allows content to be stored in Microsoft 365 and always available. In this chapter, I will discuss Microsoft 365 Groups, which brings email, calendars, SharePoint sites, Planner, OneNote, and the ability to integrate other third-party sources into a single, concise application. Microsoft 365 Groups is the ultimate tool for teams to collaborate and share information. This application mash-up aims to bring together people from inside or outside the organization and collaborate using the familiar tools of Microsoft 365.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 5. Teams

Abstract
Microsoft 365 presents different ways of working, each with a different set of capabilities. For example, SharePoint is best suited for document and item management and as a place to share information. Microsoft 365 Groups combines the familiar inbox with a SharePoint site. Teams works in a completely different way: it employs the concepts of chatting and collaboration.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 6. Yammer

Abstract
In the last chapter on Microsoft Teams, we discussed an application that allows collaboration in an email-less environment. In this chapter, we will explore Yammer, which is similar to but different from Teams.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 7. Office

Abstract
In the last chapter, you explored Microsoft Yammer and its ability to deliver communication for the entire enterprise. In this chapter, you will explore Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft’s flagship productivity end user application, which is available with most subscriptions to Microsoft 365. It includes Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, OneNote, Publisher, OneDrive for Business, Teams, Access, and Sway (web version only). I will highlight the key applications in the suite and provide a quick overview and some functionality of each.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 8. Planner

Abstract
In the previous chapter, I discussed the familiar Office applications and some of their benefits. In this chapter, I will review Microsoft Planner, which is a Microsoft 365 product that allows you and your team to create tasks and plans to manage tasks and projects. With Planner, you can assign tasks to users, monitor their statuses, and report on them. By utilizing this Microsoft 365 application, you can finally get rid of all the Post-It notes littering your desk and the countless Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and do not have to utilize Microsoft Project to manage simple or ad hoc projects, which might not be available in your workplace.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 9. Stream

Abstract
In Chapter 8, I reviewed Planner, a new application to manage tasks within Microsoft 365. In this chapter, I will discuss Microsoft Stream, an application to upload and consume video. Over the past few years, video content has exploded and arguably has invaded both our personal and business lives.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 10. Forms

Abstract
In Chapter 9, I discussed Stream, which provides video capabilities and a platform for enterprises. Microsoft Forms is an application from Microsoft that is used to create forms and surveys to collect information and quizzes that can be shared and graded. Forms is built with a mobile-first approach, ensuring that it works not only on the mobile platform but also on many other devices.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 11. Power Automate

Abstract
In Chapter 10, I discussed Microsoft Forms, which allows for the creation of web-based forms for data collection, surveys, or quizzes. In this chapter, I will focus on Power Automate, which is an application from Microsoft centered on automation and integration between many services. Power Automate is an important part of Microsoft's Power Platform.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 12. Power BI

Abstract
In the first chapter, you created the Microsoft 365 environment to begin your journey through the collaboration apps. An important piece of Microsoft’s “Power Platform” is Power BI. Power BI is Microsoft’s data visualization software. Power BI is a lot more than the graphs and charts that you can make in Excel. The charts and graphs are not static, but reactive. When you click an element, the rest of the report will change to reveal information specific to where you clicked. Your data can also be drilled down into more specific information or related information to what is currently being displayed. It is more than just that a single graph or dataset, but how multiple sets of data are related to one another. In this way, you are able to explore your data in a way you never could with static charts.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 13. Power Apps

Abstract
In the previous chapter, I discussed Power BI, Microsoft’s data and reporting platform. In this chapter, I will be discussing Microsoft PowerApps, a new and innovative way to build solutions within Microsoft 365.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

Chapter 14. Making Sense of It All

Abstract
As you saw throughout this book, Microsoft 365 provides a comprehensive suite of apps to foster collaboration in the workplace. Collaboration is not just working on a document together but sharing information, working on a team, and managing aspects and artifacts in the workplace.
Ralph Mercurio, Brian Merrill

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