The Microsoft Office 365 Applications and Services – an Overview (Part 1)

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The Microsoft Office 365 Applications and Services – an Overview (Part 1)

Office 365 applicationsIn last week’s post, we have already given you a first overview of the various Microsoft Office 365 plans and the Office 365 applications and services that are included in those plans.

Below you will find a few more details about the use and the benefits of the different applications and services, so you can make an even better informed choice.

Available Microsoft Office 365 Applications and Services

These are the different applications and services available for Microsoft Office 365 and part of the Office 365 plans. Depending on the particular plan, the variation of the included applications and services differs. In addition, some of the applications are only available for PC, not for Mac.


  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • OneNote
  • Access (only available for PC)
  • Publisher (only available for PC)


  • OneDrive
  • Skype
  • Skype for Business
  • SharePoint
  • Exchange
  • Microsoft Teams

A Closer Look at the Different Office 365 Applications

Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Word (for word processing tasks), Excel (spreadsheets for calculation, graphing tools and pivot tables, and PowerPoint (for the creation of presentation slides) are probably the best-known Microsoft Applications. They have been around in various versions since the 1990’s (PowerPoint) and even 1980’s (Word and Excel).


Outlook is another classic among the Microsoft Office Applications. Microsoft released the first version in the early 90’s. Outlook is widely known as an email application, but it also features a calendar, contact organizing and note taking function.


We have already written more extensively about the benefits and use of Microsoft OneNote in one of our previous blog posts. One of its main purposes is the organization of notes, but users can also embed various other files (audio, video, graphics etc.), create free-hand drawings and record audio. In addition, it allows the sharing of the so-called “workbooks” with other users, which makes OneNote a great tool for team collaborations.

How to Master Microsoft Office 365

We will continue this overview of the different Office 365 applications and services in our next post.

In the meantime, have a look at our trainings and certification courses for Microsoft Office 365 to find out how to make the most of its features. TechSherpas are certified Microsoft Gold Partners and provide you with competent and professional instructors, for in-house learning as well as learning solutions on-demand and live/online.



Which of the Microsoft Office 365 Plans Is Right For Me?

Microsoft Office 365 PlansTo decide, which of the available Microsoft Office 365 Plans is the right one for your requirements, let us go through the various selection criteria to point you into the right direction.

Microsoft Office 365 Plans for Home and Business

First of all, there is the option for home use:

  • Office 365 Home
  • Office 365 Personal

with a special version

  • Office Home and Students 2016 for PC

For business purposes, you have the choice between three different options:

  • Office 365 Business
  • Office 365 Premium Business
  • Office 365 Business Essentials

Microsoft Office 365 is available for PC and Mac. The Homes and Students version (only for PC) can be purchased for a one-time payment. All other versions are paid for on a monthly basis, with a minimum commitment of one year.

Which of the Microsoft Office 365 Applications and Services do you need?

Depending on which of the Microsoft Office 365 plans you select, an array of different Microsoft applications and services is included in the plan.


  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote
  • Outlook
  • Publisher (only for PC)
  • Access (only for PC)

All of these applications are included in Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal, as well as (except Publisher) in Office 365 Business and Office 365 Premium Business.

The Office Home and Students 2016 for PC plan includes a limited selection:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote

The Office 365 Business Essentials plan does not include any application.


  • OneDrive
  • Skype/Skype for Business
  • Exchange
  • SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams

Office Home and Students 2016 for PC does not include any service.

For the other plans, a differing selection applies:

OneDrive is included in each of the plans (except Office Home and Students 2016 for PC). Apart from Office 365 Business (and the student version), Skype or Skype for Business are part of all plans. Office 365 Premium Business and Office 365 Business Essentials both also include SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.

Getting the best use out of Microsoft Office 365

Finding the right Microsoft Office 365 plan is only the first step though. We, at TechSherpas , are certified Microsoft Gold Partners. In order to get the best use out of the selected plans and its individual features for home and business, have a look at our various Microsoft Office 365 trainings, certification courses and boot camps.



One-day Microsoft training classes get you in and out with what you need

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are mastery technological skills, but a solid foundation certainly can be. In just one day, you can learn to be more efficient through software capabilities, taking the guessing and learning curve out of your daily job functions. In just one day, you can get what you need to make your work day more productive. Among our vast selection of IT training courses, we have the one-day, wham bam, and let’s get down to business, course for you. With these courses, you will get the skills you need to wiz through daily tasks, impress your fellow peers and your boss, and help calm the storm the next time someone is a battering their keyboard. This week’s featured classes are those 1 day-ers that get you in and out, preparing you to move onto bigger and better things.

80447: Integrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010
Customers make the business world go round. That is why utilizing a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system is crucial. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM system can help reduce costs, and increase productivity by automating business process that nurture customer relationships and satisfaction. There are many advantages to integrating Sharepoint with CRM. Some of the main pluses are:

The ability to share folders with all types of documents
Enterprise search
Customer/client portal
Out-if-the-box dashboards
Class 80447 is a one-day course that will explain why and how to integrate these two Microsoft technologies. By taking this one day course, you will learn the following:

The kinds of business problems SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics CRM is designed to solve
Identify the most common scenarios where SharePoint and Dynamics CRM can be used together
Learn basic Microsoft Dynamics CRM customization techniques required to build integrated applications
Understand and Work with SharePoint Web Parts and Pages
Understand and Use SharePoint Designer Data Views to Expose Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Data
Understand how to use the Business Data Catalog with data From Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Filtered Views
Understand how to configure, publish, and view Excel spreadsheets using Excel Services
Demonstrate how to install, configure, and use the default integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.
Understand how Business Connectivity Services and Excel Services can be used to display Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 data within SharePoint.
Understand how to leverage and configure SharePoint searching capabilities to search Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 data from within SharePoint.
Explain how Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Microsoft SharePoint 2010, PowerPivot, and Power View can be used together to provide rich business intelligence solutions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.
Mastering Microsoft Office Word
Word processing is the use of computers to create, revise, and save documents for printing and future retrieval. Back in the day it did this in the most basic way, with a couple formatting option, bold and underline texts. Nowadays, this tool can transform a plain typed document into a colorful vivid piece of marketing art. Word! It is also a wonderful tool for creating professional business documents. Most of us use Microsoft Word on a daily basis, and don’t even fully understand all of its functionalities, and end up screaming at the screen because formatting is a little funky or you just can’t get it to do what you want. Yes, you remember that fit you had once or twice. Well these courses will solve that problem, and provide endless business solutions. You will be impressed with all the cool things this tool really can do.

50126: Microsoft Office Word 2007 Step by Step Level 1
Course 50126 is the first in a series of three Microsoft Office Word 2007 courses. It will provide you with the basic concepts required to produce basic business documents, as you will create, edit, and enhance standard business documents using Microsoft Office Word 2007.Once you have completed this course you will be able to:

Create a basic document using Microsoft Word.

  • Edit documents by locating and modifying text.
  • Format text.
  • Format paragraphs.
  • Add tables to a document.
  • Add graphic elements to a document.
  • Control a document’s page setup and its overall appearance.
  • Proof documents to make them more accurate.

50542: Learn Microsoft Word 2010 Step by Step Level 2

Course 50542 is designed for those who already have the Level 1 Skills (ability to use Microsoft Word 2010 to create, edit, format, save, and print basic business documents containing text, tables, and graphics), but need to know how to create or modify complex business documents and customized Word efficiency tools. It also aims to assist those preparing for the Microsoft Office Specialist exams for Microsoft Word 2010. You will create complex documents and build personalized efficiency tools using Microsoft Office Word 2010, and will leave with these skills:

  • Ability to manage lists.
  • Customize tables and charts
  • Customize the formatting of a document using styles and themes
  • Modify pictures in a document
  • Create customized graphic elements
  • Insert content using Quick Parts
  • Control text flow
  • Use templates to automate document creation
  • Use the mail merge function
  • Use macros to automate common tasks

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  • 80447: Integrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010 – 7/30/2013
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