Plan for Office Online
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This Planning Office 365 Workloads and Applications course will teach you how to plan for Office 365 workload deployments and hybrid solutions. You will learn how to identify hybrid requirements for Exchange and SharePoint hybrid solutions, and how to plan connectivity and data flow for Office 365 services, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams. You’ll learn how to plan migration strategies for Exchange, SharePoint, and Teams, and how to determine the best strategies.

Later in the course, you will learn how to plan Office 365 application deployments and how to plan application updates. You’ll also learn about the different update channels and when to use each.

Learning Objectives

  • How to plan for Office 365 workload deployments
  • How to plan for migrations and hybrid solutions
  • How to plan for Office 365 application deployments

Intended Audience

  • IT professionals who are interested in obtaining an Microsoft 365 certification
  • Those tasked with planning Office 365 deployments and migrations


  • A decent understanding of Office 365 workloads, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams

Office Online is a free web-based version of Microsoft Office. Because it's web-based, it will run on all kinds of platforms, including Linux desktops, Chromebooks, iPads, and even Android tablets. 

Office Online requires no special plug-ins and works with most popular browsers including Chrome, Safar, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Edge. Having said that, Office online is really a more limited, stripped down version of its desktop counterpart. 

For example, while Office Online provides a web version of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and OneNote, other apps like Access are noticeably missing. Additionally, Office Online applications offer fewer features than their desktop counterparts. 

Office Online will obviously not work without an Internet connection either. When planning for an Office deployment, you'll need to decide if the stripped down web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are sufficient for your business. 

If you can get away with basic tasks, Office Online may be an option. Otherwise, if you need more robust editing and creation features, Office 365 would be the better choice. If Office Online does ultimately fit the bill for your organization, be sure to use the latest versions of Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome for best results. If your organization runs older versions of these browsers, your Office Online planning should include a plan for upgrading these browsers.

About the Author
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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.