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Office 365 is ready for you to use. You now have mailboxes, SharePoint sites, and instant messaging. This overview will help familiarize you with the services and features available in Office 365.

Note: Some of these services may not be included in your subscription.

Synchronizing on-premises mailboxes

You can set up email coexistence to permanently maintain some Exchange Server mailboxes on-premises and some online. Office 365 supports rich coexistence and simple coexistence options.

Read: Prepare for email migration and coexistence

Configuring services

When you begin to integrate your current environment with Office 365, you’ll need to configure some additional service-level settings. These will enable a richer interaction between your on-premises environment and Office 365. Some items may require changes to your existing on-premises environment.

Module for PowerShell
The Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell installs a set of Office 365 cmdlets that you can use to accomplish many administrative tasks, such as user management, domain management, and configuration of some of the service-level settings discussed on this page.

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Single sign-on
With single sign-on, also called identity federation, you can continue to support your Active Directory users, and your users can access Office 365 services using their existing on-premises credentials. Single sign-on requires Active Directory synchronization.

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Active Directory synchronization
If your company has Active Directory installed on-premises, you can synchronize user accounts, contacts, and groups from your local Active Directory to Office 365.

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Important note

During the sign-up process, you created a new domain for your account. This domain is fully functional; you can use it to send and receive email, create SharePoint sites, and create public websites. If your organization already has a registered domain name, you can add that domain to Office 365.

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Updating desktops
To ensure that the Office desktop apps installed on users’ computers function correctly with Office 365, you should deploy updates to users’ desktops or instruct users to do this themselves from the Downloads page.

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Migrating mailboxes to Office 365
Email migration involves moving existing mailboxes to Office 365. You can perform your migration all at once or in phases, depending on the size of your mailboxes or the type of email environment you’re using. A number of tools are available to help you with your migration.

Read: Migrate All Exchange Mailboxes to the Cloud

Read: Migrate E-Mail from an IMAP Server to Cloud-based Mailboxes

Read: Learn About Connected Accounts

Using SharePoint Online
SharePoint permissions and user groups are managed separately from the services settings. As the first administrator of your services, you’re also automatically added as an administrator on your SharePoint Online team site. However, new user accounts that you create in Office 365 are not automatically added to your SharePoint site’s user list. You’ll need to manually add users to the site, so that you can control who in your company has access to the team site. You can also set user account permissions that are specific to the SharePoint Online site.

Read: Basic tasks in SharePoint Online for Office 365 for enterprises

Using Lync Online
Users can download Lync Online to access their Office 365 instant messaging and online conferencing services. By default, users cannot add contacts from external messaging services, such as Windows Live Messenger, to their Lync Online accounts. If you would like to allow users to add external contacts, you can do so on the Lync Online Control Panel.

Read: Set up Microsoft Lync Online