Microsoft SharePoint Online is a collection of web-based tools and technologies that help your organization store, share, and manage digital information. Built on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013, this hosted service is ideal for working on projects, storing data and documents in a central location, and sharing information with others. The following Sites features provide a full set of tools that your organization can use to create any kind of site, plus a single infrastructure that simplifies site management. To find detailed information, see Find content about SharePoint Online.

Cross-browser support

SharePoint Online supports several commonly used web browsers, including the latest three versions of Internet Explorer, and the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari. Learn more about planning browser support.

Custom managed paths

By defining managed paths, you can specify which paths in the URL namespace of a web application are used for site collections. You can specify that one or more site collections exists at a specified path. This can be a convenient method of consolidating multiple site access to users in various departments. Learn more about managed paths.

Document libraries

Using site folders, you can easily navigate to the content you need. The site folders view in OneDrive for Business takes you directly to the document libraries of SharePoint sites you're following.


An important but often invisible part of any site is its governance model—the set of policies, roles, responsibilities, and processes that you establish to determine how the people in your group use SharePoint. Learn more about best practices for creating and managing team sites.

Large list scalability and management

By planning and using key list and library features, you can ensure that you and other users quickly find information without adversely affecting the performance of the rest of your site. Learn more about managing lists and libraries.

Mobile connectivity

You can access SharePoint sites on the go from an internet-connected mobile phone or tablet. You can view and update documents, lists, and other site content and collaborate with colleagues, all from your mobile device. Learn more about using a mobile device to work with SharePoint Online sites.

Multilingual User Interface

Use the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) feature to create sites in languages that are different from the default language of your SharePoint installation. Learn more about multilingual features.

OOTB web parts

A web part is a modular unit of information that forms the basic building block of a web part page.

Permissions management

SharePoint permissions are flexible and configurable enough for an organization to manage permissions at whatever level of detail that is needed. Three key security elements work together to control user access to sites and site content: permissions inheritance, permission levels (sometimes known as SharePoint roles), and SharePoint groups (or SharePoint security groups). Learn more about controlling user access with permissions.

Project site template

Use the project site template to create a site where you can capture tasks and assign them to people in your organization, store and manage project-related documentation, and track project team events on a common calendar. Learn more about project sites.

SharePoint lists

A list is a collection of data that you can share with team members and other site users. For example, you can create a sign-up sheet for an event or track team events on a calendar by using a list. You can use several ready-to-use lists and list templates, which provide a good starting point for organizing list items. Learn more about SharePoint lists.

Site designs

When you create a new site in SharePoint, you start by selecting a site template to base your site on. Site templates contain lists, libraries, pages, and other elements or features that support the needs of an organization. Learn more about customizing your team site.

Site themes (change the look)

You can quickly customize your team site so that it's easier to use and reflects your professional style and brand. Themes are a quick and way to apply colors and fonts to sites.

Site usage page

Web analytics reports are pre-built reports in SharePoint that use usage data to analyze various aspects of sites and site collections.

Task list

Task lists are used for managing work in a hierarchical way, with summary tasks and subtasks appearing in a single list. Tasks can have start and end dates, can be assigned to people in your organization, and can be included in an illustrated timeline. Learn more about adding tasks to your project.

Team notebook

When you create a team site, a OneNote 2013 shared notebook is automatically created as part of the site. You can use this notebook to capture, compile, and share information. (This feature is available only if you have signed up with an Office 365 suite that includes Office for the web support.)


Variations let you create, manage, and translate locale-specific content for intranet Publishing sites. Variations is not available for Office 365 public websites. Learn more about creating a multi-language website.

Feature availability

To view feature availability across Office 365 plans, standalone options, and on-premises solutions, see SharePoint Online Service Description.