Introduction to SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online is a cloud-based service that helps organizations share and manage content, knowledge, and applications to:

  • Empower teamwork
  • Quickly find information
  • Seamlessly collaborate across the organization

The resources on this page are designed to get you started. Depending on the needs of your organization, you may want to read about migration and governance options before you start rolling SharePoint out to your users. If you're ready to get started with SharePoint, read about collaboration options and how to create a modern intelligent intranet. As you roll out SharePoint to your organization, remember to train your users to help them get the most out of these tools.

If you're just starting out with SharePoint, learn about the FastTrack onboarding and adoption services, find a SharePoint certified partner, or visit the SharePoint community.

Once you're using SharePoint, get the OneDrive sync app and the Mobile app. You can also suggest a feature.

Migration

If you have files on-premises that you need to move to SharePoint in Microsoft 365, or if you're still using SharePoint Server, the resources in this section can help you get started.

If you're looking for this information: Go to this resource:
How to migrate content from file shares, SharePoint Server, or other cloud providers to OneDrive in Microsoft 365 Migrate content to OneDrive

How to migrate from on-premises file shares to Microsoft 365

The SharePoint Migration Tool
How to use connect your existing on-premises SharePoint sites to SharePoint in Microsoft 365 Hybrid for SharePoint Server

Governance

If your organization has legal or other requirements that govern the handling of data, or if you have sensitive or confidential information that you want to protect, these references can help you configure SharePoint for your governance standards and policies.

If you're looking for this information: Go to this resource:
How to ensure that you retain files for a specified period of time, or delete them on a specified schedule Overview of retention policies

OneDrive retention and deletion
How to classify documents based on the sensitivity of the information Overview of sensitivity labels

Enable sensitivity labels for Office files in SharePoint and OneDrive
How to prevent the loss or exfiltration of important data in documents emails Overview of data loss prevention
Search for in-place items such as email, documents, and instant messaging conversations Content Search in Microsoft 365

If you use OneDrive in your organization and you want to protect important files by saving them to the cloud, govern how much storage space users get, or govern how users sync file, these references will help you configure your policies.

If you're looking for this information: Go to this resource:
Protect important files on users' desktops or in their Documents folder Redirect and move Windows known folders to OneDrive
Control how users sync files to their devices Use Group Policy to control OneDrive sync settings
Configure the amount of storage space users have in OneDrive Set the default storage space for OneDrive users

Collaboration

SharePoint provides a rich collaboration environment where people inside and outside your organization can work together, coauthoring document. Microsoft 365 provides a variety of options to help you create a secure and productive file collaboration environment that meets the needs of your organization. Use these resources to get started.

If you're looking for this information: Go to this resource:
Learn about file collaboration and how to plan your implementation File collaboration in SharePoint with Microsoft 365
Learn about collaborating with people outside your organization External sharing overview

Collaborate with guests
Use the security and compliance features in Microsoft 365 to help secure your guest sharing environment Create a secure guest sharing environment

Modern intranet

SharePoint provides a rich set of tools to help you create and maintain your organization's intranet. Use these resources to get started.

If you're looking for this information: Go to this resource:
Learn about the different types of SharePoint sites Plan your SharePoint site
Select whether to allow users to create their own sites Manage site creation
Learn how to plan an intelligent intranet for your organization Plan an intelligent SharePoint intranet

Planning your SharePoint hub sites

Training

Administrators are often called upon to teach others in the organization how to use new technologies. Use these resources to help your users be successful with SharePoint in Microsoft 365.

If you're looking for this information: Go to this resource:
Set up a customizable training portal with Microsoft training content for your organization Microsoft 365 learning pathways
Show your users the basics of SharePoint SharePoint training

Customization

SharePoint provides a wide range of options for customization. We recommend using the out-of-box features and functionality as much as possible to meet your organization's needs. If you do need to customize SharePoint, see these references.

If you're looking for this information: Go to this resource:
Understand how to customize SharePoint using modern tools and techniques Customizing SharePoint
Build SharePoint Framework solutions, apps, add-ins, and solutions SharePoint development

SharePoint Online Limits

Getting started with the SharePoint Online Management Shell

Microsoft Partner Center