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

Before you dive into building and configuring your organization's SharePoint environment, there are a few things you should think about. For example, how will you manage sites with the objective to collaborate (team sites) and those with the objective to broadcast and share content for viewing (communication sites)?

We've divided the planning process into three steps. With each step, you'll find helpful resources to guide your decisions and get you better acquainted with SharePoint.

Gear icon.
Set up your SharePoint environment
Who does this? Global admins and SharePoint admins in Office 365
Planning for your SharePoint hub sites
Manage external sharing
Manage search
Manage site creation
Stack of papers icon
Organize site content and plan content features
Who does this? Site admins, site owners, and key content stakeholders in your organization
Plan the content for your SharePoint site
Toolbox icon.
Customize sites with solutions & apps
Who does this? SharePoint admins, site owners, solution developers
Customizing SharePoint
SharePoint development

More resources

Here are some articles that provide key information you may want to refer to during planning and as you maintain your SharePoint sites.

If you're looking for this information: Go to this resource:
What SharePoint features are available in different Office 365 plans, or how different SharePoint Online plans compare to SharePoint Server on-premises
SharePoint Online Service Description
SharePoint Online video training
SharePoint training
Storage space, number of supported sites, number of supported users
SharePoint Online Limits
How to use the SharePoint Online Management Shell to perform administrative tasks from the command line
Getting started with the SharePoint Online Management Shell
How to integrate an on-premises deployment of SharePoint Server with SharePoint Online
Hybrid for SharePoint Server
Where to find partners who provide solutions or services for Office 365
Microsoft Partner Center