Introduction to SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online is a cloud-based service that helps organizations share and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers. With SharePoint, you can access internal sites, documents, and other information from anywhere—at the office, at home, or from a mobile device.

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.

Tile image of a gear to suggest the concept of configuring global settings for a SharePoint Online environment.
Set up your SharePoint environment
Who does this? Global admin and SharePoint admin in Office 365
Planning for your SharePoint hub sites
Manage external sharing
Manage search
Manage site creation
Customize featured links
Tile image of a stack of papers to represent the concept of organizing content
Organize site content and plan content features
Who does this? Site collection admins, site owners, and key content stakeholders in your business
Plan the content for your SharePoint site
Tile image of a tool box to suggest the concept of customizing sites and building solutions.
Customize sites with solutions & apps
Who does this? SharePoint admin, site owners, solution developers
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 quotas, number of supported site collections, 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