Get started managing 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 five steps. With each step, you’ll find helpful resources to guide your decisions and get you better acquainted with SharePoint.

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Set up your SharePoint environment

Who does this?    Global admin and SharePoint admin in Office 365

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Plan sites and manage users

Who does this?   SharePoint admin and site collection admins.

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Organize site content and plan content features

Who does this?    Site collection admins, site owners, and key content stakeholders in your business

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Customize sites with solutions & apps

Who does this?   SharePoint admin, site owners, solution developers

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:

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What SharePoint features are available in different Office 365 plans, or information about how different SharePoint Online plans compare to SharePoint Server on-premises.

SharePoint Online Service Descriptions

SharePoint Online video training

SharePoint Online video training

Information about storage quotas, number of supported site collections, number of supported users.

SharePoint Online Limits

Information about using the SharePoint Online Management Shell to perform administrative tasks from the command line.

Introduction to the SharePoint Online Management Shell

Information about integrating an on-premises deployment of SharePoint Server with SharePoint Online.

Hybrid for SharePoint Server

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