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Enterprise scenarios for Office 365

You might be "all in" with the cloud, be moving there over time, or have business reasons to continue to maintain an on-premises environment. Here are some common scenarios for each situation:

Services and servers


Online services   

Focus on your business, without worrying about managing server infrastructure or how employees will access the information they need.

  • An educational institution uses Office 365 to enable administrators, teaching professionals, and students to collaborate on documents and over email.

  • A transportation company uses Office 365 to let deskless workers have a voice in their organization over email, on Yammer, and in SharePoint Online.

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Hybrid environments   

Many organizations opt for a hybrid approach, with some functionality in the cloud and some on-premises, or specific sets of users online or on-premises.

  • A consulting company uses hybrid search for SharePoint so employees can search for documents and expertise across their on-premises and online environments.

  • A university used a hybrid SharePoint environment as an interim step to moving to Office 365.

Find out more about hybrid environments for Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business.


Azure integration   

You can integrate with Microsoft Azure to host your platform or infrastructure, or to manage identities for Office 365.

  • A manufacturing company stores business application data in Microsoft Azure and uses Office 365 for email and collaboration.

Find out more about infrastructure options and Azure integration in Office 365 adoption and hybrid solutions and Integrate Office 365 with directory services.

On-premises server

On-premises servers   

On-premises servers are still available for companies that need to host their own infrastructure.

  • A financial services company continues to keep all of its email and documents on-premises and maintains separate Exchange and SharePoint environments for its investing and banking businesses.

  • A university hosts its own on-premises email infrastructure and has both Exchange 2016 and Exchange 2013 running while they upgrade users' mailboxes.

Go to the on-premises server documentation for: Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, or Skype for Business Server.

Learn how to create solutions for your business with Office's cloud and on-premises offerings: Office 365 adoption and hybrid solutions.

Learn how other companies are using Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business.

Client applications in Office 365


Run Office from a web browser   

Have your users connect to the cloud and create and edit documents by using Office Online.

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Let users install Office   

Have your users download and install Office apps from Office 365 onto their desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.

Install Office on your PC or Mac

Set up Office apps and email on a mobile device

Tools, maintenance

Control how Office gets deployed   

Install Office apps for your users with your existing tools, such as System Center Configuration Manager.

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