By now you're sure to have noticed--our work world is changing. Doesn't it seem like fewer and fewer people come back from lunch on beautiful summer days? The halls seem empty. There's less office noise. On the one hand, that's a nice thing--fewer interruptions--but on the other, hey wait a minute, what are you missing?
Chances are that while you are toiling faithfully at your desk, many of your colleagues have discovered work without walls, that fabled opportunity where you can finish a report at a sidewalk cafe, look over worksheet formulas while waiting for your son at the dentist, or remote in to a virtual meeting just moments after you take a walk on the beach.
Yes, it's possible. And yes, it's already happening. And Office 365--the subject of my latest book and the program used to create the words you're now reading--makes it easy and affordable too.
Where we go from here
This site is designed to help you learn what you need to know about Office 365 in order to make your virtual work--that is, the work you do outside the office when you're logging in remotely--successful and even fun. Along the way you'll learn practical techniques for helping a virtual team really "gel," managing virtual projects, holding online meetings, and much more. I hope you find much you like and that you'll take a minute to send me a note about questions you have or additional content you'd like to see.
I think Microsoft Office 365 is one of the smartest products to hit the clouds in a long time, and it's only going to get better from here. So unchain yourself from that desk and come out and float around in the afternoon sun. We promise you'll get some work done while you do.
Katherine Murray is the author of more than 60 books on technology and digital lifestyle. Her most recent books include Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere (MicrosoftPress, 2011), Anytime, Microsoft Office 2010 Plain and Simple (Microsoft Press, 2010), Microsoft Word 2010 Plain and Simple (Microsoft Press, 2010), and Microsoft Word Inside Out (Microsoft Press, 2010). She's also the coauthor (with Woody Leonhard) of Green Home Computing for Dummies (Wiley, 2009), and writes regularly for CNET's TechRepublic and Windows Secrets.