office 365 can uwe discuss

hi,

I am interested in office 365. I need some help in understanding what I will be getting.
I know there are a lot of articles out there, but it is the dialogue with other members I am looking for.

if I choose to use their version of outlook on line:
does it look and feel like my local outlook?
using outlook on line( in addition to hosted exchange ) , would that preclude me from also having it locally?  my current exchange server is not local.

what functionality am  I loosing by going to hosted outlook...

I  appreciate all comments.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I do not use Outlook 365 on Exchange because this is my own laptop.

I got a Windows 8 Pro 64-bit ThinkPad about a month ago and it came with Office 365 as a trial. So I purchased a one year subscription and set it up.

Office 365 installed on an individual machine is Office 2013 and it is just the next step up from Office 2010. It works the same way and does the same things (only evolutionary more as always happens).

I have POP3 email (and I want POP3 email) so Outlook 2013 works just like Outlook 2010 from the point of view of local POP3 email.

I continue to use Office 2010 on my Windows 7 Desktop machine and I use the two suites interchangeably, use all the same documents on both and keep all the same email on both.

I had the same confusion as you but after installing and using Office 2013, I have not lost anything.

I suppose I could put my documents in the cloud and my email in the cloud but I don't want to. The thought of keeping 150Gb of documents, files and machines on someone else's server and accessing them over a link that will be slower than local machine access is not something I want or need. Everything is on my laptop and sync'd to my desktop and that works as I need to at the present time.

.... Thinkpads_User
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intelogentAuthor Commented:
thanks for the response...

when you say everything is on my laptop and synch'd to your desktop, I assume your talking not about the functionality of office 365, but rather like briefcase or the likes. yes?
are u synching  your PST also?

even though your using a pop3, does 365's hosted exchange give you a web interface? and curious to see if users prefer local outlook  Vs  office 365

btw.... nice to see you out here again.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I keep all documents and files on both machines via SyncBack Pro (2brightsparks.com) as it can sync thousand of files in hundreds of folders.

Do I sync PST files?  No. I keep email on both systems and delete if all at the end of the day when I have all email on both systems.

I am fairly sure that Outlook 2013 on hosted exchange gives an Outlook interface and not a web interface. I am not absolutely certain.

The naming is confusing. When I go to my Microsoft account the suite is called Office 365. On my computer it is Office 2013.

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intelogentAuthor Commented:
so the feel is a bit different, but the functionality is identical...
so I am ok with the feeling....and use... but do prefer my own local machine's feel.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@intelogent - Thank you, and I was happy to help you with this.

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