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Office 365 for Exchange Professionals (September 2015): Second edition

15 Sep 2015 by Emma Robinson

I recently had the opportunity to take a look over the latest edition of the Office 365 for Exchange Professionals eBook by Tony Redmond, Paul Cunningham and Michael Van Horenbeek.
This is exactly the kind of book you would expect from authors of this calibre. These guys are industry legends and this is immediately obvious when you start to read each chapter.
The book starts off gently, giving the reader some fantastic background and insight into the origins of Office 365 and the architecture that supports Microsoft’s Infrastructure. The chapters follow a logical order, progressing from how to decide if a cloud environment is right for your organisation through Migration to Day to Day management of Exchange Online.
I personally like the no-fuss way they explain the intricacies of some of Exchange Online’s more advanced features such as the various Compliance and Audit features. It has become incredibly important that IT administrators understand the implications of how these tools impact the business side of an organisation to ensure that regulatory rules are not breached inadvertently.
This edition contains information on recently released features such as Office 365 Groups, Unified Auditing and the new REST API’s. Office 365 is evolving at such a rapid pace that it surprises me that anyone is still writing an actual book about it – however, this is cleverly mitigated in this instance by the fact that it is published as an eBook and regularly updated in line with major Office 365 product announcements.
Even though this book is aimed at Exchange administrators, it is refreshing to see the inclusion of several chapters around non-Exchange Office 365 Services such as Delve, Yammer, SharePoint and Office Video.  Even if you are not responsible for these services on a day to day basis it is incredibly important that you are at least aware of them as they begin to co-exist and integrate across the entire platform.
This should definitely be on the required reading list of any IT Administrator who is about to embark on a journey to Office 365.  Some of the chapters are quite in depth and can be skipped over as they are most likely irrelevant to some organisations, but it is reassuring to know that should you roll out one of these features in future there will be more than enough information available to act as a detailed reference guide.  The book also contains many links to useful tools and scripts that will become indispensable as part of your Office 365 toolkit.
You can pick up the Kindle version of  Office 365 for Exchange Professionals over at Amazon.