Some titles are misleading. Some are obscure. Some are too vague or general. Some say almost all there is to say about the book. This book's title really is one of the latter.
One, it's about Microsoft Office. More to the point it's about the new version of Office, though if you don't have the newest version there's still relevant information, but I think it might be frustrating when you notice how much the older versions can't do.
I have Office 365 University version. I also have Office 2010, Office 2007, and a few versions older. I'm a big fan of the new features, even though I'm wary about recommending an upgrade. It's a bit buggy, and has a tendency to crash at inopportune moments. This isn't about Office the product, however, this is about the book.
One of the great expanding features of Office over the years has been deploying the technology for group collaboration, even if you are not sharing the same computer, or network, or company or... Of course, there are features that expand the possibilities if you are on the same network and that network uses some of Office's lesser known elements. I've never heard of Lync, for instance, and since I don't have and won't have access to a Lync server, I probably won't ever have the ability to collaborate using it.
But, there's something for everyone in this book. Even if you have just the basic programs, Word, Powerpoint, Excel. I found the chapter on Onenote especially interesting, as I've long thought that program has potential well beyond its typical use. As a collaboration tool it takes on even more relevance, as it compiles the background work and research very neatly and accessibly.
This book doesn't go into a great deal of depth about any particular element of Office. It assumes you know the basics and addresses just those elements that can enhance collaboration. And it's certainly not just a book of instructions. There's a bit of philosophy of collaboration, a cheerleader of sorts, that is at the heart of this book. That's its most important feature, in my opinion, it tells you what can be done and helps you think in terms of collaboration possibilities.
I very much appreciate this book in helping me expand my own knowledge and understanding of what can be done. I am already taking steps to utilize the lessons and help others get involved in putting together group projects.