The traditional model of buying a full version of each software development cycle is ending. More and more companies are now switching to providing and consuming software on a subscription model, also known a software as a service (SaaS). Microsoft have recently made this change and now it is easier than ever to stay up-to-date with your Microsoft Office platform, with cost savings to be made both on the capital expenditure and long-term investment cost.
Your business can now take Office with you wherever you go, across all devices with Office 365.
What is Office 365?
Essentially it is Microsoft's latest Cloud Version of Office - rather than installing software on your PC (or Mac) that ages, Office 365 is a cloud version which allows you to keep up to date with your software and store your documents locally or in the Cloud - a brief explanation can be seen here in this Microsoft video...
Accessible online & offline
Most versions of 365 include the traditional desktop applications you are familiar with such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and more which are all accessible on your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. A common misconception is that 365 is purely cloud based, i.e you can only use it when connected to the internet. This however is not actually the case, once the Office suite is downloaded from the 365 portal you can use all the programs and features on your desktop or laptop as you always have, regardless of whether you are connected to the internet or not.
Office 365 includes familiar Office software for the things you do most often, like creating professional-looking presentations with Powerpoint, working on spreadsheets in Excel, or word processing. And because 365 allows you to open, save, modify, and collaborate on documents in the cloud, you can maximise staff productivity - work anywhere, anytime.
Upgrades always included
With Office 365, you're never stuck with outdated software because every new upgrade is included with your subscription. The current version is Office 2016 which pairs excellently with the newly released Windows 10 operating system.
In the video below, you can see that you always have access to the latest version...
And here, you can see the latest functionality added at the time of writing here and reasons why you should upgrade including new functionality...
Includes Hosted Exchange email
As part of the package we can route your business email into the Office 365 platform, giving your business all the features of an in-house email server, minus the hefty capital expenditure and IT support costs. Importantly, you only pay for what you use and the service can expand or contract at a moment’s notice depending on your fluctuating business needs.
For more detail on Hosted Exchange, see our dedicated web page.
Speak to our team today about the costs and benefits of moving your business to Office 365....all billed and managed by First Office Systems.
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