Author: Roxanne Baldwin Date Posted: 3 March 2015
You don't have one PC at work anymore! You have an office PC, a work laptop, maybe a Mac at home, an iPad or tablet and a smart phone. You don't have staff in the same office any more, you have team members in the office, interstate, working from home and possibly an international support network. Static desktop, remote desktop connections and local drives don't cut it anymore. Office 365 is all about up-to-date secure software that is as flexible as you are.
8 reasons why Office 365 for Business is the Cloud Software you need:
1. Familiar (but better!)
Office 365 keeps itself up-to-date so you always have access to the latest versions - right now its 2013 Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Access and Publisher. When new releases are available you have access to them at no additional cost. All the updates, installs and syncing is taken care of behind the scenes, saving you time, keeping you up-to-date and reducing your dependence on IT support. Full desktop versions mean you can work online or offline (on the plane or when the internet goes down), and means all your documents and presentations look professional and polished at all times.
2. Flexibility (that saves you money)
Everyone's team works differently - you might have 4 people in an office, 2 working interstate or from home and a few support staff overseas. The different licence levels mean you can have a mix of full desktop or online only access which saves you money. You can also add licences as you need them. A range of options, including month to month billing, gives you scalability to increase your licences as your team grows.
3. Secure Online Collaboration & Storage (great for teams)
OneDrive Team Site & Library means all your company documents are in the cloud and can be accessed by the whole team, or locked down to a select few. Share files internally and externally, work together on the same file, ensure everyone is looking at the latest version, saved in the same place and each user has 1TB of storage so you will never run out of space.
4. Lync (online meetings, web chat and video conferencing)
Lync is a fantastic tool for teams. The software allows you to initiate online voice or HD video meetings, fast instant messaging and connect to Skype users. Our team has found Lync improves productivity by reducing interruptions. It reduces office noise allowing team members to concentrate and keeps our team connected, in touch and included even when they are not in the office. We also found that Lync increased our internal communication and reduced the number of emails we send and received.
5. Free Apps
Office for iPad, iPhone, Android tablet, Windows Phone means you can edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from all your devices, wherever you are and on whatever device is in your hand. Quick changes, done quickly.
6. No upfront costs
and low cost monthly pricing is easier on your cashflow.
7. Add licences as you need them
No need to contact IT support and wait from them to respond. Quick, easy, done - no down time.
8. Each licence has 5 device installs
So you have the full up-to-date versions on all your devices (your office pc, work laptop, home Mac, iPad and tablet) without any additional fees - work more productively wherever you are.
Of course Office 365 is powered by Microsoft so it's also reliable (99.9% uptime with a financially backed guarantee) and secure. If you lose your phone or ipad, don't panic - You can wipe your data from any device remotely to prevent unauthorised access to your information.
Consolid8 are authorised Microsoft Partners and can assist you with the setup of Office 365 licences. Call Roxanne on 07 3420 8447 to find out how.