Office 365 for Business has been around now for a few years but not all businesses are using it or even know what exactly Office 365 is. Office 365 is basically Microsoft’s answer to the Software as a Service (SaaS) phenomenon that is sweeping the world with everyone’s new need for everything Cloud.
Once you start looking into Office 365 though, there are many different versions and price points from which you can choose from. As with anything, it can get a bit confusing however we are here to help you figure that out. Below is a little video issued by Microsoft on Office 365, it doesn’t really go into too much detail but gives you a bit of an idea on the scope and choices that are available.
Pretty much all of the different Office 365 for Business come with basic Office Online where you can create and edit Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel documents from a browser. This means you would have to be connected to the internet at all times whilst using this. Some have Email hosting where you have a 50GB mailbox hosted and still others have the full Office suite which can be downloaded directly onto your PC, laptop or compatible tablet.
As you go further into it, depending on the needs of your business, Enterprise plans such as Office 365 E3 have a lot of extras including
- Email hosting,
- Office Online,
- full Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Powerpoint, Access and Skype for Business) downloadable onto up to 5 devices per user*
- Advanced Email functions – Use archiving and legal hold capabilities, plus unlimited storage, for compliance needs. Use data loss prevention (DLP) policies and policy tips that educate your users for additional compliance enforcement in email.
- Document and Email Access Control – Rights Management Services enables you to restrict access to documents and email to specific people and to prevent anyone else from viewing or editing them, even if they are sent outside the organization.
- Advanced Compliance Tools – With the unified eDiscovery Center, you can search across Exchange, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint mailboxes. Integration with advanced retention, archiving, and analytics enables in-place, predictive eDiscovery, increasing relevancy while decreasing cost and risk.
- Team Sites plus a lot more.
Of course prices go up depending on the plan chosen but there are so many plans now available that there is sure to be one that would suit any business model out there.
One of the first things that as an IT professional we would ask, is what are you currently using in your business and what is essential to your business? For instance, does your business have a Database that uses Access? If yes, then a plan including Access would be crucial to your business. Once those questions are able to be answered, it gives a good starting point to be able to head you in the right direction.
This post is just a general introduction to Office 365. We will explore more about Office 365 for Business in further posts.
In the meantime, if you are thinking about trialling Office 365 in your business we can help set you up with a free 30 day account. Contact us if you would like more information on Office 365 and what it could mean for you in your business by clicking here.