Microsoft applications like Word and the other Office products have become a de-facto standard in many businesses, leaving the Google Apps used by certain market sectors only and frequently by start-ups. Microsoft’s popularity is not unfounded, firstly due to the large on-premise install base, but also because Microsoft has a suite of cloud products that offers a complete solution, not only for desktop applications, but also for the server environment.

While some applications will have to remain on-premise and server based, many desktop applications can easily be moved to Office 365, email being the most obvious one, but also the licensing for the other Office applications. The uptake has been exponential.

Benefits of moving to Office 365

Integration and Synchronization
Much of what we do today occurs on-line and on multiple devices. With Office 365 this integration is straight forward and easy, including the purchasing on licences for Office.

Latest Versions
Rolling out the latest versions is easy, keeping the entire organisation on an identical platform and up-to-date. That integrates nicely with the next point – Home Use.

Lower Cost
Microsoft has a long list of licensing models for the Office Product range, each varying in cost and benefits. Clearly Office 365 sits on the lower scale of the cost equation but sits significantly higher on the benefit equation, making this a viable product for both home and business environments.

Flexibility
Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the flexibility that the Office 365 licensing model offers. The “per user per month” model is now used for most applications. That is not about to change.
With the use of cloud computing and in particular Office 365 on the rise, it’s time to plan your IT cloud strategy. Please give us a call to discuss the Office 365 opportunities in your business.

With the use of cloud computing and in particular Office 365 on the rise, it’s time to plan your IT cloud strategy. Please give us a call to discuss the Office 365 opportunities in your business.

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