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Office 365: is it a game changer for IT companies and small businesses?

One of the biggest changes in the IT industry in recent times was released on the 28th June to the public. We are anticipating Microsoft Office 365 to be a major game changer for us and, potentially, you. Therefore, in this newsletter we are investigating whether it is worthwhile considering adopting Office 365 in your business.

Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription service that combines the familiar Microsoft (MS) Office applications into a platform that is accessible via your familiar Office 2007 or 2010 applications, or it can also be accessed over the internet. It comes backed by the robust security, reliability and control you need to run your business.

Starting from $7.90 per user, per month, this subscription model is certainly going to grab the attention of business owners in small and large entities alike.

The features included with Office 365 depend on the subscription you choose. The full list of features is outlined below:

Hosted Exchange:

  • Email and calendar
  • Webmail
  • Mobile phone synchronisation
  • 25GB mailbox
  • Spam and virus protection

Office Web Apps (edit documents in your web browser for):

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote

Websites and Collaboration:

  • SharePoint

Instant Messaging and Online Meetings:

  • Lync

At TechPath we are also an Apple partner,  so we are also happy and impressed that Microsoft has invested energy in ensuring this platform also works well on Apple computers and notebooks.

As with nearly all applications, there are pros and cons.  Below we outline our top five pros and top five cons of Office 365.

The pros:

  • It presents a great business solution and value for money
  • You will be purchasing one of the newest platforms available
  • There is no upfront investment required
  • It will reduce server infrastructure costs
  • Your Office 365 can be access from anywhere

The cons:

  • Office 365 lacks features from the traditional (on premise) versions of Microsoft Office Applications
  • Performance is slower, especially when accessing larger files
  • It is not suited to very low bandwidth sites
  • It has limited flexibility when compared to on premise options
  • It may take some time for integrated third party vendors/applications to catch up

Office 365 is a Cloud based service and, therefore, limited capacity planning is required, services can be turned on and off, and licenses increased or decreased as required to suit your business.

As a Microsoft Partner, TechPath can help you decide if Office 365 is right for you. If you decide to begin a subscription service with Office 365 we can also assist with a smooth transition and help you get the most value from the investment.

If you would like to you know more information, please contact TechPath and check out www.office365.com.