What is Office 365?
Office 365 is an umbrella name for the cloud services Microsoft provides. This includes Microsoft Exchange (Email), OneDrive (Cloud Storage), SharePoint (Cloud Collaboration), Office Suite (productivity software i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook), to name a few. Office 365 licenses can be purchased for multiple services bundled together, or independently such as software only or email only. The great part is that this service is also not limited just to businesses, so anyone can use the service.
Once the service has been set up, using the service is a simple as navigating to a web page just like your personal account at Google or Apple. When you log in, you’ll be able to see and use the services you’re subscribed to in the web browser. If you are using the Office suite, you can connect your programs to the service like Outlook or OneDrive if you prefer.
Office 365 is changing the traditional model of purchasing servers, plus licenses, and maintaining these machines. With servers starting around $14,000 for hardware and licensing, plus deployment costs, monthly power consumption, and maintenance, to receive a return on your investment would take quite some time. Since Office 365 is purchased as a subscription, you have lower upfront costs and the service can easily scale as you grow. Adding a new employee to the team is easy, you already have your fixed cost and can source a new license in minutes. On the other end, you can cancel at any time or remove users at any moment.
With Office 365 you can ensure your data will be available and secure as well. The service offers two factor authentication, multiple ways to recover data, and meets many national industry regulations for cloud computing. For these reasons and many others not mentioned, Viral-Technology highly recommends Office 365 to all our clients.
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