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Office 365

Flexible, secure and dependable business cloud solutions to fit your budget

Cloud based computing is a concept where applications can be delivered as a service wherever and whenever you need. In fact, if you have used an email service such as Yahoo or Hotmail, or remote data storage like Dropbox or SkyDrive then you have already used Cloud Computing!

What is Office 365?

Office 365 is a cloud based service, hosted by Microsoft within the European Union for UK users, which is changing the way businesses buy and use IT. It is a suite of Microsoft software with three main components;

  • Exchange Online – Email with a 50 GB mailbox per user, contacts and calendar scheduling.
  • Lync Online – Instant messaging and HD video conferencing with Skype integration and desktop sharing.
  • Sharepoint Online – Secure file storage and collaboration allowing multiple users to update the same files at the same time.

As all of these services are hosted in the “cloud” they are accessible from anywhere, anytime as long as you are connected to the Internet. Whether that is from your office pc, home laptop, smart-phone or tablet you will always be able to access your systems. Even if you don’t have Office installed on a computer, you can use Office Web Apps within a web browser to edit your documents and access your emails.

Depending on your subscription, you can also get the latest versions of Microsoft Office including Outlook Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note and Access.

A move to Office 365 is not a huge change for your staff, they continue to use the familiar Microsoft Office tools like Outlook and Word as before, it just means that the “back-end” services are provided by Microsoft and you no longer need to worry about them.

What are the advantages and benefits of Office 365 to my business?

  • Anywhere, anytime access to your email, documents, contacts and calendars from smart-phones, PCs, Macs and tablets.
  • Your staff continue working with the familiar Microsoft Office suite that you already count on for business productivity allowing migration to the cloud with a minimal learning curve.
  • No more problems with viruses coming into your business via Email. Exchange Online has built-in anti-virus protection that is always up to date.
  • Less time wasted by staff sorting through “spam” emails as Exchange Online filters out the vast majority of junk.
  • No more high up-front costs. Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription service billed on a flexible, per-user per-month subscription with various plans to match your needs, enabling your business to scale up or scale down the service on demand.
  • No more looking for backup tapes, all emails in Exchange and documents in SharePoint are backed up automatically.
  • Instant Disaster Recovery – your emails in Exchange and your files in SharePoint are always available, so even if your offices have a flood or fire, your staff can access your data as long as they have an internet connection.
  • Your business gets the advantage of enterprise level software at a fraction of the traditional cost.
  • No more worrying about cost and disruption associated with software and hardware upgrades. Microsoft manage the IT infrastructure and seamlessly perform upgrades without interruption to services.
  • Increased system reliability as Microsoft offer a financially backed 99.9% uptime guarantee. The maximum you will be refunded is the charge for your business in a given month, but when you consider that Microsoft would also be refunding money for all of the other Office 365 users they have set themselves a huge incentive to meet their service level agreement.

With plans starting at £3.30 per user per month for Office 365 Small Business, or £9.80 including the latest Microsoft Office software, the benefits and cost savings can be dramatic.

We can plan and implement your Office 365 migration ensuring a seamless deployment. Contact us today and start reaping the benefits of Office 365.

Areas We Cover

Cheltenham IT Solutions perform Office 365 migrations and support Office 365 for businesses, charities and schools in Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas including Andoversford, Bourton-on-the water, Cheltenham, Cinderford, Cirencester, Dursley, Evesham, Fairford, Gloucester, Lydney, Malvern, Moreton-in-Marsh, Nailsworth, Newent, Painswick, Ross-on-Wye, Stonehouse, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud, Swindon and Tewkesbury.

Please call today for a no obligation discussion regarding your requirements for IT Services, IT Support, Office 365, Cloud Computing, Virtualisation, IT Solutions and Network Support.