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Microsoft Office 365 - Taking Your Office to the Cloud

Microsoft Office 365 – Taking Your Office to the Cloud

The success of your business depends on the ability of your people to collaborate and communicate from anywhere at any time. To do this, your company’s services must always be available to them. Microsoft Office 365 is the next step in the future of productivity and a brand new way to think about productivity in the Cloud. Office 365 is a revolutionary technology that allows individuals and companies to create and maintain a virtual office in the cloud. It offers businesses and professionals with an easy and flexible way to work on the go from a PC, through a browser and a smart phone.

Microsoft Office 365 runs on a global network of data centers protected by the strength of multiple security layers and a strict privacy policy. Built to ISO 27001 standards, Office 365 also helps you meet industry specific compliance needs with fewer resources and at lower costs. Microsoft Office 365 is designed to meet the needs of all organizations – from sole proprietors to small, mid-sized and large businesses and from government agencies to educational institutions.

You don’t buy and install Office 365, you subscribe to it and it is ready-to-go. When a business signs up for a subscription to Office 365, the service’s hosted environment is automatically provisioned at an appropriate data center based on geographical location.


Office 365 Services

Office 365 services offer the powerfully integrated capabilities of SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online, as well as Office Professional Plus as a cost effective way to enhance the collaboration, communication and productivity of your people.


Office Professional Plus

With Microsoft Office Professional Plus, you get the latest version of Office applications—seamlessly integrated with the other Office 365 online services. You can access your documents, email, and calendars from virtually any device.

  • Master your Inbox and calendar with Conversation View and other advanced management tools in Outlook.
  • Leverage the power of business and social networking right within Outlook with the Outlook Social Connector.
  • Collaborate with control and confidence with co-authoring.
  • Instantly share slideshows around the world with PowerPoint Broadcast Slide Show.
  • Create presentations that are as brilliant to watch as they are easy to create with new video and photo editing tools in PowerPoint.
  • Quickly work with hundreds of millions of rows of data in Excel to transform enormous quantities of data into meaningful information.


Exchange Online

Microsoft Exchange Online provides business-class email, calendar, and contacts for organizations of all sizes.

  • Equip employees with large 25GB mailboxes and the ability to send email messages up to 25MB in size.
  • Protect your information with built-in antivirus and anti-spam filters that maintain the latest defenses against viruses and spam.
  • Enable employees to work together more effectively with shared calendar, contacts, and meeting rooms.
  • Access your mailbox from wherever you go, with full support for Outlook, a premium web browser experience, and access from a wide range of mobile phones, including Windows Phone, BlackBerry, iPhone, Palm, and certain Android and Nokia phones.


SharePoint Online

Microsoft SharePoint Online helps businesses of all sizes create sites to share documents and information with colleagues and customers.

  • Manage and share important documents with colleagues.
  • Share personal insights and status updates with colleagues.
  • Keep teams in sync and manage important projects.
  • Find important documents and people easily.
  • Stay up to date with company information and news.
  • Market your business with a simple public-facing web site.


Lync Online

Microsoft Lync Online is a next-generation cloud commu­nications service that connects people in new ways, anytime, from virtually anywhere.

  • Move easily from instant messaging into ad-hoc online meetings including audio, video, and screen sharing with just a few mouse clicks.
  • Conduct online presentations to customers and colleagues including audio, video, screen sharing, and a virtual whiteboard.
  • Invite external contacts to easily join online meetings via a native or web-based client.
  • Communicate with external organizations running Lync using instant messaging, audio, and video through Lync federation.
  • Connect with Windows Live Messenger contacts using IM, audio, and video calls directly from Lync.
  • Click interactive presence icons within Outlook, SharePoint, and Office apps to start IM sessions, video calls, or online meetings with only a few clicks.


Benefits of Office 365 over Traditional Software Installations

Gain Access Virtually Anywhere
Office 365 helps you work from virtually anywhere on nearly any device—PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry. Working remotely means anywhere access to the information you need with the most consistent and secure experience. When you are not at the office, you can access your Inbox with Outlook Web App, view and edit documents with Office Web App, or join an online meeting with Lync Web App.

Simple to Learn, Straightforward to Use
Office 365 is easy to try, simple to learn, and straightforward to use. You don’t need to learn new software, install complicated systems, or learn new jargon. In just a few minutes, you can create a trial account and see how easily your business can be in the cloud.

99.9% Availability, Financially-Backed Guarantee
With Office 365, your mail, documents, and services are available when you need them. Delivered from a global network of state-of-the-art data centers protected by multiple layers of security and a strict privacy policy, Office 365 includes a financially-backed Service Level Agreement for guaranteed 99.9% scheduled uptime.

Enterprise Security
With Office 365, your data is protected with the highest standard of physical and digital security. Microsoft Exchange Online has built-in antivirus and spam filtering protections designed to address new virus and spam threats as soon as they appear. Help safeguard your data with enterprise-grade reliability, continuous data back-up, disaster recovery capabilities, and a strict privacy policy. Run your email on geographically redundant servers maintained by Microsoft. Office 365 is also designed to help you meet certain regulatory requirements.

Keep IT in Control
Through the Office 365 management site, IT stays in control. Patches, updates, and back-end upgrades are automatically applied while you retain control over when to deploy major changes. You can delegate authority for specific administrative tasks through Role-Based Access Controls.

Choose a Plan That Fits Your Needs
Office 365 is available in a variety of plans to meet your businesses and IT needs. Each plan has the same 99.9 percent uptime guarantee and the robust security you expect from Microsoft.

Reduce Cost
Office 365 can provide your business with predictable annual costs of using the communications, collaboration, and productivity tools. In addition, it can help you significantly reduce costs and effort spent deploying and managing on-premise servers.

24/7 Support
Microsoft is proud to provide global IT-level support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for Office 365 subscribers. Your service administrators can create support tickets anytime or call any one of the support centers around the globe.

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Article Contributor: Satish Kumar

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