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Microsoft Office 365; It’s just a new version of Office and Outlook right?… Wrong!

Your IT administrator just informed you…’we’re migrating to Office 365’, great you think, but what does that mean exactly?

Here at Vinergy, we’re fortunate enough to talk with organisations of all sizes and scope throughout the country and we’re constantly surprised to learn that majority of people think Office 365 is simply a new version of their Office suite and or their Outlook.

Office 365 is more than just a new looking ‘outlook and excel’ – Office 365 is a powerful suite of business applications aimed to improve operational efficiencies.

Office 365 includes;

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • OneDrive

With additional services for;

  • Exchange
  • OneDrive for Business
  • SharePoint
  • Skype for Business
  • Microsoft Teams

Office 365 is the benchmark for business growth, no matter your size or industry, it seamlessly connects your team, processes and technology and leverages cloud computing to unlock your business processes.
Still not convinced, here are 5 key reasons why you should move to Office 365;

1) Flexibility, Scalability and Collaboration
Built 100% for the cloud, Office 365 provides organisations with the flexibility to access and manage their work anytime, anywhere and on any device. If your business has virtual teams, promotes flexible working hours or travel frequently, Office 365 is a must! As a subscription-based model, just pay for what you need promoting scalability as your business grows! With more and more workers working outside the office or outside ‘normal’ business hours, collaboration has never been more vital in today’s ever-changing business environment, take advantage of applications such as Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams!

2) Integration with the applications you already use
Office 365 seamlessly works with the applications you’re already familiar with, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and OneNote. There are multiple subscription levels in Office 365, providing you with full transparency and enabling you to synchronise documents with your desktop, broadcast and check in and out documents from your online document library.

3) Security
Remember the days of having your exchange server tucked away somewhere in a cupboard in the corner of your office? Well this is still a reality for many organisations! Microsoft Office 365 has been built with security very much in mind! Office 365 is accessed through a 128-bit SSL/TSL encryption meaning if a transmission is intercepted by someone with authorisation, they will not have access. What does that mean in simple terms? Well basically, Microsoft take all the responsibility for security and back up and your IT team can rest easy!

4) Friendly user interface and efficient!
Office 365 has been designed with the user in mind, with friendly user interfaces, simple to learn and straightforward to use, regardless of how technical you are. The suite of applications have been designed to create efficiency and help your business sharpen its core processes.

5) Mitigate upfront costs!
Office 365 provides organisations the flexibility by operating on a pay per month subscription model. This eliminates the requirement for significant upfront costs that generally require a considerable investment from businesses, both from a financial and risk perspective. Office 365 provides all the benefits without the commitment to a large up-front financial cost!

Vinergy are specialist IT consultants and Microsoft Silver partners. We are experts in all things Office 365, if your business is considering migrating to Office 365 we’re here to help! Please contact us directly for a free consultation.

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