So what is Office 365? In a nutshell, it is the way that Microsoft want us to use their applications now and in the future; Office 365 is a subscription based service that delivers the latest versions of their software – Word, Excel, Outlook etc usually combined with a cloud hosted Microsoft Exchange email service. There is more to it than that, but without getting to technical what are the pros and cons?
First the pros: Microsoft Exchange Server is now a very expensive and weighty piece of software, that requires a very experienced technician to maintain. Its ability to manage your email,calendar,contacts and mobile devices is not in question, however if it is too costly to purchase, install and maintain then what good is it? So they provide a lost cost solution which they maintain themselves, and you get Enterprise-grade email for around £2.50 per month.
The biggest resistance from users is often the Office suite itself. You used to buy a version of office when you got a PC – every PC in fact. And you were happy, or so you thought, until someone decided it was too out of date, said ‘enough is enough’ and replaced the outdated versions with new versions – or found that was too expensive to justify until a new PC was purchased. Now you get 5 licences per user and you can transfer it to new machines at will, constant updates (automatic), and you can use it at home, on laptops and tablets as well. And all for one subscription that costs the same over two years as one licence for 1 PC used to cost.
But there are many choices and pitfalls for the unwary – Aprium are used to helping you through the minefield, setting everything up and making it work for you. So the hardest thing you need to do is say yes, and the rest will just happen. Talk to us to find out more.
To see some of the prices and options for Office 365 plans, click here