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How Midsized Businesses Can Achieve More with Microsoft Office 365

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Midsized business (businesses in the midmarket range) need enterprise-level functionality at reasonably affordable prices. Microsoft Office 365 addresses midmarket needs and offers medium-sized businesses cloud-based web applications with the familiar Microsoft brand and interface, accessible from anywhere your work takes you.

Microsoft Office 365 combines web-enabled versions of Microsoft collaboration and communication applications with the reliable and powerful desktop versions of Microsoft Office applications, all integrated with Office 365 online services.

Microsoft Office 365 consists of four components, each tightly integrated:

1. Microsoft Office Professional Plus – Microsoft Office desktop applications integrated with Office 365 online services.  Features include:

●     Conversation View – Keep relevant Outlook email conversations grouped together for more fluid and natural discussions with colleagues.

●     Outlook Social Connector – Use Outlook to connect to business and social networking services

●     Co-authoring for seamless collaboration

●     PowerPoint Broadcast Slide Show – Share PowerPoint slideshows with anyone instantly

2. Microsoft SharePoint Online – Effortlessly share information and documents with colleagues and clients.  Features include:

●     Insight sharing and status updates, much like external social networking

●     Share documents with co-workers

●     Project management and team syncing

●     Business marketing with public-facing web site creation

3. Exchange Online – Tap into the power of the world’s most renowned business-class email, calendar, and contacts system.  Some of the features are:

●     25GB mailboxes for every employee, and the ability to send 25MB in a single email

●     Built-in antivirus and anti-spam filters

●     Shared contacts, calendars, and meeting rooms

●     Browser-based access from any computer and numerous mobile device platforms, including Windows Phone, BlackBerry, iPhone, Palm, and some Android and Nokia devices

●     Integration with Outlook 2003 or higher and Entourage for Mac OS X.

4. Lync Online – Cloud communication the way you need it: anywhere, anytime.  Among the Lync Online features are:

●     Easily transition from one-on-one instant messaging sessions into ad-hoc online meetings.

●     Video, audio, virtual whiteboard, and screen sharing

●     Online presentations with customers and colleagues

●     Native and web-based clients for online meetings

●     Connect with Windows Live Messenger

●     Interactive presence through Online, SharePoint, and Office, integrating IM, video calls, and online meetings.

Microsoft Office 365 provides a robust web-based interface for familiar Microsoft products, enabling secure, reliable enterprise-level productivity, collaboration, and communication.  The service includes enterprise-grade reliability, disaster recovery, geo-redundant datacenters, and a financially-backed service guarantee of 99.9 percent uptime.

Office 365 works with any device that supports modern web browsing, such as PCs, Macs, and numerous mobile phones and other mobile devices.  With Office 365, you can access the tools you need from anywhere.  Get superior version control by letting Microsoft handle patches, updates, and upgrades, all while you still maintain control over major upgrade deployment and authority delegation through Role-Based Access Controls.  You also gain access to 24/7 global IT-level support through online support tickets or over the phone.

For medium-sized businesses, Microsoft Office 365 creates a flexible, affordable environment for your business to expand beyond its walls and take success globally.  For more information about Microsoft Office 365 and associated products, visit the Office 365 website.

By CAL Business Solutions, Connecticut Microsoft Dynamics Partner

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