Here’s a quick, get your head round, overview of Office 365.

Office 365 is a great solution for businesses looking to grow organically without laying down massive upfront costs. You can choose between three plans, meaning you can hand-pick features you actually need. Adding or removing users is a simple process that takes a few clicks. With Office 365, you don’t need to go through any complicated procedures or pay massive upfront costs to set the system up.

Packages Overview

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to sacrifice your offline copy of Office for cloud access. Include business-class email and various apps that will help streamline inter-communications within your company. Each package comes with 1Tb of cloud storage to facilitate online workspace environments.

Business Essentials: A bare-bones solution that only operates online. Business class email is included are extra applications such as Skype-for-Business.

Business: Offline office applications are included. Business-class email and extra applications are not

Business Premium: The full monty. Get business-class email and offline applications. A variety of extra performance-enhancing applications are included.

Business-class email solutions

Email is your lifeline to the rest of the world. When you run into problems, it could be devastating to a business of any size. There are three options when looking at email solutions for your business; shared, on-premises and hosted. Office 365 offers hosted email included in two of their business plans.

Shared: When you share a server with other businesses, you can quickly run into problems. The spam filters are generally poor, and your security can be breached. When growing, capacity can be reached, throwing your growth into disarray. If you are working in a cloud environment, remote access to your shared server can be slow and tiresome.

On-premises: Having your own email server on-site can be an expensive process. If managed incorrectly, your security will suffer. In the event of loss of power, or accidental fire, the server will go offline and so will your email.

Hosted: Hosted email is managed for your by Microsoft professionals. Setting it up is simple and hassle-free. Your upfront costs are minimal and included in your office 365 package. Remote access works smoothly, no matter where in the world you are. Hosted email offers the best scalability, safety and remote access – all at a lower cost.

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