Microsoft Office 365

If you are a small business owner, Microsoft Office 365 could be just what you’re looking for; the upgraded Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) product was launched by Microsoft in June 2011. For an enterprise it promises convenience, for a small business it’s far cheaper and simpler than buying and managing you own servers.

The theory behind Office 365 is you can use it as an online replacement for email, unified communications and file sharing, all benefitting from the full Office feature set. Alternatively, you can use it to federate your existing on-premise servers to give you the same level of control and configuration with far less management and maintenance.

In essence, everything you can do online can also be carried out directly inside the familiar Windows apps. You also get mobile email, calendar and contacts on most devices. BlackBerry users without BES (BlackBerry Exchange Server), as with Exchange Server only get push email and will have to sync calendar and contacts over USB from Outlook.

What does it Cost
The package includes online versions of Exchange, SharePoint, Office and Lync hosted in Microsoft data centers, and is priced on a per user, per month subscription basis. It comes in several different packages that include an email-only plan that costs $4 per user per month, a fully-loaded suite with Lync Server on premises and Office 2010 Professional Plus for $27 per user per month, and a version for small businesses with 25 or fewer users that costs $6 per user per month. The provision to subscribe with fewer than five users, puts cost-conscious small businesses in a position to pay a fair price and have a system that can grow with them. A subscription to Office 365, can save a startup company thousands on initial software expenditure, meaning they can pay as they start to make money rather than at start up.

How Microsoft Office 365 works with the Cloud
If you're new to the cloud, then it is worth pointing out that all of this means that you retire one or two of the big servers in your office, and access everything instead from Microsoft's servers. Microsoft Exchange syncs perfectly with your local Outlook and can be accessed anywhere online using Outlook Web App (previously Outlook Web Access) which is used to manage email, calendars, contacts and tasks.

A full Personal Information Manager in the cloud is a massive bonus, and the Outlook Web App means you have most of the functions of your desktop Outlook at your fingertips wherever you are, not just when you're on your own PC. The range of options and features are vast and gives users a great deal more flexibility in how they manage their email and time.

Why use Glade Creek for Your Office 365 Implementation?
We are Microsoft Online Services partners, and have experience designing and implementing Office 365 strategies that dovetail with long term business objectives. We can be your trusted partner in finding the best solution at the lowest cost.

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