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What is Microsoft Office 365?


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What is Microsoft Office 365?

You’ve heard about it – now what exactly is Microsoft Office 365? Microsoft Office 365 brings the power of cloud productivity to their most recognized communications products. Microsoft Office 365 includes:

  • Microsoft Office The world’s leading productivity tool on the desktop (Office Professional Plus) and on the Web (Office Web Apps) now seamlessly connected and delivered with cloud services – for the best productivity experience across the PC, Phone, and Browser.
  • SharePoint Online Cloud-based service for creating sites to connect colleagues, partners, and customers.  Includes enterprise social networking and customization options.
  • Exchange Online Cloud-based e-mail, calendar, and contacts with the most current antivirus and anti-spam solutions.  Includes the ability to get e-mail on virtually any mobile phone and options for voice mail, unified messaging, and archiving.
  • Lync Online Cloud-based instant messaging, presence, and online meeting experiences with screen sharing and voice and video conferencing.

This is a pretty exciting service offering that is in beta right now with availability scheduled for sometime in 2011. There is a version for small businesses with pricing starting at as low as $6 per user per month. There are more options available for larger companies with the enterprise version such as $2 per month for hosted email, and going up to $27 per user per month for the most full-featured option. 

Key benefits

  • Access to e-mail, documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device
  • Simple and secure collaboration with colleagues and business partners
  • Works seamlessly with Microsoft Office and the other programs people use today
  • Business-class features including IT-level phone support,  financially-backed 99.9% uptime, geo-redundancy, disaster recovery, and robust security and privacy controls and standards
  • Comprehensive solutions including desktop productivity applications, portals, extranets, external Web site, instant messaging, voice and video conferencing, Web conferencing, e-mail, voice mail and unified messaging
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing options which provide predictability and flexibility for all or part of an organization

If you’re interested in learning more about Microsoft Office 365 or taking part in the Beta, contact us here at Sikich. We are a Chicago Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Microsoft Inner Circle member with offices in Chicago, IL, St. Louis, MO and Indianapolis, IN. We specialize in the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

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By Sikich, a leading St. Louis Microsoft Dynamics GP partner.

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