The time might be right to Migrate to Office 365
Now might be the best time to consider a Microsoft Office 365 Migration. Microsoft recently announced that it will only support Office 2019 on computers using Windows 10. If your business is still using Windows 7 or 8.1 and you want to upgrade to Microsoft Office 2019, you have two choices:
- Migrate to Office 365
- Purchase licenses for Microsoft 2019. Keep in mind that if your office computers are more than three years old, you’ll likely need to upgrade your hardware to run the software. That’s a significant business expense.
Microsoft Office was first released in 1985. In 2011, Microsoft began giving business owners another option: Office 365. Office 365 is the more modern product.
Upgrade to Windows 10 or Subscribe to Office 365
If you choose not to upgrade to Office 2019, keep in mind that continuing to work on older computers with older software leaves businesses vulnerable to data loss, downtime, hackers and malware. Purchasing new Windows 10 computers and 2019 Microsoft Office licenses will be costly. Migrating your business data into Office 365 is the smarter investment. It positions your company for big improvements in communication, efficiency and collaboration.
Office 365 is a Subscription-as-a-Service (SaaS) software. It’s similar to Microsoft Office, but adds web-based access. Its applications will run on desktops, tablets and smartphones. You can access email, your calendar and your data anywhere through the internet. It’s subscription-based, so users get automatic program upgrades.
Migrating to Office 365 is the better option, especially for a small business. Moving to cloud brings many business advantages. Not sure what these advantages are? Learn more by reading our blog, FAQ About The Cloud
Key Features of Office 365
Office 365 lets you work in the office or on the go. You get popular, top-of-the-line productivity tools. Office applications—always the latest versions—let you create, edit, and share from your PC/Mac or your iOS, Android, or Windows device with anyone in real time.
Add in the free 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage, automatic software updates, and free software support, and Office 365 migration is definitely a good option for small and medium-sized businesses.
Office 365 for Business offers enhanced email protection. Malware alerts will warn users not to open certain attachments. Security and Compliance features will send warnings to your IT adminstrator. You’ll learn who is being targeted. You’ll learn what types of threats you are facing.
Office 365 Key Productivity Tools
- Software favorites: Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
- Business email and calendar (Outlook)
- OneDrive provides 1 TB cloud file storage.
- SharePoint – this is an intranet document library with customization access controls. You control who can edit files and access can be revoked at any time. SharePoint has an online storage allocation of 1 TB plus 10 GB per user license purchase.
Efficiency, communication and collaboration increases with Office 365
Office 365 simplifies file sharing and collaboration. Document version confusion is eliminated. “Rolling back” to earlier versions is possible. Does your business works with outside partners or vendors? Give them access to select project files.
New Business Tools in Office 365
Mircrosoft regularly adds new tools to Office 365. Planner is one example of a recent tool. Planner is an internal platform for sharing information with project teams members.
Office 365 Add-Ons
Optional Add-Ons to your Office 365 subscription give businesses even more tools. Certain Office 365 packages incorporate specific extras:
- Online meeting/Conference calls
- Company intranet
- Project Management tools
- Digital storyboard tools for online presentations
- Yammer – an internal social media platform companies can use like a newsletter
As an Office 365 partner and IT consultant, Nettology can explain the different package options and costs. As experienced Office 365 migration partners, we can customize your Office 365 subscription with any Add-Ons you choose.
Data Security and Office 365
As one of the world’s top corporations, Microsoft has the means to hire the top security teams. Automated patch deployment and other security features protect subscribers as new threats emerge.
Office 365 subscribers receive robust email protection. Spam virus and anti-malware settings automatically block certain file types. Customizable security controls allow you to stop specific junk email senders.
Microsoft’s Data Privacy Commitment
Microsoft will not mine your data for advertising purposes. Any data moved to Office 365 remains your own.
Nettology has extensive experience with business IT support and Microsoft Office 365. We are seasoned Office 365 consultants, and help clients understand Office 365 costs. As a Managed Server Provider, Nettology has extensive experience with computer network support and Office 365 migrations. We’ll carefully move your data into Office 365 and can help manage user licenses. Interested in an Office 365 migration? Give us a call or schedule a free consultation.