What is Office 365?
Office 365 is a set of messaging and collaboration tools in the Cloud managed and hosted by Microsoft. It includes options for shared hosted Teams (Collaboration), Exchange servers (mail), Website hosting, SharePoint for team collaboration and file sharing, OneDrive For Business, Skype For Business, Yammer business social network, as well as licensing for Office desktop, laptop, tablet and phone versions.
Purchasing Office 365 in Sydney can be confusing. There is a variety of subscription packages and reseller options available. Our team of experts at Essential IT can help you understand the Office 365 plans, assess your business readiness, plan your solution, setup and configure your Office 365 tenant, migrate your data from existing systems and provide ongoing technical support and advice.
Why you should be moving to Office 365?
Microsoft Office 365 promises to change the way we all work. Sending emails; creating content, storing documents and accessing data; updating calendars and contacts on the go, and sync your work to any smart device.
With a securely hosted Office 365 solution, you’re always in touch with the office – able to access the same documents from your smartphone, tablet, and browser. And what’s more, you never need to worry about upgrading: whether you want pure cloud or synchronised desktop applications, you’ll always have the latest version.
Office 365 Business services offered by Essential IT include:
- Advise your business on subscription packages and look at various billing options
- Assess your businesses compatibility with Office 365
- Advise on Exchange Public Folders, Site Mailboxes and SharePoint options.
- Advise on and setup of a Hybrid system, by providing services in your offices as well as on Office 365. An internal Microsoft Exchange Server can co-exist with Office 365, allowing you to have some, or all, mailboxes in the cloud.
- Advise on and setup of collaborative services such as SharePoint, Yammer and Skype For Business.
- Setup an Intranet and team SharePoint portals.
- Migrate your data from your existing document syncing and sharing services to OneDrive For Business
What is included in Office 365?
Office 365 is a growing suite of collaborative products designed for enterprises but available to all.
1) Microsoft Exchange
Microsoft Exchange Server is an email server, contact manager and calendaring program. It’s the most common messaging system used by businesses. Exchange Server runs on Microsoft Windows Server, and can be run in house or hosted as a cloud service. Exchange Server works best with Microsoft Outlook (Part of the Office suite) as the email client on your PC, tablet or phone.
At Essential IT, we consider the Microsoft Exchange Server to be a core component of the solutions and services we offer. Microsoft Exchange online synchronises your email, contacts, calendar and tasks to as many devices as you need/want, meaning all devices have the same data on them. No matter which device you send an email from, the sent email will appear in your “Sent items” on all devices
2) Microsoft SharePoint Online
Microsoft SharePoint Online enables your business to create and manage custom team-focused and project-focused websites for collaboration. You can use it as a secure place to store, organise, share, and access information from almost any device, making it a great tool to deploy an organisation-wide intranet portal used to disseminate information and news across the business. All you need is a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox.
3) OneDrive for Business
OneDrive for Business is a personal document library intended for storing and organising your work documents. As an integral part of Office 365 or SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business lets you work within the context of your organisation, with features such as direct access to your organisation’s address book.
The OneDrive for Business client allows you to synchronise your OneDrive for Business files as well as your SharePoint document libraries to your local devices/tablets/computers, meaning you can edit them while offline. OneDrive for Business allows files to be manually “checked out” and locked whilst you are working on them, and it automatically takes care of versioning and locking files when they are edited and saved. OneDrive for Business is an alternative to Dropbox, Box and other Cloud file syncing and sharing services, with the added benefit of being integrated into Office 365.
To find out more information about how we can provide your Sutherland Shire business with quality Office 365 support and solutions, call us on (02) 8502 3691, or send us an enquiry to see how Essential IT can help.