For many businesses, it’s a tough decision when it comes to Microsoft Office. Do you buy Microsoft Office 2013 out of the box or subscribe to the Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps cloud-based services?
For many businesses, however, Office 365 makes more sense. Over the last three months, Office 365 got busy with two new products scheduled to be released sometime this year: Office for Windows and Office 2016. However, there are other reasons for choosing Office 365.
It’s the same Office but better
Many people think that buying Office 365 means getting limited, cloud-based Office application rather than full-featured Office applications that are installed locally. Well it’s true if you opt for Business Essentials plan that starts at £3.10 a month per user
However, Business or Business Premium plan that start at £7.00 a month per user or the Office 365 Pro Plus Home E3 plans at £10.00 per month installs the same applications as the standard Office packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and Access on Windows 7 or 8 computers. Microsoft offers the Office 365 University subscription for college students, faculty, and staff that for a single payment allow them to use the product for 4 years.
Microsoft’s cloud storage called OneDrive comes with only 15GB cloud storage. However, when you subscribe to Office 365, you’ll be getting more storage and other features. OneDrive for Business, which comes with Office 365, comes with 1 TB of cloud storage per user plus there is the option to share files within and outside of the organization. Along with the subscription, you’ll also get additional tools that allow you to manage file access.
Flexibility of having a virtual office
With standard Office installations, all you’d be getting is software that you can use for one computer alone. With an Office 365 Business or Business Premium subscription, you will be able to install the applications you find in the Office Suite across 5 personal computers and Windows tablets. Not only that, the subscription also allows you to use the same apps on an Apple product such as the iPad or a Google Chromebook.
You don’t need to install Office offline to be able to use the Office 365, with OneDrive or OneDrive for Business you will be able to edit Office documents on your browser. Of course you’d have to have Internet connection but isn’t it comforting to know that you can access your documents on demand?
Moreover, as long as you’re still subscribed to Office 365, you’ll get the updates and patches immediately. And if you’re a small business that has little budget for a detailed security management, you can use Office 365 can be safer place for your files and mailboxes.
Switching to a cloud computing service is not to be taken lightly. If you don’t have the technical capacity you wouldn’t know where or how to start. Fortunately, there are companies such as Cloud London 365 that provide consultation services to those looking for professional advice and support to businesses that are planning to switch to cloud-based services among other things.