Microsoft Office has always been generally considered the best despite the efforts of Open Office and Mac's Pages, Numbers and Keynote offerings. However in recent years the number of desktop Windows PC's has dropped dramatically with a rise in popularity of the Mac and users being able to be productive on tablets. Many people now work remotely so their home computer is used for both work and play. Google Apps for Business has been very popular and paved the way for users to cost effectively work remotely and on different devices, abandoning the traditional bulky PC taking up a huge corner of their living room.
Earlier this year Microsoft released versions of their Office apps for the iPad. This is a huge step forward for Microsoft who have had setbacks recently with the first release of Windows 8 and the poorly received Surface tablet. This new move sees Microsoft playing to their strengths by taking what they are great at - Office - and making it available on the most popular platforms. The iPad apps are fantastic too - very slick and feature rich, and free to Office 365 subscribers.
They haven't stopped there - Office Online is now available in the Chrome Web Store too.
Office 365 comes with many different configurations from email only to Office Web Apps to full downloadable desktop versions of the Office applications. As the service is subscription-based you will always have the latest version and you get new features automatically.
Email, Calendars and Contacts
Email is provided by Exchange online, the industry standard platform that has powered enterprises of all sizes for years. You get a massive 50GB mailbox per user and 99.9% uptime guarantee. Being Exchange, you can synch your information seamlessly between your desktop, the web, tablets and mobiles.
Lync - online collaboration
Host online meetings with people wherever they are. Real-time instant messaging and HD quality screen sharing.
Collaborate on documents with your team or share reports with your customers. Whether inside or outside your organisation, your files will always be up to date so everyone is working on the latest version.
Office online delivers commonly used Office features and real-time co-authoring capabilities so you can collaborate for free with friends and family on shared documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and notebooks.
Full desktop version of Office
Need the full power of Office? Go for a subscription that includes the full desktop version of Office. You have access to Office for PC or Mac. When you add up the cost of a traditional Office licence plus the cost of upgrades, £9.80 per user per month to always have the latest versions of the Office applications starts to seem more appealing.
How safe is your data in the Cloud? Microsoft is big on privacy and security and looking to gain trust that many people have lost from Google's data policies. They do not use your data for advertising and you own and retain all rights to your data in Office 365. Get more information here.
If you’re interested in a free trial of Office 365, get in touch. As a Microsoft Partner we can even help you get started. After your trial you can choose to walk away or convert to a paid subscription with monthly prices starting from £2.60 per user for Email only.