20 November 2017

Switching to Office 365 – What are the advantages?

Office 365 is the cloud version of the well-known and trusted Office suite. More and more businesses are switching to Office 365 and manage to increase their productivity or save on expenses. If you are not yet familiar with Office 365 you might wonder what the advantages are, exactly. In this blog we give you the main plus points for switching to Office 365.

Office 365First of all, Office 365 has the well-known applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, as well as Skype for Business. Different from the traditional Office suite, Office 365 uses cloud. This means you have the option to access your files, e-mails and diary anywhere, anytime, from any device. But switching to Office 365 offers more advantages.

Office 365 operates by monthly subscription

Office 365 makes life easier, because it allows you to create and edit documents from any device and makes it easier to share your work. It doesn’t matter whether you are at the office or on the road. The beauty of Office 365 is that it’s based on monthly subscriptions. For just a few bucks per user each month, you have access to all the familiar Office products. Because it’s a subscription, it is easy to scale up or down. When you hire a new employee, you take out a new subscription, and as soon as someone leaves the company, you can cancel their subscription just as easily. That way, you never pay too much.

Getting started without any major investments

The fact that Office 365 operates on a monthly-subscription basis, is a major advantage. The Office suite as we have gotten to know it originally, brings with it a substantial investment for the purchase price. On top of that, you would still need to set up another server (or more) for business applications such as e-mail and Skype. And then you can only work on documents locally. With Office 365 it is still possible to work locally as before, but there is also an online version available of Word and Excel that allows you to store data online. With Office 365 you can combine working online and offline without any major advance investments for licensing, hardware, server installation and the like.

Office 365: Making the most of what cloud has to offer

Apart from the easy start Office 365 offers even more advantages over to the traditional Office suite:

  • Because you work in the cloud, your applications are automatically updated. You always have access to the most recent Office versions without any extra costs.
  • Online collaboration has never been easier. It is possible to work simultaneously on documents, help out a colleague, quickly organize a conference, make a video call and more.
  • Office 365 can be installed on multiple devices for each user. One subscription allows you to install Office on your tablet, laptop and mobile phone!
  • Office 365 offers a high level of security thanks to built-in security measures and functions Microsoft offers.

Office 365 will open a world of possibilities, because it offers many more features than the standard Office suite you’re familiar with. You also benefit from the cost advantage. There’s no need for investments, it’s easy to scale the number of users and you can install a single Office 365 license on several devices. It is very easy to switch to Office 365 from your current situation.

Looking for more information? We would love to tell you more about the uses for your business and can put you in contact with one of our specialized IT partners.