What is Microsoft Office 365?

Office 365 FAQ

Microsoft Office 365 is a way to bring your company flexible and cost effective productivity tools. In technical terms, Office 365 is a SaaS (Software as a Service) based cloud offering. In the same way that a farmer has the option to rent or buy a tractor, you now have that option with software.

It makes particular sense in regards to software because the frequent changes to new versions can be disruptive for most business models. Rather than take the risk of your software and hardware become out dated in two years, we suggest you try a more predictable, low risk, option: Office 365. What is SaaS?

Additionally Office 365 allows you to take advantage of economies of scale through cloud based outsourcing. A five man firm now can support the best security, reliability, and productivity tools in the technology world. What is the Cloud?

What does Office 365 include?

The most standard user package of Office 365 includes access to SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Lync Online, and the latest versions of all traditional Office Professional Plus products. One of the best features is the inclusion of Office Web App access from virtually any device type. This guarantees that you can use your office products anywhere, anytime.

Do you have an offering for small businesses and family offices?

Yes. For organizations with less than 25 people there is an offering for as low as 6$ per user per month. See Pricing Page

What a kiosk employee and how does this impact me?

Microsoft recognizes that not all workers use a computer the whole 8 hours of a day. You may have a staff of installers who use it in the morning and evening for a half hour each time. Or you may have a manufacturing work force that needs to check specs and communicate with other departments, but doesn’t need the higher priced productivity software. Kiosk pricing offers you a far lower cost alternative, starting at as low as $2 per month/user. With Office 365 you can mix and match licenses as needed, providing your sales staff all the tools they need.

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How do general services differ between Kiosk and Information workers?

Information Worker (Plan E Family)

  • 25 GB mailbox
  • 500 MB SharePoint Storage, 500 MB My Site
  • Office Professional Plus
  • Client connectivity
  • Forefront anti-virus and anti-spam
  • Mobility
  • IMAP Support
  • Lync, Exchange & SharePoint Capabilities
  • On-premises access rights

Kiosk Worker (Plan K Family)

  • 500 MB mailbox
  • POP support
  • Outlook Web App (Messaging, calendar, contacts)
  • Forefront antivirus and anti-spam
  • Access to SharePoint
  • Site search capabilities
  • Office Web Apps

What are the Office 365 System Requirements?

Read more here: Office 365 System Requirements


Office 365 Advisors Glossary

Terms
Cloud ComputingSLASharePoint Online
Office 365 PortalDNSExchange Online
SaaSMigrationLync Online
FederationFOPEOffice Pro Plus
ExtranetIntranetForefront
WhitelistsBlacklistsService Health
ProvisioningDial-In ConferencingBPOS
A collection of definitions relevant to the Office 365 product line and cloud computing.

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