The Beginner’s Guide to Office 365

November 10, 2014  |  Comments Off on The Beginner’s Guide to Office 365  |  by Aaron Chan   |  Blog, News

This blog post is specifically targeted towards small and medium-sized business owners who are unfamiliar with Office 365. Rely on this blog as a refresher to build confidence towards Office 365 products. When in doubt Office 365 Advisors will have the answers. Most business owners will need the quick scoop on how Office 365 benefits them in the long run.
 
First off Office 365 is not a boxed version of office. The Office 365 business model will not allow you to purchase and keep it forever. The subscription payment method has been adopted as the go-to payment method.  I constantly ask myself.  Why I do keep buying software that constantly updates itself? Subscriptions maintain consistent updates, often critical security patches and extra functionality.
 
Enthusiasts love new updates or often hardware upgrades. This alone generates hype for the latest and greatest towards the cutting-edge. Bragging rights will flood blogs, newsfeeds, and forums. It’s true that new updates often include optimized performance, usability enhancements, and security patches that will benefit you in the long run. Traditional Enterprise IT upgrade cycles involve software licenses and hardware upgrades often leading to another capital expense.
 
Accessing and installing Office 365 is easy with a solid Internet connection. Make sure your computer system meets the minimum hardware requirements:
 

  • Windows 7, 8 – Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 32 bit or 64 bit
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 1 GB of RAM for 32 bit and 2 GB RAM  for 64-bit
  • 3 GB of available hard disk space

All you need is a compatible web browser with a subscription based monthly or annual fee. Gone are the days of installing software bound to one machine. Most licenses include up to 5 devices per subscription.
 
Worried about security? Check out Microsoft’s top 10 compliancies here.
 
The applications you get in Office 365 will vary from subscription. Some big name Microsoft Office applications include PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Access, OneNote, Publisher, Visio, and OneDrive.  We expect Microsoft to release a new updated Office 365 suite for Mac owners soon! Check out Office 365’s new pricing scheme.
 
Microsoft renamed their Midsize business plans to Business, Business Essentials, and Business Premium. The next tier, Enterprise business will remain the same.For more information on the new plans check out our previous blog post and pricing options.
 
We hope this blog provided a brief refresher for those who are unfamiliar with Office 365 products. Please revisit our glossary for more terms relevant to Office 365.

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