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Microsoft Office 365 Is Now Affordable for S&M Business Professionals

July 4, 2011

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Small business can now have their own domain ID, online document editing, document management, and instant messaging with online meetings for just 6 bucks a month! Finally types of cloud computing that anyone can understand!  This article will be on Office 365 features, pricing, and more importantly the packages that will assist our customers to move to that platform.

So let’s focus on what exactly is Office 365 and what are the top 5 reasons why businesses should move to this particular platform.

What is Office 365?

• Office 365 is Cloud Hosted Exchange, local copy of Office Professional Plus using SharePoint, Lync

It allows for enterprise email that is easy to manage, allows the ability to work anywhere in the world, with a user experience that has no equal in the industry. Simply put, Office 365 Exchange is a platform that is now affordable for small, medium, and enterprise business.

SharePoint – The fastest growing software in the history of Microsoft is now available on the cloud computing platform, which offers a much smaller footprint than on-premise configurations. SharePoint offers document management, collaboration of team sites, and manages to seamlessly integrate with the Office 2010 suite.

Lync – Lync is a next generation hosted Unified Communication System allowing anyone to work on it anywhere, any time. With Lync, users can avail information they need quickly with instant messaging, view availability of colleagues with presence in most Microsoft applications, and web conferencing which enables more efficient communication between employees and customers.

Top reasons why businesses should move to Office 365:

Flexibility – Customers now have the choice to deploy in the Cloud, on-premise, or in a hybrid scenario. One size does not fit all and flexibility is a key component of Office 365

Cost – Have you ever heard the phrase “If you can’t beat them, join them?” With plans that range from $6 to $27 per user, per month, there is no viable argument to host with a non-Microsoft data center. They simply can’t touch that price, period.

Migration – Teaming with Microsoft to complete the migration to Office 365 is a one-time cost and future upgrades will not incur migration costs.

Security – Office 365 is financially backed with 99.9% uptime guarantee, which to our knowledge is not offered by any other hosting provider. So if it’s not always up, Microsoft loses money, hence it is safe to assume their multiple geographically dispersed data centers are best the best in its class.

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