The transition to any new software is always somewhat confusing and complex. Changes like these come with a necessary adjustment period. Getting everyone on board in a timely fashion, however, is vital for ongoing productivity and success. Following is a brief overview of Office 365 – what your business needs to know to make the best possible use of this premium programme.
Larger companies will have this taken care of by their in-house IT departments, but for smaller business owners this is something thatr should be handed off to your tech support company. When transitioning to a new system it is important that data is protected, and if you have any doubts as to your abilities it is best to leave a task like this to the IT professionals
The most recent release of this software is the final addition. As such, it is significantly different from former versions of MS Office, both regarding pricing and distribution. Fortunately, the major of these changes are beneficial. Overall, this program has been streamlined to be more convenient and more secure. It also boasts a broad range of exciting features.
It is no longer possible to purchase this suite on disc at a regular store. Instead, it must be purchased and downloaded online. There are a few countries in which Microsoft continues to offer discs, but most people and organisations will have to get their copies on the web. Moreover, rather than saving to your desktop, this programme will save your files in virtual space or in the cloud. This may sound complicated, but online support is plentiful, and an experienced IT company will be able to advise you, and set things up. Search online for your local specialists.
Cloud storage for this suite is automatically offered via OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). There are, however, other options that you can choose to use for your data storage. The apps, however, are tightly integrated with this platform. In addition to using this cloud-based service or any other of your choosing, you can still save files locally.
Instead of purchasing the programme and owning it outright, you will need to pay a yearly subscription fee. This is one of the major changes that have occurred in this platform. For an annual fee, your entire home can use the subscription. For a fairly comparable price, you have the option of buying a perpetual license. Instead of using the programme on multiple devices, you will only be able to use it on one. You will, however, maintain the licenses over the long-term and can continue using the software as long as you wish without having to pay recurring fees.
With a subscription, you will be able to use the programme on as many as five devices. These can include Mac PCs and Window PCs. There are even a number of hand-held, mobile devices on which this program can be used. It is important to note, however, that many major OSes are still not compatible.
Some applications will come with the purchase of a lifelong license or with a recurring membership fee depending upon the pricing scheme that you choose. These included Publisher, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. If you have a standard PC, you will also get OneNote. If you own a Mac, this final app will not be available.
There are a few drawbacks that should be considered before choosing and using this option. Foremost among these is the fact that you are not able to customise the install process. This means that you are not able to install some of the available apps while opting to eschew others. The entire suite must be installed at the same time, irrespective of whether or not you intend to use all of the apps that are provided.
A major benefit of this recently upgraded platform is the fact that it is now viable on devices with touchscreen technology. It is, therefore, perfect for tablets, laptops, and hybrid devices that use Windows 8, and going forward with Windows 10. The system additionally comes with 26 GB of virtual storage space.