You may have heard that there are many benefits for businesses that move to Office 365. However, Office 365 can be confusing. What’s the difference between Office 365 and the normal version of Office? What are these benefits?

Microsoft’s Office 365 solution is proven to be a hit with businesses and organisations around the world. But how much do you know about Office 365? And is it something that you should consider for your organisation?

What is Office 365?

You may have heard about Office 365 in the past, but did you know that it’s more than just a set of online office applications?

  • Office 365 offers cloud collaboration for businesses
  • It offers hosted Exchange email services
  • Other services include Lync, SharePoint and Office Web Apps
  • It also offers synchronised calendar access

Why use Office 365?

There are a plethora of benefits to using Microsoft Office 365. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • It enables you to access your email and documents online
  • It works with PC and Mac platforms
  • It offers the familiar Microsoft Office look and feel
  • It even works brilliantly with smartphones and tablets

Is Office 365 safe, secure and reliable?

Office 365 offers cloud services with high reliability and the best online security available.

  • Microsoft guarantees 99.9% uptime for Office 365
  • Office 365 services are ISO 27001 certified (like Netstar), and verified by independent sources
  • Microsoft track their data centres 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Office 365 uses BitLocker and SSL/TLS encryption to ensure that your data is protected

Can Office 365 save me money?

Thousands of organisations have saved money by switching over to Microsoft Office 365. Here is why it makes sense for you to make the move:

  • You won’t have to pay for separate software licenses
  • You don’t need to buy expensive in-house server equipment
  • There are several Office 365 plans to suit different needs
  • High uptime means worker productivity isn’t affected by IT problems

Cloud computing plays an important part in IT

As time goes on, businesses and organisations around the world will be using the cloud for most of their IT needs:

  • Over 60% of businesses use cloud computing as part of their IT systems
  • An estimated 50% of firms will need their workers to use their own systems by 2017
  • Businesses will spend $150 billion on cloud services by 2015
  • 82% of companies save cash by using the cloud as part of their services