Introducing Microsoft Teams – Enhanced Collaboration in Office 365
Here at Arden, we think Microsoft has really got it spot on with Microsoft Office 365.
It works exceptionally well for the ever-evolving business user and their need for mobile, flexible, around-the-clock, collaborative working. However, there is much to understand about this product, so here are the main bits you need to grasp if you are thinking about dipping your toe in the “cloud pond”, or even if your toe is already wet!
This means it’s hosted on Internet-based, offsite remote servers that are networked. Files are stored in Microsoft Cloud and you can access them anywhere from any machine and you don’t even need Office!
Office is more flexible
Many businesses are used to the desktop version of Office, which you purchase and install directly to your PC. However, with Office 365 you enter into a subscription-based plan that offers full Office functionality with all the convenience of the web. And there’s a bonus, for every user subscription, you can install across up to five devices… your home computer.. your iPad… your Grandma’s iPad…
What you will need to get set up…
- Windows 7 or 8.
- Mac users need OS X 10.6 (or later).
- Internet access for install.
- Compatible browser: IE 9, Firefox 12, Safari 5, or Chrome 18.
- Hardware: minimum of 1 GHz processor, 1GB or RAM (32-bit); 2GB RAM (64-bit) or at least 3GB of available hard disk space. It needs space to be fabulous!
What’s compatible with 365?
- Office 2010 and 2013.
- Office 2007 also works with some loss in functionality.
- Web Apps are compatible.
- Unfortunately, Office 2003 will not work.
What else do I get with my subscription?
Not only do you get the most up-to-date versions of everything… you also get FREE cloud storage space with the subscriptions… 25GB per user!
Who should subscribe?
We would say, everyone… but it’s particularly useful for businesses that
- a) require flexible working
- b) need to work on multiple devices, and/or
- c) require efficient file sharing.
It’s also a brilliant option for a Business Continuity Plan. If, say, your office got swallowed by a black hole tomorrow, you could go and work in a coffee shop and no one would be any the wiser! *Slurps another cappuccino*
The Big One – security
Don’t panic. Security is of utmost importance to Microsoft. You can set permissions and all data is encrypted. Your files are saved in special data centres where security is a primary concern. Basically, a small- to medium-sized business will have better security using Office 365 than you could cost-effectively set up alone!