Since Microsoft unveiled Office 365 last year, there’s one feature we think hasn’t had the attention it deserves: their new subscription model. It’s actually great for SMBs or anyone else likely to need Office on multiple devices. You can save your documents to SkyDrive, Microsoft’s online storage service, and then access them from your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone wherever you are, and you now get free Skype minutes thrown in, so it’s easier (and cheaper) to catch up with clients or stay in touch with the office when you’re on the road.
Access files anywhere with Office 365
Office 365 lets each user allowed to install on up to five devices. You can chop and change what these devices are, so for example if you got halfway through your subscription and decided you didn’t need Office 365 on your tablet but did want it on an additional laptop, it’s a simple matter of moving the licence from one to another. You can also stream full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Publisher and Lync to any desktop PC using Office on Demand – even if it’s not one of the five devices you’ve registered Office 365 on. As you’re on a subscription, you’ll automatically receive all the latest updates to the software, so you’re always working on the latest version.
Extra features: cloud storage, larger mailboxes, video conferencing and more
With Office 365, you get access to a 25GB mailbox, shared calendar so you can co-ordinate with the rest of the team, scheduling and task-list tools, and 10GB of cloud storage for the organisation, plus an extra 500MB per user. There’s also the facility to host video conferences from within Office 365 using Microsoft’s one-click screen sharing tools and video conferencing abilities – if you have an HD camera, you can even share full HD video, so it’s a great way to showcase work to clients or potential customers.
Most intriguingly, an Office 365 subscription lets you set up, build and maintain a public website for your company, without having to pay any hosting fees. If you’re just beginning to move your business online, this is a great chance to save while you’re getting set up, giving you a platform on which to develop your web presence for less.
How much does this cost?
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