Office 365: What’s With All the Buzz?

Posted on: February 17th, 2016 by Julian Lombardi

It seems these days that no matter where you go someone is mentioning Office 365. While Office 365 has been out for a number of years, it still gets a lot of attention. You may be wondering what is it and why should you care; in this post, we are going to go over what Office 365 is and what makes it so popular.
What is Office 365?
Office 365 is a suite of office productivity software that is accessible online. Microsoft has taken the liberty of offering many of its enterprise software products in the cloud (including Microsoft Exchange, Sharepoint, Skype for Business (Formerly Lync), and others). That covers the infrastructure side of things, but Office 365 also offers client software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and the rest of the Office suite.

What Makes it so Popular?
The reason why Office 365 is so popular is because of what it offers and how flexible it is. The software mentioned above typically costs businesses hundreds or even thousands to buy upfront through regular retail channels. With Office 365, businesses can pay a very low monthly fee and have enterprise level software at their disposal. Also, the software is all in the cloud so it doesn’t require any expensive hardware to run it. Office 365 provides 24×7 technical support and offers a 99.9% service guarantee. The service runs out of an easy-to-use web portal that really eliminates the need for full time IT staff involvement. See below for the official Office 365 website:

Overall, Office 365 is a great service out there especially for small businesses. The dynamic of being able to add/remove software licenses as needed on the fly is really critical for smaller organizations and it doesn’t get much easier than this. Registered charities should spend some resources looking into Office 365 as it is offered as a free donation from Microsoft.

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