Microsoft 365 (previously branded Office 365) is Microsoft's expanding family of productivity applications and cloud-based services available on a subscription basis. Microsoft 365 apps and Azure services are available in a selection of product bundles, or subscription plans, targeted at markets ranging from individual and households to global enterprises.
The most popular Microsoft 365 apps can be installed on a variety of computers including PCs, Macs, iPads, and iPhones and Android smartphones. These multi-device applications include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. PC-only apps include Access for database management and Microsoft Publisher. To accommodate customers with multiple devices, many Microsoft 365 packages allow you to install Microsoft 365 apps on several devices. For example, Microsoft 365 Business and ProPlus packages allow every Office application to be run on as many as five customer devices.
Microsoft 365 applications need Internet access for downloading, activation, account management, and updates. Most packages include a PC version of Microsoft Office, which enables you to run programs offline, just as with a traditional perpetual Microsoft Office license. When you return, your cloud-resident documents are automatically synchronized. Microsoft 365 cloud-based services include Exchange Online email hosting, Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business IM and video conferencing, and OneDrive cloud-hosted storage and sharing. Microsoft 365 cloud services require an online Internet connection.
Progent offers quick and easy online access to consultants with expertise in Microsoft, Mac, Apple iOS, and Google Android products. Progent can help you to understand the many subscription plans offered with Microsoft 365 and integrate your information system with Microsoft 365 so it delivers the highest possible strategic value. Progent has experience supporting multi-vendor networks that include Microsoft Windows, macOS or OS X, and Linux based products. Progent can also assist you to build and manage hybrid environments that transparently integrate on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure.
Core features of most Microsoft 365 applications can be run on multiple computers and devices
Microsoft 365 Applications and Cloud Services
Microsoft 365 plans are designed to serve a broad selection of markets such as businesses of all sizes, schools, state and local government, home and nonprofits. Some packages, such as Microsoft 365 Business Essentials, has no applications but only Azure-based services. Other plans, like Microsoft 365 Business, offers applications but provides only the OneDrive cloud service. The top-of-the-line Microsoft 365 Enterprise E5 subscription plan includes seven apps and seven cloud services. Progent can assist your organization to pick an Microsoft 365 bundle that makes sense for your business, assist you to move from older editions of Office apps, and help you streamline the management of Microsoft 365 and other network resources to create a cost-effective, secure and productive IT environment.
Popular Microsoft 365 Apps
The obvious difference between Microsoft 365 apps and their related Office releases is that Microsoft 365 applications are rented rather than perpetually licensed. Also, traditionally licensed Office applications are supposed to be installed on just a single device and are not updated automatically or replaced for free when a major version comes out. For example, moving from Office Word 2013 to Word 2019 requires you to purchase a whole new copy of Word. Incremental releases of Microsoft Office titles are provided Microsoft 365 users faster than to users of permanently licensed editions. Also, Office suites purchased with a permanent license do not include the Azure-based services bundled with Microsoft 365.
Applications available with various Microsoft 365 plans include:
Microsoft 365 Word offers the ability to write and review Office documents across Windows, Google Android, Mac, and iOS computers while presenting a common look and feel. You can also share Office documents, find out which team members are editing shared documents, and observe changes made by team members as they happen. Just as with Microsoft 365 Excel and PowerPoint, you can instantly share from within your documents. In addition, you can review who has permission to access a given document and who is now working on it. For your own documents, you can easily change edit permissions. Find out about Progent's Microsoft 365 Word consulting services.
Microsoft 365 Excel now allows you to employ the powerful Exponential Smoothing algorithm to build forecasts for projecting future trends using historical data. New data types that are tied to online databases include Stock and Geography. The Stock data type retrieves the current stock price, change in price, and other stock market information. Geography allows you to select a region and retrieve current online demographic or economic information like population or gas price. As with Microsoft 365 Word and Microsoft 365 PowerPoint, Microsoft 365 Excel also can handle Scalable Vector Graphics images. These can be rotated, colored, and scaled instantaneously with no loss in quality. Learn about Progent's Microsoft 365 Excel consulting and training expertise.
Microsoft 365 Excel includes new data types like Stock and Geography that connect to online data
Microsoft 365 PowerPoint lets you work with 3D models and includes an expanded selection of animation effects such as swinging and rotating. As with Microsoft Office Excel and Office Word, Microsoft 365 PowerPoint enables you to transform drawings into uniform shapes for flow charts, diagrams, and various other objects. Microsoft 365 PowerPoint for Mac adds the capability to embed and format video from within PowerPoint. The Media Browser provides easy access to a wide range of sources such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus shapes, Clip Art, and other graphical content.
Microsoft 365 Outlook provides significant enhancements to prior versions of the Outlook email and calendar application by introducing useful features like the focused Inbox, automatic downloading of OneDrive attachments, display responses to a conference invitation for people other than meeting organizers, simplified email organizing, plus more intuitive group creation and shared calendars. Additionally, Microsoft 365 Outlook users can hear their messages read audibly while the sections being read are highlighted. Microsoft's Office intelligent services, when activated, also allows Microsoft 365 Outlook subscribers to dictate messages. Microsoft 365 Outlook for Mac includes push email, online archiving, the ability to suggest a different meeting time in answer to a meeting invitation, and multiple calendar display. Full Screen Mode permits multiple open messages and enables users to run two Outlook sessions in split-screen view. Find out about Progent's Microsoft 365 Outlook and Outlook on the web consulting expertise.
Microsoft 365 OneNote for Windows 10 is incorporated in the majority of Microsoft 365 bundles, pre-installed in Windows 10, and available for download as a free mobile app. The earlier OneNote 2016 release, which has some features not at first available in OneNote for Windows 10 likes Record Video, continues to be available for free but is no longer being updated. OneNote for Windows 10 introduces a new customizable interface consistent for Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android, and Web. Other features offered exclusively on OneNote for Windows 10 include improved ink-to-text, a notification center that indicates changes in your open and recent notebooks, automatic transformation of freehand drawings into standardized shapes, and a virtual ruler to create straight lines and measure distance.
Microsoft 365 Access, available only for Windows PCs, allows you to use VBA and a rich set of templates to streamline business operations and create modern-looking forms and management reports. Microsoft 365 Access comes with the connector library to integrate data from a broad selection of leading business apps and data sources for generating aggregated reports from within the time-tested Access environment. The ability to store Access data in both SQL Server as well as Microsoft Azure SQL gives you an enterprise-class database and SQL syntax for Access apps deployed either locally or in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Microsoft Access 365 now includes an enhanced Linked Table Manager, allows you to add a wealth of new charts and reports, and permits you to link or extract data from Salesforce and Dynamics 365. Learn about Progent's Microsoft 365 Access consulting expertise.
Microsoft 365 Publisher, available only on PCs, is a leading entry-level desktop publishing tool that takes advantage of the familiar Office interface to provide an easy-to-use program for developing and sharing modern-looking publications like mailers and white papers that call for precise object placement. Since documents can be saved to the cloud, you can deliver a document simply by providing a link. Publisher's wide use and ease of use make it possible to meet deadlines on time-sensitive jobs without needing rely on the availability of a desktop publishing expert for implementing last-minute changes.
Microsoft 365 Cloud Services
Microsoft 365 cloud services allow organizations to take advantage of Microsoft's vast cloud infrastructure to host mission-critical servers such as Exchange, Teams and Skype for Business. These services provide enterprise-class levels of availability and protection while reducing the substantial upfront costs and management hassle required for setting up and supporting complex on-premises datacenters. For cases that call for some systems to be located on-premises for compliance, performance, or other issues, most Microsoft 365 server platforms can be implemented with hybrid architectures that seamlessly combine on-premises and cloud-hosted infrastructure.
Microsoft 365 Exchange Online offers email hosting and supports user mailbox sizes from 50 GB to whatever you can afford. Key features include custom domain addresses (name@yourï¿½company.com), shared calendars and address books, the Outlook Web app, single-click archiving, and easy creation of collaboration groups. The web-accessible Exchange admin center lets you manage email configurations for your organization and provides full control over crucial areas such as permissions, cybersecurity, mail flow, making mailboxes and defining limits, collaboration, address books, Unified Messaging, monitoring and reporting, and backup/recovery. Find out about Progent's Microsoft 365 Exchange Online configuration and management consulting.
Smart calendaring in Microsoft Exchange Online can capture events such as airline flights and bookings from email
Microsoft 365 OneDrive is Microsoft's popular file sync and sharing service. Microsoft 365 subscription plans typically come with 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, enabling you to save, access, and share files across Windows, Mac, or iOS and Android devices. By automatically syncing your files to your desktop, OneDrive allows you to revise documents even when you are offline. OneDrive facilitates sharing and co-editing, tracking all changes to avoid versioning problems. You can initiate a team project on any device and move seamlessly to another device at any time. For enhanced collaboration, a variety of utilities allow you to notate and highlight documents. Advanced discovery features help you to locate files quickly, and tracking tools provide insights such as the number of people who saw or shared a file.
Microsoft 365 Skype for Business provides cloud-based IP voice, video, and conferencing. Online Plan 1 offers IM, presence, peer-to-peer VoIP, and HD video, plus federation and directory search. Online Plan 2 includes scheduled and on-demand conferencing with A/V calling as well as screen and application sharing on iOS and Android devices, Windows PCs, and Apple Mac computers. For hybrid networks that integrate an on-premises Skype for Business Server with Skype for Business Online services, you can deploy a cohesive environment via a Split Domain deployment. Find out about Progent's Microsoft 365 Skype for Business Online solution design and integration consulting.
Microsoft 365 SharePoint Online integrates content management with intranet publishing to allow businesses to broadcast and share knowledge and to promote teamwork. The SharePoint admin center has been enhanced with usage reports, Message Center updates, and a Service Health dashboard designed to simplify management. In addition, you are able to now connect current team sites to Microsoft 365 Groups, expanding SharePoint sites with group conversations, calendar, and project planning. Innovative capabilities to support cloud integration now include hybrid taxonomy and auditing as well as an updated client-side development architecture for building SharePoint environments locally, in hybrid implementations, and in Microsoft 365. Find out about Progent's Microsoft 365 SharePoint Online integration and development expertise.
Microsoft Teams is the future of Skype for Business, providing a unified portal for conversations, contact lists, and information with persistent threaded chat, file sharing, plus built-in IP voice and video conferencing. Microsoft has built the cloud infrastructure supporting Teams to deliver faster meeting join speeds than Skype for Business and to allow integration with Cognitive Services like text-to-voice, language translation, speech recognition, and machine learning. Progent's consultants can assist you to try out Microsoft 365 Teams to assess the benefits of adopting this new collaboration platform. Find out about Progent's Microsoft Teams migration consulting.
Microsoft 365 Yammer is a social network platform intended to be used within an enterprise and restricted to users who have an authorized company email address. Postings can include files, web links, media, PowerPoint presentations, and SharePoint pages. The Discovery connection helps you find information that relates to your work or concerns as indicated by the groups you are a member of, discussions you participate in, and people you correspond with. You can find conversations, files, interest groups, followers, and other items associated with a specific co-worker. Group Insights inform you how activities like publishing, viewing, and liking are trending over time. Notifications tell you about relevant activity such as new postings in your groups, input to your conversations, and new participants.
Microsoft 365 Power BI is a stack of online services integrated with Microsoft 365 that enables businesses to build and share dashboards and on-demand management reports that offer real-time consolidated views into vital aspects of your business. Microsoft 365 Power BI dashboards can aggregate data from a broad array of local and external repositories such as Excel, in-house SQL Server Analysis Service, Azure, or popular databases such as Zendesk, Google Analytics and Salesforce. Dashboards and reports created by Power BI can be refreshed continually via data streaming. You can store and distribute your dashboards in the cloud with OneDrive. Native Power BI mobile applications are available for Windows computers plus Apple iOS and Android smartphones. Find out about Progent's Microsoft 365 Power BI Online development consulting services.
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Microsoft 365 Solutions
For organizations looking for fast online access to a top-tier Microsoft 365 configuration expert, Progent can provide a comprehensive range of support services such as solution planning, configuration, troubleshooting, application development, management, and education. Progent's Microsoft-qualified support professionals, Cisco-certified network infrastructure experts, macOS and OS X integration experts, iOS technology integration experts and Android smartphone consultants can help you to integrate your information system with Microsoft 365 applications and services.
ProSight Remote Management and Monitoring Services
Progent provides a family of low-cost, flat-rate managed services intended to allow small and mid-size organizations to benefit from the same best-of-breed IT solutions deployed by many of the industry's top corporations. The ProSight suite of outsourced network management services covers all key aspects of information technology such as email protection, behavioral-based threat defense, cloud-based backup and disaster recovery, network infrastructure management, VM hosting, and IT resources documentation management. Find out more about Progent's remote management and monitoring (RMM) services.
Contact Progent for Microsoft 365 Integration and Support
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Cloud Integration Solutions from Progent
The choices available for public cloud services are increasing rapidly, making it a serious challenge for IT managers to select the best cloud strategy for their business. Progent has worked extensively assisting businesses of all sizes to plan, implement, and maintain hybrid networks that integrate various cloud services from major public cloud providers. Progent's cloud integration consultants can assist you to understand the comparative advantages and shortcomings of different public cloud offerings and can help you create a cloud-centric or hybrid network that provides maximum competitive value.
Public cloud products and services supported by Progent's consultants include:
Progent's Microsoft Azure cloud planning and integration consultants can assist you with every phase of Azure cloud migration including requirements definition, readiness evaluation, solution architecture, pilot testing, implementation, automated administration, performance optimization, license management, disaster recovery preparedness, security policy enforcement, and compliance assessment. Progent can help your IT staff to configure and debug firewalls and VPN tunnels so your clients can safely access to Azure-based services, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting experts can help you set up key Microsoft technologies to work in the cloud including Microsoft Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL and SharePoint. Progent can also assist you to create a hybrid environment that seamlessly integrates physical datacenters with Azure services.
Microsoft has made a strong effort to enable transparent hybrid networks that combine Microsoft 365 and local Exchange deployments. This permits you to have some Exchange mailboxes located at your on-premises datacenter and other mailboxes hosted by Microsoft 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consulting team can assist your organization with any facet of designing, integrating and debugging your hybrid Microsoft 365/Exchange network. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide occasional support to help you through stubborn technical bottlenecks and also offer comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to make sure your hybrid Microsoft 365/Exchange initiative is carried out on time and within budget. For details about Progent's online consulting services for hybrid Microsoft 365 Exchange and on-premises Exchange systems, refer to Microsoft 365 Exchange Online integration with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's Amazon Web Services (AWS) planning and integration experts can provide affordable remote support to assist companies to access Amazon AWS cloud services such as Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for virtual machine hosting, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for expandable cloud storage, and Amazon Glacier for value-priced long-term archiving. Progent can assist your IT team with every phase of Amazon AWS migration and troubleshooting including needs analysis, preparedness assessment, architectural design and review, testing, configuration, administration, performance tuning, software license management, backup/restore solutions, and security and compliance. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewalls and VPN access and can show you how to deploy all-cloud or hybrid environments that efficiently integrate Amazon AWS cloud services. Progent can provide occasional consulting or Progent can provide project management outsourcing to help you move smoothly to the Amazon AWS cloud platform.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) is an integrated library of APIs that allows Amazon sellers to improve the efficiency of their business processes by automating crucial sales activities including listings, orders, payments, fulfillment, and finances. By tapping into Amazon's vast online ecosystem and automating their sales, merchants can broaden their market, lower their operating costs, accelerate response time to customers, and increase their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service developers can collaborate with your development team and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and mentoring so you can shorten development time and costs and expedite your ROI.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform (GCP) planning and integration consultants can provide cost-effective remote and on-premises support to assist organizations of any size to move any part of their critical network resources to Google Cloud Platform services. This can save time and equipment expense and allow access to Google's state-of-the-art AI and machine learning tools. Progent can help you with every aspect of Google Cloud Platform migration and troubleshooting including requirements analysis, readiness evaluation, architectural design, pilot testing, deployment, administration, performance tuning, software license management, disaster recovery solutions, and security strategies.