Office 365 is Microsoft's expanding family of client productivity applications and cloud services provided on a monthly or annual subscription basis. Microsoft Office 365 apps and cloud services are offered in a variety of bundles, or subscription plans, intended for customers ranging from students and households to major enterprises.
The most popular Microsoft Office 365 applications can be run on a variety of computers including PCs, Macs, iPads, and smartphones. Multi-device apps include versions of Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. PC-only apps include Access for database management and Publish for desktop publishing. To address customers who have multiple devices, many Office 365 packages allow you to put Office apps on several devices. As an example, Office 365 Business and ProPlus subscription plans allow each Office app to be run on as many as five customer devices.
Office 365 applications need Internet connectivity for downloading, registration, account personalization, and updates. The majority of subscription plans include a PC version of Microsoft Office, which enables you to use programs offline, the same as with a legacy permanent Office license. When you go back online, your cloud-resident files are automatically synchronized and updated. Office 365 cloud-based services include Exchange Online hosted email, Skype for Business online conferencing, and OneDrive cloud-based storage and collaboration. All Office 365 cloud services require an online connection.
Progent offers quick and easy remote access to a support consultant with expertise in Microsoft, Mac, iOS, and Android software. Progent can help you to evaluate the many subscription plans offered with Office 365 and configure your IT system with Office 365 in a way that delivers maximum competitive value. Progent supports multi-vendor networks that incorporate Microsoft Windows, macOS or OS X, and Linux technology. Progent can also help you to build and manage hybrid networks that transparently combine on-premises and cloud-based resources.
Core features of most Office 365 applications can be run on multiple computers and devices
Microsoft Office 365 Apps and Cloud-based Services
Office 365 plans are available for a broad selection of markets such as businesses of all sizes, schools, state and local government, home and nonprofits. Some packages, like Office 365 Business Essentials, includes no applications but only Azure-based services. Others, like Office 365 Business, includes applications but provides only the OneDrive cloud service. The top-of-the-line Office 365 Enterprise E5 package includes seven apps and seven cloud services. Progent's consultants can assist you to select an Office 365 bundle that's right for your situation, assist you to move from older versions of Office apps, and show you how to centralize the management of Office 365 and other system resources to create an efficient, protected and productive IT ecosystem.
Key Office 365 Applications
The most obvious difference between Office 365 apps and their associated Microsoft Office editions is that Office 365 applications are subscription based rather than sold. Also, permanently licensed Office applications are allowed to be installed on just one device and are not updated automatically or upgraded for free when a major new version is released. For example, upgrading from Office Word 2013 to Word 2016 requires that you purchase a whole new license for Word. Minor updates to Microsoft Office titles are made available to Office 365 users sooner than to owners of permanently licensed versions. Also, Office suites purchased with a permanent license do not include any of the cloud services that are included with Office 365.
Apps available with different Office 365 subscription plans include:
Office 365 Word offers the ability to create and review Office files across Microsoft Windows, Android, Apple Mac, and iOS devices while maintaining a consistent look and feel. Users can also collaborate on documents, see which colleagues are editing shared documents, and see changes made by team members as they happen. As with Office 365 Excel and Office 365 PowerPoint, you can instantly share from within your documents. In addition, you can check who has permission to access a specific document and who is now working on it. For documents you own, you can quickly change authoring permissions. Find out about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Word consulting expertise.
Office 365 Excel now allows subscribers to employ the powerful Exponential Smoothing (ETS) algorithm to create forecasts for predicting future trends based on historical data. New data types that are tied to remote databases include Stock and Geography. Stock retrieves the current stock price, price change, and other stock market information. Geography enables you to designate a region and retrieve current demographic or economic data such as population or gas price. As with Office 365 Word and PowerPoint, Office 365 Excel also supports Scalable Vector Graphics images. These can be turned, colored, and scaled instantaneously without any deterioration in image quality. Learn about Progent's Office 365 Excel consulting and training expertise.
Microsoft Office 365 Excel introduces new data types such as Stock and Geography that link to online data
Office 365 PowerPoint supports three dimensional models and includes an expanded selection of animation functions such as swinging and turning. Like Office Excel and Office Word, Office 365 PowerPoint allows you to convert drawings into uniform shapes for charts, diagrams, and various other objects. Office 365 PowerPoint for Mac adds the ability to embed and edit movies from inside PowerPoint. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides easy access to a broad range of sources such as iPhoto galleries, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries as well as shapes, Clip Art, and other graphical content.
Office 365 Outlook offers significant enhancements to prior releases of the Outlook email and calendar app by adding useful features like audio cues, automatic downloading of OneDrive attachments, visibility of replies to a meeting invitation for people who are not meeting organizers, streamlined email organizing, plus easier group creation and shared calendars. Also, Office 365 Outlook users can have their messages read out loud while the segments being read are highlighted. Office intelligent services, when activated, allows Office 365 Outlook subscribers to dictate messages. Office 365 Outlook for Mac now supports push email, online archiving, the ability to suggest a different meeting time in answer to a meeting invitation, and multiple calendar visibility. Full Screen Mode permits multiple open messages and enables subscribers to run two Outlook sessions in split-screen. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Outlook and Outlook on the web consulting services.
Office 365 OneNote for Windows 10 is included in most Office 365 bundles, pre-installed in Windows 10, and available for download as a no-cost mobile app. The earlier OneNote 2016 release, which includes functions not initially provided in OneNote for Windows 10 likes Record Video, continues to be available for free but is no longer being updated. OneNote for Windows 10 sports a new customizable GUI common for Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Google Android, and Web. Other functionality available only on OneNote for Windows 10 include enhanced ink-to-text capability, a notification center that shows changes in open and recent notebooks, automatic conversion of freehand drawings into standardized shapes, and a digital ruler to create straight lines and measure distance.
Office 365 Access, offered exclusively for PCs, enables you to utilize Visual Basic for Applications and a rich library of templates to streamline business operations and create modern-looking forms and reports. Office 365 Access includes the connector library to integrate data from a wide range of popular business apps and data sources for creating quality reports from within the time-tested Access environment. The ability to store Access data in both SQL Server as well as Azure SQL provides an enterprise-class back end plus SQL syntax for Access apps hosted either locally or in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Microsoft Office Access 365 now comes with an enhanced Linked Table Manager, lets you add new charts and reports, and permits you to link or import data from Saleforce and Microsoft Dynamics 365. Learn about Progent's Office 365 Access development and troubleshooting services.
Office 365 Publisher, offered only on Windows PCs, is a leading entry-level desktop publishing tool that leverages the familiar Microsoft Office interface to deliver an intuitive platform for creating 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 as easily as providing a link. Publisher's wide use and ease of use make it possible to hit deadlines on time-critical jobs without needing depend on instant access to a desktop publishing specialist for implementing last-minute edits.
Office 365 Cloud Services
Office 365 cloud services permit organizations to take advantage of Microsoft's vast cloud infrastructure to host business-critical servers such as Exchange and Skype for Business. These services provide enterprise-class levels of reliability and protection while reducing the significant upfront expense and management hassle associated with setting up and supporting self-sufficient local datacenters. For cases that call for some systems to be kept onsite for compliance, performance, or other issues, most Office 365 virtual server platforms can be deployed using hybrid architectures that seamlessly combine local and cloud-based resources.
Office 365 Exchange Online provides email hosting and allows user mailbox sizes ranging from 50 Gbytes to unlimited. Important features include custom domain addresses (name@your≠company.com), shared calendars and contacts, the Outlook Web app, one-click archiving, and easy creation of collaboration groups. The web-accessible Exchange admin center lets you manage email settings for your organization and provides complete control over crucial areas including user rights, security and compliance, mail flow, creating mailboxes and defining limits, collaboration, address books, Unified Messaging, monitoring and reporting, and backup. Find out about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online configuration and management consulting.
Smart calendaring in Office Exchange Online can capture events such as flights and bookings from email
Office 365 OneDrive is Microsoft's popular file synchronization and share service. Office 365 subscription plans typically include 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, allowing you to save, access, and share files across Windows, Mac, or iOS and Android devices. By transparently syncing your files to your work station, OneDrive lets you revise documents even when you are offline. OneDrive simplifies sharing and co-editing, keeping track all changes to help prevent inconsistency problems. You can start a team project on any device and move seamlessly to another device at any time. For enhanced collaboration, a variety of utilities permit you to notate and highlight documents. Powerful search features allow you to locate files fast, and tracking tools offer useful information such as the number of people who accessed or shared a document.
Office 365 Skype for Business provides cloud-hosted voice, video, and conferencing. Skype's Online Plan 1 offers instant messaging, presence, VoIP, and HD video, plus federation and directory search. Online Plan 2 adds pre-scheduled and on-demand conferencing with audio and video calling as well as screen and application sharing on Apple iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, PCs, and Mac computers. For hybrid networks that combine a local Skype for Business Server with Skype for Business Online services, you can create a seamless environment using a Split Domain implementation. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Skype for Business Online solution design and configuration expertise.
Office 365 SharePoint Online combines information management with internal web publishing to allow businesses to broadcast and share knowledge and to facilitate collaboration. The SharePoint admin center now includes usage reports, Message Center posts, and a Service Health dashboard intended to simplify management. In addition, you can now connect current team sites to Office 365 Groups, expanding your existing SharePoint sites with group discussions, schedules, and Planner. Features to support cloud coexistence now include hybrid taxonomy and auditing as well as an enhanced client-side development architecture for creating SharePoint solutions on-premises, in hybrid deployments, and in Microsoft Office 365. Learn about Progent's Office 365 SharePoint Online configuration and development expertise.
Office Teams is the successor of Skype for Business, offering a unified hub for discussions, contacts, and information with persistent chat, file sharing, and integrated IP voice and video conferencing. Microsoft has enhanced the cloud architecture that hosts Teams to provide quicker conference join speeds than Skype for Business and to allow integration with Microsoft Cognitive Services like text-to-voice, translation, speech recognition, and AI. Progent can assist you to try out Office 365 Teams to assess the advantages of adopting this innovative collaboration platform.
Office 365 Yammer is a social network platform designed to be used within an organization and limited to clients with a valid company email address. Postings can be files, links, videos, PowerPoint shows, and SharePoint content. The Discovery feed makes it easy to find information relevant to your job or interests as indicated by the groups you are a member of, discussions you participate in, and colleagues you correspond with. You can locate discussions, files, interest groups, followers, and other items related to a given co-worker. Group Insights inform you how activities such as publishing, reading, and liking are trending historically. Notifications alert you about relevant activity such as updates in your groups, input to your conversations, and new followers.
Office 365 Power BI is a set of online services integrated with Office 365 that enables you to create sharable dashboards and custom reports that provide up-to-date consolidated views into vital facets of your business. Office 365 Power BI dashboards can aggregate information from a broad array of internal and external repositories like Microsoft Excel, in-house SQL Server Analysis Service, Azure, or popular databases such as QuickBooks, Google Analytics and Salesforce. Dashboards and reports developed on Power BI can be refreshed continually via data streaming. You can save and share your dashboards in the cloud with Office 365 OneDrive. Power BI mobile apps are offered for Windows devices as well as iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Power BI Online integration expertise.
How Progent's Cloud Experts Can Assist You with Microsoft Office 365 Solutions
For organizations who need fast remote guidance from a top-tier Office 365 configuration expert, Progent offers a full sele3ction of services such as system design, deployment, troubleshooting, software development, management, and education. Progent's Microsoft-certified support professionals, Cisco-certified network experts, macOS and OS X integration support professionals, iOS technology experts and Android smartphone experts can help you to integrate your information network with Microsoft Office 365 applications and services.
Progent's ProSight family of Remote Management and Monitoring Services
Progent offers a family of affordable, fixed-price managed services designed to enable small and medium-size organizations to benefit from the same best-of-breed IT solutions deployed by some of the world's top corporations. The ProSight suite of outsourced network management services addresses all critical facets of information technology including email protection, behavioral-based threat defense, cloud-based backup/recovery, infrastructure health monitoring, VM cloud hosting, and IT asset documentation management. Learn more about Progent's remote management and monitoring services.
Get in Touch with Progent for Office 365 Expertise
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Cloud Integration Solutions from Progent
The options available for public cloud products and services are expanding continually, making it hard for information system managers to determine the optimum cloud strategy for their business. Progent has in-depth experience helping companies of all sizes to design, implement, and maintain hybrid networks that combine various cloud products and services from leading public cloud providers. Progent's cloud integration consultants can help you to evaluate the comparative advantages and shortcomings of competing public cloud options and can show you how to build a cloud-based or hybrid ecosystem that delivers maximum competitive value.
Public cloud products supported by Progent include:
Progent's Microsoft Azure planning and integration consultants can help you with every stage of Microsoft Azure integration including requirements analysis, readiness evaluation, solution architecture, pre-production testing, implementation, automated management, performance optimization, software license management, disaster recovery strategies, security policy enforcement, and regulatory compliance validation. Progent can assist your IT staff to configure and troubleshoot firewall appliances and VPN tunnels so your clients can safely access to Azure services, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting experts can assist you integrate critical Microsoft technologies to work in Azure including Microsoft Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and Skype for Business. Progent can also help you to create a hybrid environment that transparently combines physical datacenters with Azure-based resources.
Microsoft allows you to create seamless hybrid ecosystems that integrate Office 365 Exchange Online and on-premises installations of Exchange. This permits you to have specific mailboxes hosted at your corporate datacenter and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help your organization with any facet of designing, implementing and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365 solution. Progent's Exchange consultants can provide as-needed expertise to help you through challenging technical problems and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution is carried out on time and on budget. For more information about Progent's online consulting support for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, visit Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's Amazon Web Services (AWS) planning and integration consultants offer cost-effective remote consulting to assist companies to integrate Amazon AWS cloud services including Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for virtual machine hosting, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for expandable cloud storage, and Glacier for value-priced long-term archiving. Progent can help your IT team with every aspect of Amazon AWS migration and troubleshooting including requirements analysis, preparedness evaluation, architectural design, testing, deployment, administration, performance optimization, licensing management, backup/restore mechanisms, and security. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewall configuration and VPN access and can help you deploy cloud-centric or hybrid environments that efficiently integrate Amazon AWS resources. Progent can provide occasional support or Progent can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing services to help you move efficiently to the Amazon AWS cloud.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service is an integrated library of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to streamline their operations by automating crucial sales activities including listings, orders, payments, inbound and outbound fulfillment, and finances. By tapping into Amazon's vast online selling environment and automating their sales processes, vendors can expand their market, reduce their operating costs, improve reaction time to customers, and increase their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service developers can work with your development staff and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and training so you can shorten development time and expedite your ROI.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform (GCP) integration consultants can provide cost-effective online and onsite support to help organizations of any size to move all or part of their core IT infrastructure to Google Cloud Platform services. This can save management hassle and hardware costs and enable access to Google's state-of-the-art machine learning tools. Progent can help you with every aspect of Google Cloud Platform integration including requirements analysis, preparedness assessment, system design, testing, deployment, administration, performance tuning, software license management, backup/restore mechanisms, and security.