Office 365 is Microsoft's expanding line of productivity applications and cloud-based services offered on a monthly or annual subscription basis. Office 365 apps and Azure services are offered in a variety of product bundles, known as subscription plans, intended for customers ranging from students and households to major enterprises.
Most Microsoft Office 365 titles can be installed on multiple computers including PCs, Apple Macs, iPads, and iPhones and Android smartphones. These multi-device apps include versions of Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. PC-only apps include Access for database management and Office Publisher. To accommodate customers who have multiple computing devices, many Office 365 bundles permit you to run Office 365 applications on several devices. As an example, Office 365 Business and ProPlus packages allow each included application to be run on as many as five customer devices.
Office 365 apps need Internet access for downloading, registration, account management, and updates. Most packages include a PC version of Microsoft Office, which enables you to run applications offline, just as with a traditional perpetual Office license. When you go back online, your cloud-resident documents are automatically synchronized. Office 365 cloud-based services include Exchange Online email hosting, Skype for Business web conferencing, and OneDrive cloud-hosted storage and sharing. Office 365 cloud-based services need an active online connection.
Progent can provide fast and easy remote access to consultants with expertise in Microsoft, Mac, Apple iOS, and Google Android technology. Progent can help you to understand the numerous packages offered with Office 365 and integrate your IT network with Office 365 so it delivers maximum business advantage. Progent can help you manage multi-vendor networks that include Windows, macOS or OS X, and Linux based products. Progent can also assist you to implement and maintain hybrid networks that transparently combine on-premises and cloud infrastructure.
Core features of most Office 365 apps can be run on multiple computers and devices
Microsoft Office 365 Applications and Cloud Services
Microsoft Office 365 plans are available for a wide range of markets including businesses, schools, government, and home. Some subscription plans, such as Office 365 Business Essentials, has no apps but only Azure-based services. Other plans, such as Office 365 Business, includes applications but provides only the OneDrive cloud-based service. The top-of-the-line Office 365 Enterprise E5 package includes seven apps and seven cloud services. Progent can help you to pick an Office 365 subscription plan that's right for your business, help you to move from legacy versions of Office applications, and show you how to simplify the management of Office 365 and other system resources to build a cost-effective, protected and reliable IT ecosystem.
Major Office 365 Apps
The most obvious difference between Office 365 applications and their associated Microsoft Office versions is that Office 365 apps are subscription based rather than perpetually licensed. Also, traditionally licensed Microsoft Office apps are supposed to be installed on just one PC or Mac and are not updated automatically or upgraded at no extra cost when a major version is released. For example, upgrading from Office Word 2013 to Word 2016 requires that you purchase another license for Word. Incremental updates to Office titles are made available to Office 365 subscribers sooner than to users of permanently licensed versions. Also, Office suites bought with a permanent license do not include any of the cloud services that are bundled with Office 365.
Applications offered with various Office 365 plans include:
Office 365 Word introduces the ability to edit and view Office documents across Microsoft Windows, Android, Apple Mac, and iOS devices while presenting a common look and user experience. Users can also co-author documents, see which colleagues are working on various shared documents, and observe changes made by team members in real time. As with Office 365 Excel and Office 365 PowerPoint, you can instantly share from within your documents. In addition, you can review who has rights to view or edit a given document and who is currently working on it. For your own documents, you can easily change edit rights. Learn about Progent's Office 365 Word consulting expertise.
Office 365 Excel permits you to employ the standard Exponential Smoothing (ETS) algorithm to build forecasts for projecting future trends using historical data. New linked data types that access current online databases in real time include Stock and Geography. Stock downloads the current stock price, price change, and other equities information. The Geography data type enables you to designate a region and retrieve specified online demographic or economic information like population or gas price. As with Office 365 Word and PowerPoint, Office 365 Excel also can handle Scalable Vector Graphics images. These images can be turned, colored, and scaled instantly with no loss in image quality. Learn about Progent's Office 365 Excel consulting and training expertise.
Microsoft Office 365 Excel includes new data types such as Stock and Geography that connect to online data
Office 365 PowerPoint supports 3D objects and provides an enhanced library of animation functions such as swinging and rotating. Like Office Excel and Office Word, Office 365 PowerPoint allows you to convert drawings into uniform shapes for charts, diagrams, and other objects. Office 365 PowerPoint for Mac includes the ability to incorporate and edit video from within PowerPoint. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides easy access to a wide selection of sources like iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries plus shapes, Clip Art, and other graphics.
Office 365 Outlook provides important enhancements to previous releases of the Outlook email client application by adding features such as the focused Inbox, transparent downloading of OneDrive attachments, visibility of replies to a conference invitation for people who are not meeting organizers, simplified email organizing, plus easier group creation and shared calendars. Also, Office 365 Outlook users can have their messages read aloud while the segments being read are highlighted. Office intelligent services, when activated, also allows Office 365 Outlook subscribers to dictate messages. Office 365 Outlook for Mac includes push email, online archiving, the ability to propose a different meeting schedule in answer to a meeting invitation, and multiple calendar display. Full Screen Mode permits multiple open messages and enables subscribers to run two Outlook sessions in split-screen. Find out about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Outlook and Outlook on the web consulting expertise.
Office 365 OneNote for Windows 10 is included in the majority of Office 365 bundles, installed by default in Windows 10, and available for download as a free mobile application. The earlier OneNote 2016 release, which has some functions not initially provided in OneNote for Windows 10 such as Record Video, continues to be available for free but is not being updated. OneNote for Windows 10 sports a fresh customizable GUI common for Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android, and Web. Other features offered exclusively on OneNote for Windows 10 include enhanced ink-to-text, an alert center that indicates changes in open and recently used notebooks, automatic conversion of freehand drawings into standardized shapes, and a digital ruler to draw straight lines and make measurements.
Office 365 Access, available only for Windows PCs, enables you to utilize VBA and a rich set of templates to automate business operations and create advanced forms and reports. Office 365 Access comes with the connector library to integrate data from a broad selection of popular business applications and data sources for creating quality reports from within the time-tested Access environment. The ability to store Access data in both Microsoft SQL Server as well as Microsoft Azure SQL gives you a world-class database plus SQL syntax for Access apps hosted either locally or in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Microsoft Office Access 365 now comes with an improved Linked Table Manager, lets you include a wealth of new charts and reports, and enables you to link or import data from Saleforce and Microsoft Dynamics 365. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Access development and troubleshooting expertise.
Office 365 Publisher, offered exclusively on Windows PCs, is a popular entry-level desktop publishing system that leverages the familiar Microsoft Office interface to provide an intuitive platform for creating and sharing professional-looking documents such as datasheets and white papers that call for exact image placement control. Since publications can be saved to the cloud, you can distribute a document simply by providing a link. Publisher's wide use and ease of use allow you to hit deadlines on time-critical jobs without needing depend on the availability of a desktop publishing guru for making eleventh-hour edits.
Office 365 Cloud Services
Office 365 cloud services enable organizations to take advantage of Microsoft's extensive cloud infrastructure to host business-critical servers like Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business. These services provide enterprise-class levels of reliability and protection while reducing the substantial investment costs and management effort required for setting up and maintaining robust on-premises computer facilities. For situations that call for some servers to be kept on-premises for regulatory compliance, performance, or other issues, the majority of Office 365 server platforms can be implemented with hybrid architectures that seamlessly combine on-premises and cloud-hosted infrastructure.
Office 365 Exchange Online offers email hosting and supports user mailbox sizes from 50 Gbytes to whatever you can afford. Important features include custom domain addresses (name@your≠company.com), shared calendars and address books, a web version of Outlook, single-click archiving, and simple-to-create collaboration groups. The web-accessible Exchange admin center lets you manage email configurations for your organization and provides complete control over critical areas such as user rights, security and compliance, mail flow, creating mailboxes and imposing limits, collaboration, contact lists, Unified Messaging, monitoring, and backup/recovery. Find out about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online integration and administration consulting.
Smart calendaring in Exchange Online can capture events like flights and reservations from email
Office 365 OneDrive is Microsoft's popular file sync and sharing platform. Office 365 bundles usually include 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, enabling you to save, retrieve, and share files across Windows, Mac, or iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. By transparently synchronizing your files to your desktop, OneDrive allows you to modify documents even when you are offline. OneDrive simplifies sharing and collaboration, tracking all changes to avoid inconsistency issues. You can initiate a co-authoring project on any computer and move smoothly to a different device at your convenience. For enhanced collaboration, an array of tools permit you to notate and highlight shared documents. Powerful discovery tools help you to find files quickly, and tracking tools provide insights such as the number of people who viewed or shared a file.
Office 365 Skype for Business provides cloud-based IP voice, video, and conferencing. Online Plan 1 includes instant messaging, presence, VoIP, and video calling, plus federation and directory search. Online Plan 2 adds pre-scheduled and ad hoc conferencing with audio and video calling as well as screen and application sharing on Apple iOS and Android devices, Windows PCs, and Mac computers. For hybrid networks that combine an on-premises Skype for Business Server with Skype for Business Online services, you can deploy a cohesive solution via a Split Domain implementation. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Skype for Business planning and configuration consulting.
Office 365 SharePoint Online combines content management with intranet publishing to enable businesses to broadcast and share content and to facilitate collaboration. SharePoint's admin center now includes usage analysis, Message Center posts, and a Service Health dashboard designed to simplify management. In addition, you can now connect current team sites to Microsoft Office 365 Groups, enhancing SharePoint sites with group conversations, calendar, and Planner. Innovative capabilities to support cloud coexistence now include hybrid taxonomy and auditing plus an updated development architecture for creating SharePoint solutions on-premises, in hybrid implementations, and in Office 365. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online integration and development expertise.
Microsoft Office Teams is the successor of Skype for Business, providing a unified hub for meetings, contact lists, and information with persistent threaded chat, file sharing, and integrated IP voice and video conferencing. Microsoft has built the cloud infrastructure supporting Teams so it can provide faster conference join speeds than Skype for Business and to allow integration with Cognitive Services like text-to-voice, language translation, speech recognition, and AI. Progent can help you to try out Office 365 Teams to assess the benefits of utilizing this new collaboration technology.
Office 365 Yammer is a social network product intended to be used inside an organization and limited to clients who have a verified corporate email address. Postings can include files, web links, videos, PowerPoint presentations, and SharePoint pages. The Discovery connection helps you locate content that relates to your work or interests as indicated by the groups you belong to, discussions you participate in, and people you communicate with. You can find conversations, files, interest groups, followers, and other information related to a specific co-worker. Group Insights show you how activities such as publishing, viewing, and liking are trending historically. Notifications inform you about pertinent events such as updates in your groups, comments in your conversations, and new followers.
Office 365 Power BI is a set of online services integrated with Office 365 that allows you to create and share dashboards and custom management reports that provide real-time consolidated views into key facets of your business. Office 365 Power BI dashboards can consolidate information from a broad array of local and external sources such as Microsoft Excel, on-premises SQL Server Analysis Service, the Azure cloud, or popular sources like QuickBooks, Google Analytics and Salesforce. Dashboards and reports created by Power BI can be updated continually via data streaming. You can store and share your visualizations in the cloud using OneDrive. Power BI Online mobile applications are available for Windows computers as well as Apple iOS and Android smartphones. Find out about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Power BI Online integration consulting services.
How Progent's Cloud Experts Can Help You with Office 365 Solutions
For organizations looking for fast remote help from a top-tier Office 365 configuration consultant, Progent offers a comprehensive range of services including system architecture design, deployment, debugging, software development, administration, and training. Progent's Microsoft-certified integration consultants, Cisco-certified network infrastructure engineers, macOS and OS X integration support professionals, iPhone and iPad experts and Android integration experts can help you to enhance your network with Microsoft Office 365 products and services.
Progent's ProSight family of Remote Management and Monitoring Services
Progent provides a selection of budget-friendly, flat-rate managed services designed to enable small and medium-size organizations to utilize the same advanced IT solutions used by many of the world's top corporations. The ProSight line of network monitoring and management services covers all critical aspects of information technology such as email protection, threat defense based on machine leaning, cloud-based backup and disaster recovery, network infrastructure health monitoring, virtual server cloud hosting, and network resources documentation management. Find out more about Progent's remote management and monitoring services.
Get in Touch with Progent for Office 365 Integration and Support
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Public Cloud Integration Solutions from Progent
The choices available for public cloud services are expanding rapidly, making it hard for IT managers to select the optimum cloud strategy for their business. Progent has worked extensively assisting businesses ranging from startups to large enterprises to design, deploy, and maintain hybrid networks that integrate multiple cloud services from major public cloud providers. Progent's cloud integration consultants can help you to evaluate the relative advantages and shortcomings of different public cloud options and can help you create a cloud-centric or hybrid ecosystem that delivers maximum competitive value.
Public cloud products and services supported by Progent's consultants include:
Progent's Azure cloud planning and integration consultants can assist you with every stage of Microsoft Azure migration including requirements definition, prerequisites evaluation, system architecture, pre-production testing, implementation, centralized administration, performance tuning, license management, disaster recovery strategies, security policy enforcement, and compliance assessment. Progent can assist your IT staff to set up and troubleshoot firewalls and VPN connections so that your users can securely connect to Azure-based services, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting experts can help you integrate critical Microsoft technologies to run in the cloud including Microsoft Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and Skype for Business. Progent can also help your organization to set up a hybrid ecosystem that transparently integrates on-premises datacenters with Azure-based resources.
Microsoft allows you to create seamless hybrid networks that combine Office 365 and on-premises Exchange. This permits you to have some mailboxes hosted at your on-premises datacenter and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consulting team can assist you with any phase of planning, integrating and debugging your hybrid Office 365 solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver as-needed expertise to help you resolve challenging technical bottlenecks and also offer comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is completed on schedule and within budget. For more information about Progent's consulting expertise for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, visit Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's Amazon Web Services (AWS) planning and integration consultants can provide cost-effective online support to help companies to integrate Amazon AWS cloud services including Amazon EC2 for virtual machine hosting, Amazon S3 for scalable high-performance storage, and Glacier for value-priced archival storage. Progent can help your IT team with every aspect of Amazon AWS migration and troubleshooting including needs analysis, readiness assessment, architectural design, testing, configuration, centralized administration, performance optimization, licensing management, disaster recovery mechanisms, and security and compliance. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewall configuration and VPN connections and can help you deploy all-cloud or hybrid environments that efficiently integrate Amazon AWS services. Progent can provide occasional expertise or Progent can deliver comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing services to help you move efficiently to the Amazon AWS cloud platform.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service is an integrated collection of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to streamline their business processes by automating key sales activities such as listings, orders, shipments, inbound and outbound fulfillment, and reports. By leveraging Amazon's vast online ecosystem and automating their sales processes, merchants can expand their reach, lower their operating costs, accelerate response time to customers, and increase their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) consultants can collaborate with your development staff and provide programming, workflow integration, project management support, and mentoring to help you cut development time and costs and expedite your ROI.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform (GCP) integration consultants offer cost-effective remote and on-premises support to help businesses of any size to move any part of their critical IT resources to Google Cloud Platform services. This can save management hassle and hardware expense and allow the use of Google's state-of-the-art machine learning technology. Progent can help your IT team with every aspect of Google Cloud Platform integration including needs analysis, readiness assessment, system design, pilot testing, configuration, centralized administration, performance optimization, software license management, backup/restore mechanisms, and security strategies.