Office 365 is Microsoft's expanding family of productivity applications and cloud services offered on a monthly or annual subscription basis. Microsoft Office 365 applications and cloud services are offered in a variety of packages, known as subscription plans, targeted at markets ranging from students and households to global corporations.
Most Office 365 applications can be deployed on multiple devices including Windows PCs, Apple Macs, iPads, and smartphones. These multi-device applications include Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. PC-only applications include Access for database management and Office Publisher. To address users with multiple computing devices, many Office 365 subscription plans allow you to put Office 365 applications on more than one device. For example, Office 365 Business and ProPlus bundles permit every Office application to be run on as many as five devices.
Office 365 applications need Internet access for program installation, activation, account management, and patching. Most plans include a PC edition of Microsoft Office, which allows you to run programs offline, the same as with a legacy perpetual Microsoft Office license. When you return, your cloud-hosted files are automatically synchronized and updated. Office 365 cloud services include Exchange Online hosted email, Skype for Business web conferencing, and OneDrive cloud-based storage and sharing. All Office 365 cloud services need an active online connection.
Progent can provide fast and easy online access to a support consultant with expert knowledge of Microsoft, Mac, Apple iOS, and Google Android products. Progent can assist you to understand the many options available with Office 365 and integrate your IT network with Office 365 so it delivers maximum business advantage. Progent can help you manage cross-platform networks that include Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS or OS X, and Linux technology. Progent can also help you to deploy and maintain hybrid environments that seamlessly integrate local and cloud-based infrastructure.
Key features of most Office 365 apps can be run on multiple devices
Microsoft Office 365 Applications and Cloud-based Services
Office 365 packages are designed to serve a wide range of markets such as businesses, education, government, and home. Some plans, like Office 365 Business Essentials, includes no applications but only Azure-based services. Other plans, such as Office 365 Business, offers apps but provides only the OneDrive cloud service. The high-end Office 365 Enterprise E5 subscription plan includes seven apps and seven cloud services. Progent's consultants can help your organization to pick an Office 365 plan that makes sense for your business, assist you to migrate from outdated versions of Microsoft Office apps, and help you unify the management of Office 365 and other system resources to create a cost-effective, protected and productive IT environment.
Popular Office 365 Apps
The obvious difference between Office 365 apps and their related Microsoft Office versions is that Office 365 apps are rented rather than sold. In addition, traditionally licensed Office applications are allowed to be installed on only a single device and are not patched automatically or upgraded at no extra cost when a major new version is released. For example, upgrading from Office Word 2013 to Word 2016 requires you to purchase a new license for Word. Minor updates to Office applications are provided Office 365 users faster than to owners of perpetually licensed versions. Also, Office suites bought with a permanent license do not include any of the Azure-based services that are included with Office 365.
Apps offered with various Office 365 packages include:
Office 365 Word offers the ability to write and view Office documents across Windows, Android, Apple Mac, and iOS devices while presenting a common look and feel. You can also share Office documents, see which team members are editing various shared projects, and see changes made by team members in real time. Just as with Office 365 Excel and Office 365 PowerPoint, you can instantly share from within your documents. Additionally, you can review who has rights to view or edit a given document and who is now working on the document. For documents you own, you can quickly change authoring rights. Learn about Progent's Office 365 Word consulting and training services.
Office 365 Excel permits you to use the standard Exponential Smoothing algorithm to build forecasts for predicting future trends using past data. New data types that access remote sources in real time include Stock and Geography. The Stock data type retrieves the latest stock price, price change, and other equities information. The Geography data type allows you to select a region and extract current online demographic or economic data like population or gas costs. As with Office 365 Word and PowerPoint, Office 365 Excel also can handle Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) files. These can be rotated, colored, and resized instantly without any loss in image quality. Find out about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Excel consulting services.
Microsoft Office 365 Excel introduces new data types such as Stock and Geography that link to online data
Office 365 PowerPoint supports 3D models and features an expanded selection of animation functions like swinging and turning. Like Microsoft Office Excel and Office Word, Office 365 PowerPoint allows you to convert sketches into uniform shapes for charts, diagrams, and other objects. Office 365 PowerPoint for Mac adds the ability to incorporate and format movies from inside PowerPoint. The Media Browser offers convenient access to a broad selection of media sources including iPhoto galleries, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries as well as standard shapes, Clip Art, and other graphical content.
Office 365 Outlook provides important enhancements to prior versions of the Outlook email and calendar application by introducing useful features such as audio cues, automatic downloading of OneDrive cloud attachments, display responses to a conference request for people other than conference organizers, streamlined email sorting, plus easier group creation and calendar sharing. Additionally, Office 365 Outlook subscribers can have their messages read out loud while the segments being read are visibly highlighted. Microsoft's Office intelligent services, when activated, also allows Office 365 Outlook clients to dictate emails. Office 365 Outlook for Mac includes push email, online archiving, the ability to suggest an alternative meeting schedule in answer to a meeting request, and multiple calendar visibility. Full Screen Mode allows multiple open emails and enables subscribers to run two Outlook sessions in split-screen. Learn about Progent's Office 365 Outlook and Outlook on the web configuration and troubleshooting expertise.
Office 365 OneNote for Windows 10 is included in the majority of Office 365 product bundles, pre-installed in Windows 10, and available for download as a free mobile application. The earlier OneNote 2016 release, which has some features not at first provided in OneNote for Windows 10 likes Record Video, is still available for free but is not being updated. OneNote for Windows 10 introduces a new customizable GUI common across Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android, and Web. Other features available only on OneNote for Windows 10 include improved ink-to-text capability, a notification center that shows changes in open and recently used notebooks, automatic transformation of drawings into standardized shapes, and a digital ruler to draw straight lines and measure distance.
Office 365 Access, offered only on PCs, enables you to utilize Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and a rich library of templates to streamline business operations and create modern-looking forms and management reports. Office 365 Access comes with the connector library to integrate data from a broad selection of popular business applications and data sources for generating quality reports from within the time-tested Access interface. Support for storing Access data in both Microsoft SQL Server as well as Azure SQL gives you an enterprise-class database plus SQL syntax for Access apps deployed either locally or in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Microsoft Office Access 365 now comes with an enhanced Linked Table Manager, lets you include a wealth of new forms and management reports, and enables you to link or import data from Saleforce and Microsoft Dynamics 365. Learn about Progent's Office 365 Access development and troubleshooting expertise.
Office 365 Publisher, offered exclusively on PCs, is a leading user-friendly desktop publishing tool that takes advantage of the familiar Microsoft Office environment to deliver an easy-to-use program for developing and sharing modern-looking documents like mailers and white papers that call for exact object placement control. Since publications can be stored in the cloud, you can deliver a document as easily as providing a link. Publisher's popularity and simplicity allow you to hit deadlines on time-critical jobs without having to depend on the availability of a desktop publishing professional for implementing last-minute changes.
Office 365 Cloud Services
Office 365 cloud services enable organizations to leverage Microsoft's extensive cloud resources to host business-critical servers such as Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business. These services provide enterprise-class levels of reliability and protection while reducing the significant upfront expense and management effort required for setting up and supporting self-sufficient local computer facilities. For cases that call for some servers to be kept onsite for compliance, performance, or other issues, the majority of Office 365 virtual server products can be implemented using hybrid network models that transparently support local and cloud-hosted infrastructure.
Office 365 Exchange Online offers email hosting and allows user mailbox capacity from 50 GB to unlimited. Key features include custom email domain addresses (name@your≠company.com), shared calendars and contacts, the Outlook Web app, single-click archiving, and easy creation of collaboration groups. The web-accessible Exchange admin center lets you manage email settings for your company and provides full control over critical areas such as permissions, security and compliance, mail flow, creating mailboxes and imposing limits, team work, contact lists, Voice mail, monitoring and reporting, and backup. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online integration and management consulting.
Advanced calendaring in Office Exchange Online can capture events such as flights and bookings from email
Office 365 OneDrive is Microsoft's popular file sync and share service. Office 365 packages typically include 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, allowing you to store, retrieve, and share files across Windows, Mac, or iOS and Android devices. By transparently synchronizing your files to your desktop, OneDrive allows you to edit documents even when you are not connected to the Internet. OneDrive simplifies sharing and co-editing, tracking all changes to prevent versioning issues. You can begin a co-authoring project on any computer and move seamlessly to a different computer at your convenience. For enhanced collaboration, an array of tools permit you to notate and highlight shared documents. Advanced discovery features help you to find files fast, and analysis tools provide insights such as the number of people who saw or shared a document.
Office 365 Skype for Business Online provides cloud-hosted voice, HD video, and conferencing. Online Plan 1 includes IM, real-time presence, VoIP, and video calling, plus Skype Connectivity. Online Plan 2 adds pre-scheduled and ad hoc conferencing with A/V calling plus screen and app sharing on Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets, PCs, and Apple Mac computers. For hybrid environments that integrate a local Skype for Business Server with Skype for Business Online cloud services, you can deploy a seamless solution via a Split Domain implementation. Find out about Progent's Office 365 Skype for Business Online solution design and configuration expertise.
Office 365 SharePoint Online combines content management with intranet publishing to allow organizations to distribute and share information and to facilitate collaboration. 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 can link up-to-date SharePoint team sites to Office 365 Groups, enhancing SharePoint sites with group conversations, schedules, and project planning. Innovative capabilities to support cloud coexistence now include hybrid taxonomy and hybrid auditing as well as an updated client-side development architecture for creating SharePoint solutions on-premises, in hybrid implementations, and in Microsoft Office 365. Find out about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online configuration and development services.
Microsoft Office Teams is the future of Skype for Business, providing a unified portal for conversations, contact lists, and information with persistent chat, file sharing, and integrated voice and video conferencing. Microsoft has designed the cloud environment that hosts Teams to provide quicker conference join times than Skype for Business and to enable integration with Cognitive Services like text-to-voice, language translation, speech recognition, and machine learning. Progent's consultants can assist you to test Office 365 Teams to evaluate the benefits of utilizing this next-generation collaboration technology.
Office 365 Yammer is a social network product designed to be used inside an organization and limited to users who have a valid corporate email address. Postings can be files, web links, videos, PowerPoint shows, and SharePoint pages. The Discovery connection helps you find information that relates to your job or interests as indicated by the groups you have joined, discussions you follow, and colleagues you interact with. You can find discussions, files, interest groups, followers, and other items associated with a particular colleague. Group Insights show you how events like posting, reading, and liking are trending historically. Notifications tell you about relevant activity like new postings in your groups, comments in your conversations, and new participants.
Office 365 Power BI is a stack of online services compatible with Microsoft Office 365 that allows you to build sharable dashboards and on-demand reports that provide real-time consolidated views into key aspects of your business. Microsoft Office 365 Power BI dashboards can aggregate data from a broad array of local and outside sources such as Microsoft Excel, in-house SQL Server Analysis Service, Azure, or popular sources such as Zendesk, Google Analytics and Salesforce. Dashboards and reports created by Power BI can be refreshed in real time via data streaming. You can store and share your visualizations in the cloud using OneDrive. Power BI mobile apps are offered for Windows computers plus Apple iOS and Android smartphones. Find out about Progent's Office 365 Power BI Online development expertise.
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Office 365 Solutions
For organizations who need fast online access to a top-tier Office 365 configuration expert, Progent offers a comprehensive range of support services such as solution design, deployment, troubleshooting, software development, administration, and education. Progent's Microsoft-certified integration professionals, Cisco-certified network infrastructure experts, macOS and OS X technology experts, iPhone and iPad experts and Android smartphone consultants can assist you to integrate your network with Office 365 products and services.
Progent's ProSight family of Remote Management and Monitoring Services
Progent provides a selection of affordable, fixed-price managed services designed to allow small and mid-size organizations to utilize the same cutting-edge IT solutions deployed by many of the world's leading enterprises. The ProSight suite of network monitoring and management services addresses all key areas of modern networking including email content filtering, threat defense based on machine leaning, automated backup/recovery, infrastructure management, VM cloud hosting, and IT resources 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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Public Cloud Integration Services from Progent
The options offered for public cloud products and services are increasing continually, making it hard for information system managers to select the optimum cloud solution for their business. Progent has in-depth experience helping companies of all sizes to plan, implement, and maintain hybrid environments that combine various cloud products and services from major public cloud providers. Progent's cloud integration consultants can help you to evaluate the comparative advantages and shortcomings of different public cloud offerings and can help you create a cloud-based or hybrid network that provides maximum business value.
Public cloud products supported by Progent's consultants include:
Progent's Azure cloud planning and integration experts can assist you with every aspect of Microsoft Azure migration including requirements analysis, readiness assessment, solution architecture, pilot testing, deployment, automated administration, performance optimization, software license management, disaster recovery strategies, security policy enforcement, and compliance assessment. Progent can help your IT staff to configure and debug firewalls and VPN tunnels so your users can securely connect to Azure services, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting experts can assist you set up key Microsoft technologies to run in the cloud including Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL and Skype for Business. Progent can also help your organization to set up a hybrid environment that seamlessly combines on-premises datacenters with Azure resources.
Microsoft allows you to create transparent hybrid ecosystems that integrate Office 365 and on-premises installations of Exchange. This allows you to have specific Exchange mailboxes located on your physical datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consultants can assist you with any facet of designing, implementing and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365/Exchange network. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide occasional expertise to help you through stubborn technical problems and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is successfully completed on time and on budget. For details about Progent's online consulting support for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, see Office 365 Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's Amazon AWS planning and integration consultants can provide affordable online support to help companies to integrate Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services such as Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for virtual server hosting, Amazon S3 for expandable cloud storage, and Amazon Glacier for value-priced archival storage. Progent can assist your IT team with every phase of Amazon AWS migration and troubleshooting including requirements analysis, readiness assessment, system design and review, testing, deployment, centralized administration, performance optimization, licensing management, disaster recovery solutions, and security strategies. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewalls and VPN technology and can help you deploy cloud-based or hybrid environments that efficiently integrate Amazon AWS resources. Progent can provide as-needed consulting or Progent can deliver project management outsourcing or co-sourcing services to help you move smoothly to the Amazon AWS cloud.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) is an integrated library of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to improve the efficiency of their business processes by automating key sales functions such as listings, orders, payments, fulfillment, and finances. By tapping into Amazon's extensive online ecosystem and automating their sales processes, vendors can broaden their market, reduce their cost of sales, improve response time to customers, and add to their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service consultants can collaborate with your development team and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and training to help you shorten development time and get to market quickly.