Office 365 is Microsoft's growing family of productivity software and cloud services provided on a monthly or annual subscription basis. Microsoft Office 365 applications and cloud services are offered in a variety of packages, called subscription plans, targeted at customers ranging from individual and households to global enterprises.
Most Microsoft Office 365 apps can be run on multiple devices such as Windows PCs, Macs, iPads, and iPhones and Android smartphones. These multi-device apps include Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. PC-only applications include Microsoft Access and Publisher. To accommodate users who have multiple computing devices, many packages allow you to install Office 365 apps on more than one device. For example, Office 365 Business and ProPlus bundles allow every included application to be installed on as many as five devices.
Office 365 applications need Internet connectivity for program installation, registration, account management, and updates. Most packages include a PC edition of Microsoft Office, which allows you to run applications offline, the same as with a legacy permanent Office license. When you go back online, your cloud-resident documents are automatically synchronized and updated. Office 365 cloud services include Exchange Online hosted email, Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business messaging and video conferencing, and OneDrive cloud-based storage and sharing. Office 365 cloud-based services need an online Internet connection.
Progent can provide fast and easy online access to consultants with expert knowledge of Microsoft, Mac, iOS, and Android technology. Progent can assist you to evaluate the numerous packages available with Office 365 and configure your information system with Office 365 so it delivers maximum competitive advantage. Progent can help you manage cross-platform networks that include Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS or OS X, and Linux technology. Progent can also assist you to deploy and maintain hybrid networks that seamlessly combine on-premises and cloud resources.
Core features of most Office 365 applications can be run on multiple devices
Office 365 Applications and Cloud-based Services
Microsoft Office 365 plans are available to serve a broad selection of users including businesses of all sizes, schools, state and local government, home and nonprofits. Some packages, such as Office 365 Business Essentials, includes no apps but only cloud services. Other plans, like Office 365 Business, offers applications but provides only the OneDrive cloud service. The high-end Office 365 Enterprise E5 package includes seven applications and seven cloud-based services. Progent's consultants can assist you to pick an Office 365 package that makes sense for your business, assist you to migrate from older versions of Office apps, and help you streamline the management of Office 365 and other system resources to create an efficient, secure and productive IT ecosystem.
Key Office 365 Applications
The most obvious distinction between Office 365 applications and their corresponding Office editions is that Office 365 apps are subscription based instead of sold. Also, permanently licensed Microsoft Office applications are supposed to be installed on only one device at a time and are not patched automatically or upgraded at no extra cost when a major new edition comes out. As an example, moving from Office Word 2013 to Word 2016 requires that you buy a whole new copy of Word. Incremental updates to Office apps are provided Office 365 subscribers sooner than to users of perpetually licensed editions. Also, Office suites purchased with a permanent license do not include any of the cloud services that are packaged with Office 365.
Applications available with various Office 365 subscription plans include:
Office 365 Word offers the ability to edit and view Office documents across Microsoft Windows, Google Android, Apple Mac, and iOS computers while maintaining a consistent look and feel. You can also co-author documents, find out which colleagues are working on various shared documents, and observe updates made by team members in real time. As with Office 365 Excel and Office 365 PowerPoint, you can easily share from within your documents. In addition, you can check who has rights to view or edit a specific document and who is now working on the document. For your own documents, you can easily modify authoring rights. Find out about Progent's Office 365 Word consulting and training expertise.
Office 365 Excel permits subscribers to use the powerful Exponential Smoothing (ETS) algorithm to build forecast charts for projecting future trends based on past data. New linked data types that are tied to online sources in real time include Stock and Geography. Stock downloads the latest stock price, price change, and other stock market information. The Geography data type enables you to select a region and retrieve current demographic or economic information like population or gas costs. As with Office 365 Word and Office 365 PowerPoint, Office 365 Excel also can handle Scalable Vector Graphics images. These can be turned, colored, and scaled instantly with no loss in image quality. Find out about Progent's Office 365 Excel consulting and training services.
Microsoft Office 365 Excel introduces new data types such as Stock and Geography that link to online databases
Office 365 PowerPoint supports three dimensional models and features an enhanced library of animation effects like swinging and rotating. As with Office Excel and Word, Office 365 PowerPoint allows you to transform sketches into uniform shapes for flow charts, diagrams, and other objects. Office 365 PowerPoint for Mac adds the capability to embed and edit movies from inside PowerPoint. The Media Browser offers easy access to a broad selection of media sources like iPhoto galleries, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections as well as standard shapes, Clip Art, and other graphics.
Office 365 Outlook provides important improvements to previous versions of the Outlook email client application by adding features such as the focused Inbox, transparent downloading of OneDrive cloud attachments, visibility of replies to a meeting request for people who are not meeting organizers, simplified email organizing, plus easier group creation and calendar sharing. Also, 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 a different meeting schedule in response to a meeting request, and multiple calendar display. Full Screen Mode allows multiple open messages and permits users to run two Outlook instances in split-screen view. Find out about Progent's Office 365 Outlook and Outlook on the web consulting and training 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 free mobile application. The earlier OneNote 2016 release, which includes features not initially provided in OneNote for Windows 10 such as Record Video, is still available at no cost but is no longer being updated with new features. OneNote for Windows 10 introduces a fresh configurable interface common for Windows 10, Apple Mac, iOS, Google Android, and Web. Other features offered only on OneNote for Windows 10 include improved ink-to-text capability, a notification center that indicates changes in open and recent notebooks, automatic transformation of freehand drawings into standardized shapes, and a virtual ruler to draw straight lines and measure distance.
Office 365 Access, available only on PCs, enables you to use VBA and an extensive library of templates to automate business processes and build advanced forms and management reports. Office 365 Access includes the connector library to integrate data from a wide selection of leading business apps and data sources for generating quality reports from within the familiar Access environment. Support for storing Access data in both Microsoft SQL Server as well as Azure SQL provides an enterprise-class database plus SQL syntax for Access apps hosted either locally or in the Azure cloud. Microsoft Office Access 365 now comes with an improved Linked Table Manager, allows you to add new forms and reports, and enables you to link or extract data from Saleforce and Microsoft Dynamics 365. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Access development and troubleshooting expertise.
Office 365 Publisher, available exclusively on PCs, is a leading entry-level desktop publishing system that leverages the familiar Microsoft Office interface to deliver an intuitive program for creating and sharing modern-looking publications like mailers and white papers that call for precise object placement control. Since documents can be stored in the cloud, you can distribute a document as easily as providing a link. Publisher's popularity and ease of use allow you to meet deadlines on time-sensitive projects without needing rely on instant access to a desktop publishing guru for making eleventh-hour changes.
Office 365 Cloud Services
Office 365 cloud services allow organizations to leverage Microsoft's vast cloud resources to host mission-critical servers such as Exchange, Teams and Skype for Business. This provides enterprise-class levels of availability and security while reducing the substantial investment costs and management hassle required for deploying and maintaining self-sufficient on-premises datacenters. For cases that call for some systems to be located on-premises for compliance, performance, or other reasons, most Office 365 server products can be implemented with hybrid architectures that transparently support on-premises and cloud resources.
Office 365 Exchange Online offers email hosting and supports mailbox capacity ranging from 50 Gbytes to unlimited. Important features include custom domain addresses (email@example.com), shareable calendars and address books, a web version of Outlook, single-click archiving, and easy creation of collaboration groups. The web-accessible Exchange admin center allows you to manage email configurations for your organization and gives you complete control over critical areas such as permissions, cybersecurity, mail flow, creating mailboxes and imposing limits, collaboration, contact lists, Unified Messaging, monitoring, and backup/recovery. Find out about Progent's Office 365 Exchange Online integration and administration consulting.
Advanced calendaring in Exchange Online can extract events such as flights and reservations from email
Office 365 OneDrive is Microsoft's popular file sync and share service. Office 365 subscription plans typically come with 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, allowing you to store, access, and share data across Windows, Mac, or iOS and Android devices. By transparently synchronizing your files to your desktop, OneDrive allows you to revise documents even when you are not connected to the Internet. OneDrive simplifies sharing and co-editing, keeping track all changes to avoid versioning issues. You can begin a co-authoring project on any device and switch seamlessly to a different device at your convenience. For advanced collaboration, an array of utilities allow you to annotate and highlight documents. Powerful search tools allow you to locate files fast, and analysis tools provide useful information such as the number of people who viewed or shared a file.
Office 365 Skype for Business Online provides cloud-based voice, video, and conferencing. Online Plan 1 includes instant messaging, presence, VoIP, and video calling, plus federation and directory search. Online Plan 2 includes pre-scheduled and ad hoc conferencing with audio and video calling plus screen and app sharing on Apple iOS and Android devices, Windows PCs, and Apple Mac computers. For hybrid environments that combine a local Skype for Business Server with Skype for Business Online services, you can create a cohesive solution using a Split Domain implementation. Find out about Progent's Office 365 Skype for Business planning and configuration expertise.
Office 365 SharePoint Online integrates content management with intranet publishing to allow organizations to broadcast and share information and to promote collaboration. The SharePoint admin center now includes interactive usage analysis, Message Center updates, and a Service Health dashboard designed to simplify administrative tasks. Also, you are able to link up-to-date SharePoint team sites to Microsoft Office 365 Groups, enhancing your existing SharePoint sites with group discussions, calendar, and project planning. Features to support cloud integration now include hybrid taxonomy and auditing as well as an enhanced 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 integration and development services.
Office Teams is the successor of Skype for Business, providing a single hub for discussions, contacts, and information with persistent threaded chat, file sharing, plus built-in voice and video conferencing. Microsoft has built the cloud environment that hosts Teams so it can provide quicker meeting join times than Skype for Business and to enable integration with Cognitive Services such as text-to-voice, language translation, speech recognition, and AI. Progent's consultants can assist you to test Microsoft Office 365 Teams to assess the advantages of utilizing this innovative collaboration platform. Find out more about Progent's Microsoft Teams solution design expertise.
Office 365 Yammer is a social network platform designed to be used within an enterprise and limited to users who have a verified corporate email address. Postings can include files, web links, media, PowerPoint presentations, and SharePoint pages. The Discovery connection makes it easy to find information that relates to your work or interests as shown based on groups you have joined, discussions you contribute to, and people you communicate with. You can find discussions, files, groups, followers, and other items related to a given colleague. Group Insights show you how activities such as publishing, viewing, and liking are trending over time. Notifications alert you about relevant events such as new postings in your groups, input to your discussions, and new followers.
Office 365 Power BI is a stack of cloud services integrated with Office 365 that enables businesses to create sharable dashboards and custom reports that offer up-to-date insights into key areas of your business. Office 365 Power BI dashboards can aggregate information from a broad array of internal and outside sources such as Excel, on-premises 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 OneDrive. Power BI Online mobile apps are offered for Windows devices as well as Apple iOS and Android smartphones. Find out about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Power BI Online design and development consulting and training.
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Office 365 Solutions
For businesses looking for quick online access to a top-tier Office 365 configuration consultant, Progent offers a full sele3ction of services including system architecture design, configuration, troubleshooting, software development, management, and education. Progent's Microsoft-qualified support consultants, Cisco-certified network infrastructure experts, macOS and OS X integration support professionals, iOS technology consultants and Android consultants can assist you to enhance your information network with Microsoft Office 365 products and services.
Progent's ProSight family of Remote Management and Monitoring (RMM) Services
Progent offers a selection of low-cost, flat-rate services designed to allow small and medium-size organizations to benefit from the same advanced IT solutions used by some of the world's leading enterprises. The ProSight line of network monitoring and management services covers all key facets of information technology such as email protection, security and compliance, automated backup/recovery, network infrastructure health monitoring, virtual server cloud hosting, and network 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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Cloud Integration Solutions from Progent
The choices available for public cloud products and services are increasing rapidly, making it a serious challenge for IT managers to select the best cloud strategy for their organization. Progent has in-depth experience helping businesses of all sizes to design, deploy, and maintain hybrid networks that combine multiple cloud services from major public cloud providers. Progent's cloud integration consultants can assist you to assess the relative advantages and pitfalls of different public cloud offerings and can show you how to create a cloud-centric or hybrid network that provides maximum business value.
Public cloud products supported by Progent's consultants include:
Progent's Azure cloud planning and integration consultants can assist you with any stage of Microsoft Azure integration including needs definition, prerequisites assessment, solution design, pilot testing, implementation, centralized management, performance tuning, license management, disaster recovery strategies, security policy enforcement, and compliance assessment. Progent can help your IT staff to set up and troubleshoot firewall appliances and VPN tunnels so your users can securely connect to Azure-based services, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting experts can assist you set up key Microsoft platforms to work in Azure including Windows Server, Exchange, SQL and Skype for Business. Progent can also help you to create a hybrid environment that transparently combines on-premises datacenters with Azure resources.
Microsoft supports seamless hybrid environments that integrate Office 365 and on-premises Exchange deployments. This allows you to have certain mailboxes located at your physical datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consultants can help you with any facet of designing, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365 network. Progent's Exchange consultants can deliver occasional support to help you resolve challenging technical issues and also can provide extensive project management outsourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange initiative is successfully completed on time and on budget. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, see Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's Amazon Web Services (AWS) integration consultants offer affordable online support to assist companies of any size to access Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services such as Amazon EC2 for virtual machine hosting, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for scalable high-performance storage, and Amazon Glacier for low-cost archival storage. Progent can assist you with every phase of Amazon AWS integration including needs analysis, preparedness evaluation, architectural design and review, pilot testing, deployment, administration, performance optimization, licensing management, backup/restore solutions, and security. Progent can provide advanced expertise with firewalls and VPN access and can help you create cloud-based or hybrid environments that seamlessly integrate Amazon AWS services. Progent can provide occasional consulting or Progent can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing services to help you move efficiently 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 functions such as listings, orders, shipments, fulfillment, and finances. By tapping into Amazon's vast online ecosystem and automating their sales, merchants can broaden their market, reduce their cost of sales, improve reaction time to customers, and increase their profits. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) consultants can collaborate with your development staff and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and training so you can shorten development time and speed up your return on investment.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform (GCP) integration consultants offer affordable online and onsite consulting to assist organizations of any size to migrate any portion of their critical IT resources to Google Cloud Platform services. This can save time and hardware expense and allow access to Google's cutting edge machine learning tools. Progent can assist you with every phase of Google Cloud Platform migration and troubleshooting including needs analysis, readiness evaluation, system design, testing, deployment, administration, performance tuning, licensing management, backup/restore solutions, and security and compliance.