Office 365 is Microsoft's growing line of client productivity software and cloud-based services provided on a subscription basis. Microsoft Office 365 applications and Azure services are available in a selection of bundles, known as subscription plans, aimed at markets ranging from students and households to global enterprises.
Most Microsoft Office 365 apps can be deployed on a variety of devices including PCs, Apple Macs, iPads, and iPhones and Android smartphones. These multi-device applications include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. PC-only applications include Microsoft Access for database management and Publisher. To address individuals with multiple computing devices, many subscription plans permit you to install Office 365 applications on several devices. For example, Office 365 Business and ProPlus bundles permit every Office application to be installed on up to five customer devices.
Office 365 applications need Internet connectivity for downloading, activation, account control, and patching. The majority of plans include a PC version of Microsoft Office, which enables you to use programs offline, just as with a traditional permanent Microsoft Office license. When you return, your cloud-resident files are automatically synchronized and updated. Office 365 cloud-based services include Exchange Online hosted email, Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business IM and video conferencing, and OneDrive cloud storage and collaboration. Office 365 cloud services need an active online Internet connection.
Progent can provide fast and affordable remote access to consultants with expert knowledge of Microsoft, Mac, Apple iOS, and Android technology. Progent can assist you to understand the numerous options available with Office 365 and integrate your information system with Office 365 so it delivers maximum business value. Progent supports cross-platform networks that include Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS or OS X, and Linux technology. Progent can also assist you to create and maintain hybrid environments that seamlessly integrate local and cloud-based infrastructure.
Key features of most Office 365 applications can be run on multiple computers and devices
Office 365 Applications and Cloud-based Services
Microsoft Office 365 subscription plans are designed to serve a broad selection of markets such as businesses, schools, state and local government, and home. Some plans, like Office 365 Business Essentials, includes no applications but only cloud services. Others, like Office 365 Business, includes apps but provides only the OneDrive cloud-based service. The high-end Office 365 Enterprise E5 bundle includes seven apps and seven cloud services. Progent's consultants can help your organization to pick an Office 365 package that's right for your business, help you to migrate from older editions of Microsoft Office apps, and show you how to streamline the management of Office 365 and other system resources to build a cost-effective, secure and reliable IT environment.
Major Office 365 Apps
The obvious difference between Office 365 apps and their related Microsoft Office editions is that Office 365 apps are rented instead of perpetually licensed. Also, traditionally licensed Office apps are allowed to be run on just one PC or Mac and are not patched automatically or replaced at no extra cost when a major version comes out. For example, upgrading from Office Word 2013 to Word 2016 requires that you purchase a brand new copy of Word. Minor releases of Office titles are provided Office 365 subscribers sooner than to users of permanently licensed editions. Also, Office suites bought with a perpetual license do not come with the cloud services bundled with Office 365.
Applications available with different Office 365 packages include:
Office 365 Word introduces the ability to edit and review Office files across Windows, Google Android, Mac, and iOS computers while presenting a consistent look and user experience. You can also share Office documents, find out which colleagues are working on various shared projects, and see updates made by team members as they happen. As with Office 365 Excel and PowerPoint, you can instantly share from within your documents. Additionally, you can review who has rights to view or edit a specific document and who is currently working on the document. For your own documents, you can easily change authoring permissions. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Word consulting expertise.
Office 365 Excel now allows subscribers to employ the powerful Exponential Smoothing algorithm to build forecast charts for projecting future trends based on past data. New linked data types that are tied to remote databases include Stock and Geography. The Stock data type downloads the current stock price, price change, and other stock market information. Geography enables you to designate a region and extract specified demographic or economic data like population or gas costs. As in the case of Office 365 Word and Office 365 PowerPoint, Office 365 Excel also can handle Scalable Vector Graphics files. These images can be turned, colored, and resized instantaneously without any loss in quality. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Excel consulting and training expertise.
Office 365 Excel introduces new data types like Stock and Geography that link to online databases
Office 365 PowerPoint supports 3D objects and includes an enhanced library of animation functions such as swinging and turning. Like Office Excel and Word, Office 365 PowerPoint enables you to transform sketches into standard shapes for flow charts, diagrams, and other objects. Office 365 PowerPoint for Mac adds the ability to embed and edit movies from within PowerPoint. PowerPoint's Media Browser utility offers convenient access to a broad range of media sources including iPhoto galleries, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus standard shapes, Clip Art, and other graphical content.
Office 365 Outlook provides important improvements to prior versions of the Outlook email client app by adding features like audio cues, automatic downloading of OneDrive attachments, display responses to a conference invitation for people who are not conference organizers, streamlined email sorting, plus easier group creation and calendar sharing. Additionally, Office 365 Outlook subscribers can have their messages read aloud as the segments being read are visibly highlighted. Office intelligent services, when enabled, also allows Office 365 Outlook subscribers 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 permits multiple open emails and enables users to run two Outlook sessions in split-screen view. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Outlook and Outlook on the web consulting and training expertise.
Office 365 OneNote for Windows 10 is incorporated in the majority of Office 365 packages, pre-installed in Windows 10, and available for download as a free mobile application. The earlier OneNote 2016 version, which has some features not initially available in OneNote for Windows 10 likes Record Video, continues to be available at no cost but is no longer being updated. OneNote for Windows 10 introduces a fresh customizable interface consistent across Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android, and Web. Other features available exclusively on OneNote for Windows 10 include enhanced ink-to-text, an alert center that indicates changes in open and recently used notebooks, automatic transformation of drawings into standardized shapes, and a digital ruler to create straight lines and make measurements.
Office 365 Access, available exclusively on PCs, enables you to use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and an extensive set of templates to automate business processes and create advanced forms and reports. Office 365 Access comes with the connector library to extract data from a broad selection 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 Microsoft SQL Server as well as Microsoft Azure SQL provides an enterprise-class database and SQL syntax for Access apps hosted either locally or in the Azure cloud. Office Access 365 now comes with an improved Linked Table Manager, lets you include a wealth of new forms and management 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 services.
Office 365 Publisher, offered only for PCs, is a popular do-your-own desktop publishing tool that leverages the familiar Office environment to deliver an intuitive program for creating and sharing professional-looking publications such as mailers and white papers that call for precise object placement. Since documents can be saved to the cloud, you can distribute a document as easily as sending a link. Publisher's wide use and simplicity make it possible to meet deadlines on time-sensitive projects without needing rely on instant access to a desktop publishing specialist for implementing last-minute edits.
Office 365 Cloud Services
Office 365 cloud services allow organizations to leverage Microsoft's vast cloud infrastructure to host business-critical servers like Microsoft Exchange, Teams and Skype for Business. This provides enterprise-class levels of reliability and protection while saving the substantial upfront costs and management effort required for setting up and maintaining robust on-premises computer facilities. For cases that call for some servers to be kept onsite for compliance, performance, or other reasons, most Office 365 virtual server platforms can be implemented using hybrid architectures that transparently support on-premises and cloud-based resources.
Office 365 Exchange Online provides email hosting and supports mailbox sizes ranging from 50 Gbytes to whatever you can afford. Key features include custom domain addresses (email@example.com), shared calendars and contacts, the Outlook Web app, one-click archiving, and simple-to-create collaboration groups. The online Exchange admin center lets you control email settings for your organization and provides complete control over critical areas such as user rights, cybersecurity, mail flow, creating mailboxes and imposing limits, team work, address books, Unified Messaging, monitoring, and backup. Find out about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online integration and management consulting.
Advanced calendaring in Office Exchange Online can capture events like airline flights and bookings from email
Office 365 OneDrive is Microsoft's popular file sync and share service. Office 365 bundles usually include 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, enabling you to store, retrieve, and share data across Windows, Mac, or iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. By transparently syncing your files to your work station, OneDrive allows you to modify documents even when you are not connected to the Internet. OneDrive simplifies sharing and collaboration, keeping track all file updates to prevent inconsistency problems. You can begin a co-authoring project on any device and switch smoothly to a different computer at any time. For enhanced collaboration, a variety of tools allow you to notate and highlight documents. Advanced search tools allow you to locate files fast, and tracking tools provide insights such as the number of people who saw or shared a document.
Office 365 Skype for Business offers cloud-hosted voice, video, and conferencing. Online Plan 1 includes IM, presence, peer-to-peer VoIP, and HD video, plus Skype Connectivity. Online Plan 2 adds scheduled and ad hoc conferencing with audio and video calling as well as screen and app sharing on iOS and Google Android devices, Windows PCs, and Apple Mac computers. For hybrid networks that integrate a local Skype for Business Server with Skype for Business Online services, you can deploy a seamless environment using a Split Domain implementation. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Skype for Business Online solution design and integration expertise.
Office 365 SharePoint Online integrates content management with internal web publishing to enable businesses to broadcast and share information and to facilitate teamwork. The SharePoint admin center now includes interactive usage analysis, Message Center posts, and a Service Health dashboard intended to simplify management. In addition, you are able to now connect up-to-date team sites to Office 365 Groups, enhancing your existing SharePoint sites with group conversations, calendar, and project planning. Innovative capabilities to support cloud integration now include hybrid taxonomy and auditing plus an updated client-side development architecture for building SharePoint solutions locally, in hybrid deployments, and in Microsoft Office 365. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online configuration and development expertise.
Office Teams is the future of Skype for Business, providing a unified portal for discussions, contact lists, and content with persistent chat, file sharing, and integrated voice and video conferencing. Microsoft has built the cloud environment that hosts Teams to deliver quicker conference join times than Skype and to allow integration with Microsoft Cognitive Services like text-to-voice, language translation, speech recognition, and AI. Progent's consultants can assist you to test Microsoft Office 365 Teams to evaluate the benefits of migrating to this innovative communication technology. Learn more about Progent's Microsoft Teams migration expertise.
Office 365 Yammer is a social network platform intended to be used inside an enterprise and restricted to users with a valid company email address. Postings can include files, web links, media, PowerPoint presentations, and SharePoint content. The Discovery connection makes it easy to locate information relevant to your work or concerns as indicated by the groups you have joined, conversations you participate in, and colleagues you interact with. You can locate discussions, files, groups, followers, and other information related to a particular co-worker. Group Insights inform you how activities such as publishing, viewing, and liking are trending over time. Notifications inform you about relevant activity such as updates in your groups, comments in your conversations, and new participants.
Office 365 Power BI is a stack of online services integrated with Office 365 that enables you to build sharable dashboards and custom reports that provide up-to-date consolidated views into vital aspects of your business. Office 365 Power BI dashboards can consolidate information from multiple local and outside sources such as Microsoft Excel, in-house SQL Server Analysis Service, Azure, or popular sources like 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 using OneDrive. Native Power BI Online mobile applications are available for Windows devices as well as Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets. Learn about Progent's Office 365 Power BI Online development consulting services.
How Progent's Cloud Experts Can Assist You with Microsoft Office 365 Solutions
For businesses looking for quick online help from a high-level Office 365 configuration consultant, Progent can provide a comprehensive sele3ction of services such as solution architecture design, configuration, troubleshooting, application development, management, and training. Progent's Microsoft-certified support professionals, Cisco-certified network infrastructure experts, macOS and OS X integration consultants, iPhone and iPad experts and Android experts can assist you to integrate your information system with Microsoft Office 365 applications and services.
ProSight Remote Management and Monitoring (RMM) Services
Progent provides a family of low-cost, flat-rate services designed to allow small and mid-size businesses to utilize the same advanced IT solutions used by many of the world's leading enterprises. The ProSight series of IT management outsourcing services addresses all key facets of modern networking such as email content filtering, threat defense based on machine leaning, cloud-based backup and disaster recovery, network infrastructure management, VM hosting, and network resources documentation management. Find out more about Progent's remote management and monitoring (RMM) services.
Contact Progent for Office 365 Integration and Support
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Cloud Integration Services from Progent
The choices offered for public cloud services are expanding continually, making it difficult for IT managers to select the right cloud solution for their organization. Progent has in-depth experience helping businesses ranging from startups to large enterprises to plan, implement, and manage hybrid environments that combine multiple cloud services from leading public clouds. Progent's cloud integration experts can help you to understand the relative benefits and pitfalls of competing public cloud offerings and can help you create a cloud-based or hybrid network that delivers maximum business value.
Public cloud products supported by Progent's consultants include:
Progent's Microsoft Azure planning and integration consultants can help you with every phase of Microsoft Azure migration such as needs analysis, readiness assessment, solution architecture, pilot testing, implementation, centralized administration, performance optimization, software license controls, disaster recovery preparedness, security policy enforcement, and compliance assessment. Progent can assist you to set up 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 run in Azure including Microsoft Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and Skype for Business. Progent can also assist you to create a hybrid environment that seamlessly integrates physical datacenters with Azure-based resources.
Microsoft has made a strong effort to enable transparent hybrid networks that combine Office 365 and on-premises Exchange. This allows you to have certain mailboxes located on your on-premises datacenter and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consultants can help you with any phase of designing, implementing and debugging your hybrid Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver occasional support to help you resolve challenging technical problems and also offer extensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is carried out on time and on budget. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, refer to Office 365 Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's Amazon AWS cloud integration consultants offer affordable remote support to help businesses to access Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services such as Amazon EC2 for virtual machine hosting, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for expandable cloud storage, and Amazon Glacier for value-priced archival storage. Progent can assist you with every aspect of Amazon AWS migration and troubleshooting including requirements analysis, readiness assessment, system design and review, pilot testing, deployment, centralized administration, performance tuning, software license management, backup/restore solutions, and security and compliance. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewalls and VPN connections and can help you deploy all-cloud or hybrid networking models that seamlessly incorporate Amazon AWS resources. Progent offers as-needed consulting or Progent can deliver comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to help you move smoothly to the Amazon AWS platform.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service is a library of APIs that allows Amazon sellers to streamline their business processes by automating crucial sales functions such as listings, orders, shipments, inbound and outbound fulfillment, and finances. By leveraging Amazon's extensive online ecosystem and automating their sales processes, vendors can expand their market, lower their operating costs, accelerate response time to customers, and add to their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) developers 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 planning and integration consultants can provide affordable online and on-premises consulting to help organizations of any size to move any part of their core network resources to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). This can save time and hardware expense and allow access to Google's state-of-the-art AI and machine learning technology. Progent can assist you with every phase of Google Cloud Platform migration and troubleshooting including needs analysis, readiness assessment, system design, testing, deployment, centralized administration, performance optimization, licensing management, backup/restore mechanisms, and security and compliance.