Office 365 is Microsoft's growing line of productivity applications and cloud services offered on a subscription basis. Microsoft Office 365 apps and cloud services are offered in a selection of bundles, or subscription plans, aimed at markets ranging from students and households to major corporations.
The most popular Microsoft Office 365 applications can be installed on multiple computers including PCs, Apple Macs, tablets, and iPhones and Android smartphones. These multi-device applications include versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. PC-only apps include Microsoft Access for database management and Publisher. To accommodate individuals who have multiple computing devices, many Office 365 packages permit you to run Office 365 apps on several devices. As an example, Office 365 Business and ProPlus packages allow every included application to be run on as many as five devices.
Office 365 applications need Internet access for installation, registration, account management, and patching. The majority of subscription plans include a PC version of Microsoft Office, which allows you to run applications offline, just as with a traditional perpetual Office license. When you go back online, your cloud-hosted files are automatically synchronized. Office 365 cloud-based services include Exchange Online hosted email, Skype for Business online conferencing, and OneDrive cloud-hosted storage and collaboration. Office 365 cloud services need an online Internet connection.
Progent can provide quick and easy remote access to consultants with expert knowledge of Microsoft, Mac, Apple iOS, and Google Android software. Progent can assist you to evaluate the many options offered with Office 365 and integrate your IT system with Office 365 so it delivers the highest possible competitive advantage. Progent has experience supporting multi-vendor networks that include 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 infrastructure.
Core features of most Office 365 apps can be run on multiple devices
Office 365 Apps and Cloud-based Services
Microsoft Office 365 plans are available to serve a broad range of markets such as businesses of all sizes, education, government, and home. Some subscription plans, like Office 365 Business Essentials, includes no applications but only cloud services. Others, like Office 365 Business, includes apps but 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 help you to pick an Office 365 plan that's right for your situation, assist you to migrate from older editions of Microsoft Office applications, and show you how to centralize the management of Office 365 and other system resources to create a cost-effective, protected and reliable IT ecosystem.
Popular Office 365 Applications
The obvious distinction between Office 365 applications and their associated Office releases is that Office 365 apps are rented instead of perpetually licensed. In addition, traditionally licensed Office apps are allowed to be run on only one device and are not updated automatically or replaced at no extra cost when a major edition is released. As an example, moving from Word 2013 to Word 2016 requires you to purchase a brand new copy of Word. Minor releases of Microsoft Office apps are provided Office 365 users faster than to users of permanently licensed editions. Also, Office suites bought with a perpetual license do not include the cloud services bundled with Office 365.
Applications offered with different Office 365 packages include:
Office 365 Word includes the ability to write and view Office files across Microsoft Windows, Android, Apple Mac, and iOS computers while maintaining a consistent look and user experience. You can also co-author Office documents, find out which team members are editing various shared projects, and see changes made by others as they happen. As with Office 365 Excel and Office 365 PowerPoint, you can instantly share without leaving your documents. Additionally, you can check who has permission to access a specific document and who is now working on the document. For your own documents, you can quickly change edit permissions. Learn about Progent's Office 365 Word consulting and training services.
Office 365 Excel now allows subscribers to use the standard Exponential Smoothing (ETS) algorithm to build forecasts for predicting future trends using historical data. New data types that access current online sources include Stock and Geography. The Stock data type retrieves the latest stock price, price change, and other equities data. The Geography data type allows you to select a country and extract specified 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 images. These images can be turned, colored, and resized instantaneously with no loss in image quality. Find out about Progent's Office 365 Excel consulting and training services.
Microsoft Office 365 Excel includes new data types like Stock and Geography that connect to online databases
Office 365 PowerPoint lets you work with three dimensional models and features an enhanced selection of animation functions such as jumping and rotating. As with Office Excel and Word, Office 365 PowerPoint enables you to convert sketches into uniform shapes for flow charts, diagrams, and other objects. Office 365 PowerPoint for Mac adds the capability to incorporate and format video from inside PowerPoint. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides easy access to a broad selection of media sources such as iPhoto galleries, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus standard shapes, Clip Art, and other graphical content.
Office 365 Outlook offers important enhancements to prior versions of the Outlook email and calendar app by introducing useful features like audio cues, transparent downloading of OneDrive attachments, visibility of replies to a conference request for people who are not meeting organizers, streamlined email organizing, plus more intuitive group creation and calendar sharing. Additionally, Office 365 Outlook subscribers can have their messages read out loud while the segments being read are highlighted. Microsoft's Office intelligent services, when activated, allows Office 365 Outlook clients to dictate emails. Office 365 Outlook for Mac now supports push email, online archiving, the ability to suggest a different meeting time in response to a meeting invitation, and multiple calendar visibility. Full Screen Mode allows multiple open messages and permits users to run two Outlook instances in split-screen view. Learn about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Outlook and Outlook on the web configuration and troubleshooting services.
Office 365 OneNote for Windows 10 is incorporated in most Office 365 product bundles, pre-installed in Windows 10, and available for download as a no-cost mobile application. The earlier OneNote 2016 release, which has some functions not at first provided in OneNote for Windows 10 likes Record Video, continues to be available for free but is not being updated with new features. OneNote for Windows 10 introduces a fresh customizable look consistent across Windows 10, Apple Mac, iOS, Google Android, and Web. Other features available only on OneNote for Windows 10 include enhanced ink-to-text, a notification center that indicates changes in your open and recent notebooks, automatic conversion of freehand drawings into standardized shapes, and a virtual ruler to draw straight lines and make measurements.
Office 365 Access, offered exclusively for Windows PCs, allows you to utilize Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and an extensive set of templates to automate business operations and create advanced forms and reports. Office 365 Access includes the connector library to extract data from a wide range of popular business applications and data sources for generating aggregated reports from within the time-tested Access environment. Support for storing Access data in both 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 Azure cloud. Microsoft Office Access 365 now comes with an improved Linked Table Manager, allows you to include a wealth of 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 training expertise.
Office 365 Publisher, available only on Windows PCs, is a popular do-your-own desktop publishing tool that leverages the familiar Microsoft Office interface to deliver an easy-to-use program for developing and sharing professional-looking documents such as fliers and newsletters that call for exact image placement. Because publications can be stored in the cloud, you can deliver a document as easily as sending a link. Publisher's wide use and simplicity allow you to meet deadlines for time-sensitive projects without needing depend on the availability of a desktop publishing professional for making last-minute edits.
Office 365 Cloud Services
Office 365 cloud services enable you to leverage Microsoft's vast cloud resources to host mission-critical servers such as Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business. This provides enterprise-class levels of reliability and protection while reducing the substantial upfront costs and management effort associated with deploying and maintaining complex on-premises datacenters. For situations that call for some systems to be located on-premises for compliance, performance, or other issues, the majority of Office 365 virtual server products can be implemented using hybrid network models that transparently combine on-premises and cloud-hosted resources.
Office 365 Exchange Online provides email hosting and supports user mailbox sizes from 50 GB 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 allows you to control email configurations for your organization and provides complete control over critical areas including permissions, security and compliance, mail flow, creating mailboxes and defining limits, collaboration, contact lists, Unified Messaging, monitoring and reporting, and backup. Find out about Progent's Office 365 Exchange Online integration and administration expertise.
Smart calendaring in Exchange Online can capture events such as flights and bookings from email
Office 365 OneDrive is Microsoft's popular file sync and share platform. Office 365 packages usually come with 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, enabling you to save, access, and share data across Microsoft Windows, Mac, or iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. By transparently synchronizing your files to your desktop, OneDrive lets you edit documents even when you are offline. OneDrive simplifies sharing and collaboration, keeping track all changes to help prevent consistency problems. You can begin a team project on any computer and switch seamlessly to a different computer at any time. For enhanced collaboration, a variety of tools permit you to annotate and highlight documents. Powerful search tools help you to locate files quickly, and analysis tools offer insights such as the number of people who accessed or shared a file.
Office 365 Skype for Business Online provides cloud-based voice, HD video, and conferencing. Online Plan 1 offers IM, real-time presence, VoIP, and video calling, plus federation and directory search. Online Plan 2 includes scheduled and ad hoc conferencing with audio and video calling plus screen and app sharing on Apple iOS and Google Android devices, Windows PCs, and Mac computers. For hybrid environments that combine a local Skype for Business Server with Skype for Business Online services, you can deploy a cohesive environment via a Split Domain deployment. Find out about Progent's Microsoft Office 365 Skype for Business solution design and configuration consulting.
Office 365 SharePoint Online integrates information management with intranet publishing to allow businesses to broadcast and share content and to promote teamwork. The SharePoint admin center now includes interactive usage analysis, Message Center posts, and a Service Health dashboard designed to streamline management. Also, you are able to link current team sites to Microsoft Office 365 Groups, enhancing your existing SharePoint sites with shared conversations, schedules, and project planning. Innovative capabilities to support cloud coexistence now include hybrid taxonomy and hybrid auditing plus an enhanced development architecture for building SharePoint environments on-premises, in hybrid deployments, and in Office 365. Find out about Progent's Office 365 SharePoint Online integration and development services.
Office Teams is the future of Skype for Business, offering a single portal for conversations, contacts, and information with persistent threaded chat, file sharing, and built-in voice and video conferencing. Microsoft has built the cloud environment that hosts Teams to provide faster meeting join speeds than Skype for Business and to allow integration with Microsoft Cognitive Services such as text-to-voice, translation, speech recognition, and AI. Progent can help you to test Office 365 Teams to evaluate the advantages of deploying this innovative communication platform.
Office 365 Yammer is a social network product intended to be used inside an enterprise and limited to clients with a verified corporate email address. Postings can include files, web links, videos, PowerPoint presentations, and SharePoint content. The Discovery connection makes it easy to locate content relevant to your job or concerns as shown by the groups you are a member of, conversations you contribute to, and people you interact with. You can find discussions, files, interest groups, participants, and other information related to a specific colleague. Group Insights inform you how activities like publishing, viewing, and liking are trending historically. Notifications alert you about relevant activity such as new postings in your groups, input to your conversations, and new participants.
Office 365 Power BI is a set of online services integrated with Office 365 that allows businesses to build sharable dashboards and on-demand reports that offer up-to-date consolidated views into key aspects of your business. Office 365 Power BI dashboards can aggregate information from multiple internal and outside sources such as Microsoft Excel, in-house SQL Server Analysis Service, the Azure cloud, or popular sources such as QuickBooks, Google Analytics and Salesforce. Dashboards and reports developed on Power BI can be refreshed in real time via data streaming. You can store and distribute your visualizations in the cloud with OneDrive. Native Power BI mobile apps are available for Windows devices as well as Apple iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Find out about Progent's Office 365 Power BI Online design and development consulting services.
How Progent Can Help You with Microsoft Office 365 Solutions
For businesses who need quick remote guidance from a high-level Office 365 integration consultant, Progent can provide a comprehensive sele3ction of support services including system architecture design, deployment, debugging, application development, administration, and training. Progent's Microsoft-certified integration consultants, Cisco-certified network infrastructure engineers, macOS and OS X technology experts, iPhone and iPad integration experts and Android smartphone consultants can assist you to integrate your information network with Office 365 applications and services.
Progent's ProSight family of Remote Management and Monitoring Services
Progent provides a family of affordable, flat-rate managed services intended to allow small and mid-size organizations to benefit from the same best-of-breed IT solutions deployed by some of the world's top corporations. The ProSight series of outsourced network management services addresses all key areas of modern networking including email protection, security and compliance, automated backup/recovery, infrastructure monitoring and management, virtual server cloud hosting, and IT asset documentation management. Learn more about Progent's remote management and monitoring services.
Contact Progent for Office 365 Expertise
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Public Cloud Integration Services from Progent
The choices offered for public cloud products and services are expanding continually, making it difficult for IT managers to select the optimum cloud strategy for their organization. Progent has in-depth experience helping companies of all sizes to plan, implement, and manage hybrid environments that combine various cloud products and services from leading public clouds. 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-based or hybrid ecosystem that delivers maximum competitive value.
Public cloud products and services supported by Progent's consultants include:
Progent's Azure planning and integration consultants can help you with every stage of Microsoft Azure migration including requirements analysis, prerequisites assessment, system design, pilot testing, deployment, centralized administration, performance optimization, license controls, disaster recovery preparedness, security policy enforcement, and compliance assessment. Progent can assist you to set up and troubleshoot firewalls and VPN tunnels so your clients can securely connect to Azure-based resources, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting experts can assist you integrate critical Microsoft platforms to work in the cloud including Windows Server, Exchange, SQL and SharePoint. Progent can also assist you to create a hybrid environment that transparently integrates physical datacenters with Azure services.
Microsoft allows you to create transparent hybrid ecosystems that combine Office 365 and local Exchange deployments. This allows you to have some Exchange mailboxes located at your on-premises datacenter and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consultants can help you with any phase of designing, implementing and debugging your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange consultants can provide occasional expertise to help you through stubborn technical bottlenecks and also can provide extensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is completed on time and on budget. For more information about Progent's consulting expertise for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, see Office 365 Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's Amazon Web Services (AWS) planning and integration experts can provide cost-effective online consulting to help businesses of any size to access Amazon AWS cloud services including Amazon EC2 for virtual server hosting, Amazon S3 for expandable low-latency storage, and Amazon Glacier for value-priced long-term archiving. Progent can assist you with every phase of Amazon AWS integration including requirements analysis, preparedness evaluation, system design, pilot testing, configuration, centralized administration, performance tuning, licensing management, disaster recovery mechanisms, and security strategies. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewall configuration and VPN access and can show you how to deploy cloud-centric or hybrid environments that seamlessly integrate Amazon AWS cloud services. Progent offers as-needed expertise or Progent can deliver comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing services to help you move smoothly to the Amazon AWS cloud platform.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service is an integrated library of APIs that allows Amazon sellers to streamline their operations by automating key sales activities including listings, orders, payments, fulfillment, and finances. By tapping into Amazon's vast online selling environment and automating their sales processes, vendors can broaden 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 team and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and mentoring to help you cut development time and costs and get to market quickly.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform (GCP) planning and integration consultants offer cost-effective remote and onsite support to assist businesses to migrate any part of their critical network resources to Google Cloud Platform services. This can save time and hardware expense and enable access to Google's state-of-the-art AI and machine learning tools. Progent can assist your IT team with every aspect of Google Cloud Platform integration including requirements analysis, preparedness assessment, architectural design and review, testing, configuration, centralized administration, performance tuning, software license management, disaster recovery solutions, and security strategies.