Why We Use Microsoft 365 For Cloud Services

Microsoft Cloud Computing

For now, from a business perspective, cloud services are the present, and the future. They make it possible for business data, apps and programmes to be accessed by anyone, anywhere, anytime providing that they have access to an internet connection, as well, of course, as the authority to do so. Unlike traditional server based operating systems cloud services are stored and accessed via a remote server. They are a scalable, cost effective subscription service that allow businesses to easily manage productivity workloads.

We’ve partnered with Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) to provide your business with the best, and most up to date cloud based solutions available today. If you would like to know more about how your business could benefit from our cloud service offerings, including hosted desktop and email services, call us today on 01403 290 321. Alternatively, send your enquiry to [email protected] and we’ll be in touch at a time convenient to you.

What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is a Software as a Service solution (SaaS). In simple terms, it’s a line of payable monthly subscription based services from within the Microsoft Azure cloud platform that can be installed on PCs, Macs, tablets and phones.

The latest offering of Microsoft Office software incorporates:

  • All of the latest Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • The latest Microsoft Operating System – Windows 10
  • Workplace chat and video conferencing with Microsoft Teams
  • 1 TB of OneDrive cloud file storage
  • Feature updates and upgrades unavailable anywhere else

Clear communication, effective collaboration, efficient coordination and cooperation. The four C’s; the keys to the success of any business. Microsoft 365 provides your business with the platform to make achieving these goals possible, without the need to invest in the underlying infrastructure.

What are the benefits of Microsoft 365?

Anytime, anywhere access

With more employees than ever now working remotely it’s essential for your organisations’ data, apps and files to be accessible from anywhere, at any time. Cloud services make this possible, allowing employees to easily access Office applications like Word, Exchange, Excel, SharePoint Online and Teams from anywhere with an internet connection.

Automatic upgrades

Unlike traditional systems, the cloud based nature of Microsoft 365’s monthly subscription plans means that updates are regular and automatic. New features, upgrades and software patches are instantaneous, so your employees always have access to the latest and most up to date applications and programs.

Centralised collaboration

With Microsoft 365 employees can securely access data, share mailboxes, calendars and contacts as well as edit documents in real time. All applications within Microsoft 365 are linked allowing for simple and effective communication and collaboration, improving productivity and business continuity.

No investment in IT infrastructure and departments necessary

Because Microsoft 365 is cloud based there’s no need to invest in expensive infrastructure such as on premises storage, or IT departments. Microsoft 365 guarantees customers an uptime of 99.99% giving you the peace of mind that you’ll be able to continue working as normal, even in the event of a server failure.

Improved security

The Security and Compliance Centre in Microsoft 365 enables you to:

  • Easily enforce policies regarding where sensitive data can be saved, and who it can be accessed by
  • Implement automated retention policies in order to meet compliance regulations
  • Implement security features including two-step authentication
  • Easily manage threat detection and antivirus / anti-malware services

Elastic scalability

Microsoft 365 allows for truly elastic scalability, or in simple terms, the ability to instantly cope with drastic increases or reductions in workload. With cloud computing there’s no need to pay for services that you are not using, you simply have access to as much, or as little processing power as you require, as and when you require it.

How Woodstock IT use Microsoft 365

Initial set-up

We understand that moving from your current system to the unknown can be daunting. Our business package includes the full set-up of our cloud based solutions – Microsoft 365 and Dropbox. We’ll take care of every aspect of the transition with minimal disruption to your services, allowing you to continue business as normal.

Team training

Our service includes comprehensive team training to ensure that you and your employees are able to use your new system with maximum efficiency. Team training can be completed either at your office premises, or carried out remotely.

Ongoing maintenance and support

Let us take the responsibility for your systems. There’s no need to spend money on IT departments, we can do that for you. Our ongoing maintenance and support services ensure that you’re always up and running, providing your customers with the best possible service.

Hosted desktop

Our IT Hosted Desktop service for business includes:

  • Windows desktop
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Exchange / Outlook + a range of additional applications

Read more about our virtual hosted desktop services.

Hosted email services

Our Hosted Email services for business include:

  • A fully synchronised, backed up service accessible from all devices and browsers
  • 50GB of mail storage
  • Built in security features

Find out more about our hosted email service.

Start your Microsoft 365 journey

To speak to one of our experts about how your business could benefit from our business IT services, including cloud solutions and business support contracts, call us today on 01403 290 321 or 01293 912321.