Cloud Computing with Office 365

By: Mitrasoft

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is the ability of your technology to take on the shape you need for the type of project you need to accomplish. Want to put together a project team? You can do that in the cloud so that team members all over the globe can collaborate and communicate easily. Need to create a meeting space for your regional sales reps? You can create a team site for everyone in the cloud, using web servers and software, and you can enable every person to log in from any point they have access to the web.

The best news about cloud computing for you as an end user is the added flexibility the services offer you, without additional investment in either hardware or software. You can simply use your web browser to get to the files you need to work with, make any changes, and save and share the files as you see fit.

The great thing about cloud computing for companies is that it enables them to expand the services they offer both staff and customers without  adding to their own hardware infrastructure. Web services enable companies to connect workers and make collaboration possible on a global scale without adding servers, setting up datacenters, and more. The environment is secure, flexible, and expandable to accommodate as many users as businesses need to support.

Introducing Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is Microsoft’s latest venture into cloud computing, bringing   together tried-and-true programs that make communicating and collaboration   natural online. Office 365 includes Microsoft Exchange Online for email and scheduling, Microsoft SharePoint Online for sharing files and creating team sites, and Microsoft Lync Online for instant messaging and online meeting. Office 365 mixes the capabilities of those programs with cloud versions of Office Professional Plus programs.

What Cloud Computing Means for You

Office 365 makes using Office in the cloud a simple, natural, and affordable way to make the most of services you are already familiar with, in ways that easily extend the  technology you are probably already using. Sound too good to be true? It’s not.  Office 365 enables you to easily and naturally

  • Collaborate globally in real time.
  • Use programs you already know.
  • Create a virtual office where you can work with information securely while you’re on the go.
  • Use your PC, browser, or phone interchangeably.
  • Keep your information secure.
  • Keep your hardware costs down.
  • Use multiple devices to access and work with files.
  • Create a shared team site.
  • Boost productivity by making it easy for people to work together.
  • Give users instant access to each other with presence technology and instant messaging.
  • Incorporate social networking in your team communication

A Closer Look at Office 365

Office 365 makes it easy for you to work with the applications and programs you’re

familiar with in the easy-access, always-on world of the web. You can use Office 365 to

  • Create a shared team site where you create data libraries, assign tasks, schedule calendars, and more
  • Check everyone’s availability, and schedule online meetings
  • Connect instantly by instant messaging, email, or video calls
  • Keep your files and user accounts secure and keep email safe from spam and scams
  • Create documents, worksheets, presentations, and notebooks, and share them seamlessly
  • Always work with current updates of Office 365 software
  • Create blogs and wikis for your team and for public view

You Can Use What You’ve Got

One of the big features of Office 365 is the software’s ability to work with whatever device you’re using at the moment—your desktop PC or Mac, laptop or netbook, Android phone, iPhone, Windows Phone, Nokia, or BlackBerry.

You can log in to your Office 365 account, work on files, share documents, update tasks, post to your discussion forum, join a meeting, send instant messages, and more—from wherever you are at the moment, with whatever device you’ve got.

Big-Time Security

Office 365 invests in state-of-the-art security, reliability, and recovery technology to ensure that your files and messages are secure, your data is safe, and you are always able to access and work with your information. Office 365 offers

  • A guaranteed 99.9% uptime Service Level Agreement
  • Data centers with SAS 70 and ISO 27001 certification
  • Geo-redundant, enterprise-grade reliability and disaster recovery
  • Multiple data centers and automatic failovers to ensure your data is safeguarded
  • Up-to-date antivirus and anti-spam protection

 

[source: e-book Microsoft Office 365 – Connect and collaborate virtually anywhere, anytime by Katherine Murray]