What does Microsoft’s new Office 365 have to offer enterprise customers?
New Office 365 Enterprise brings together three big enterprise IT trends: the shift from software to services, from on-premise to cloud and from traditional PCs and work patterns to any device, anywhere.
Empower your users
New Office 365 gives people new capabilities and makes it easier to get things done. For example, features like HD video conferences in Lync 2013 or the ability to edit PDF documents in Word 2013 let your staff power through everyday tasks and deliver better results. New Office applications are fast, fluid and touch-ready.
It goes beyond feature improvements. New Office 365 makes it much easier to support flexible working patterns, ‘bring your own device’ and mobile working. For example, roaming settings mean that your recent documents, settings and custom dictionaries follow you from device to device. It even remembers where you were in each document, so that you can easily pick up where you left off.
Shift from software to services
New Office 365 delivers the cloud on your terms. People can use Office Web Apps from almost any device, stream Office applications quickly to Windows 7 or Windows 8 PCs or install them in full. This gives users the best experience on the devices that they want to use.
You can also switch on powerful collaboration tools in your organisation with hosted SharePoint, Exchange and Lync, embedding presence information, real time communication and teamwork right into the applications you use every day.
Enterprise-grade reliability and standards
Office 365 meets ISO 27001, SSAE16, FERPA, HIPAA and FISMA security standards and Microsoft’s contract includes EU Model clauses on data privacy. It is delivered from geo-redundant datacentres to protect against datacentre-wide failures and it is backed by a 99.9% financially backed Service Level Agreement.
Powerful, central management
New Office 365 helps you accelerate deployment while reducing the cost of doing so. You can configure conventional IT push installation or let users stream Office applications on demand. Either way, they can run alongside old versions for compatibility, if required.
You can set transparent and granular email retention policies and deploy powerful data loss prevention tools to manage your email.
From a management perspective, it offers the choice of old school scripting and advanced web consoles. You can easily manage Office 365 services from any browser and still use advanced PowerShell commands for automating management tasks.
It’s a compelling upgrade for any company looking to move up from an older version of Office or looking to move their email and collaboration infrastructure to the cloud.