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Office 365 is Microsoft’s cloud-based hosting service, combining the features of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online. Office 365 incorporates online versions of the Office software you already know with the file-sharing, messaging, and management capabilities every small business needs. In addition, Office 365 allows you to access to your email, calendars, and contacts virtually anywhere. It is a resilient, reliable, secure email and hosting environment that your business can depend on. Sign up for a free trial of Office 365 here.

Migrating to Office 365 brings the familiarity of the Microsoft Office suite into the era of Cloud Computing and decreases IT overhead. Office 365 is the perfect choice for moving Office into the cloud.

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The Benefits of Office 365

The cloud is a buzz word that’s being passed around just about every IT department in the world right now, so it’s no surprise that the Microsoft team is the most talked about in these discussions. The Office 365 package is completely hosted on the cloud which gives the company a range of options when tailoring their product to the various companies that are heavily based in the IT field. The package is highly customizable in that small and large business alike are able to choose which parts of the program they want to use, which allows them create a very specific work environment for their employees.

Office 365 is truly a cloud based program that allows you to check your email securely, from anywhere. No matter what device you are using, you can log into the secure area, check, download, and send emails, access documents and even access the SharePoint online feature to transfer documents to co-workers. Unlike third party providers, Microsoft has a reliability guarantee that offers users cash back for extended server downtime. Basically, your email and

Internet security is very important when dealing not only with personal information, but also when transmitting company information over the web. Office 356 is the first major provider to sign the contractual clauses crafted by the EU, and is also the only public service that is hosted on the cloud that runs it’s systems as defined by ISO 27001. All this protection is included standard while still offering the software package at an affordable price to its users. The monthly cost if the subscription is very low and even comes with a 10% rebate when purchased through MasterCard

Every business is different, and software should be able to conform to the needs of the consumers who use it. Office 365 is highly versatile in that business owners can add and remove people to the license as needed, all online with just a few clicks. In addition to easily adding users, the software is intuitive and runs on the same model as the rest of the products in the Microsoft family, so there’s training time needed for new users.

Email is a big part of every company since it has replaced most other forms of inter-office, and outer-office communication. With reliable email service being so important, Microsoft has bolstered their Office 365 exchange mail hosting to compete with, and surpass in most cases other third party exchange providers. If you are not sure what the difference is, here are the top three reasons you should be using Office 365:

Office 365 is a great upgrade for small and mid-sized businesses that have tried to operate and maintain their own on-site server that is dependent on their own power, their own Internet connection, and their own system administrators. While such a set up might save money in the short term, the advantage of outsourcing your server becomes clear in the long run.

Over a three to five year period, it is very likely that a server that is kept on-site will fail, lose power or connectivity for an extended period of time, leaving you with no backup and no way of accessing the email you need in order to do business. Incoming messages will bounce back to senders, which not only looks unprofessional, it could cause your business to miss critical business communications

Keeping everything in one place can be disastrous. While adding an additional monthly fee is something no business owner likes to do, the alternative is far less appealing.

By using Office 365, you get all of the functionality that hosting your own server provides, but with the benefits of added security and stability. Rather than devoting valuable time and resources to maintaining a system that is bound to cause trouble, invest in the peace of mind that Office 365 and cloud computing provide. With everything hosted in the cloud, you can access anything you need anywhere, any time and avoid any costly service interruptions..

Office 365 gives you the overall satisfaction of knowing that the operational lifeblood of your business—your email—won’t go down. It is reliable, easy to use, and great for business.


Cloud computing is quickly becoming the cornerstone of business, and Parker Consulting specializes in migrating companies’ services onto the cloud, including the feature-rich Microsoft Office 365 . To find out how we can maximize the efficiency of your business through the strength of IT, contact us for a free consultation today.