ShareCafé Office 365: Efficient collaboration at minimum cost

This year’s first ShareCafé will focus on working in the cloud, with a particular focus on Office 365. Most people immediately associate the terms “Cloud” and “Microsoft” with Microsoft Azure. There is, however, much more to it. Office 365 - the successor to BPOS - is another cloud service offered by Microsoft, and only one of the many services being launched at the moment. This is a development we can only applaud!



What is this Office 365 service exactly?

Office 365 is a collective name for a number of popular office applications offered by Microsoft to private individuals and business users of all sizes. The best-known of these are, without a doubt, Word and Excel, but the service also includes Outlook, SharePoint, OneDrive, OneNote, Yammer and several others. Office 365 is what we call SaaS (Software as a Service), while Microsoft Azure is IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service).

“Office 365 ProPlus” vs. “Office Professional Plus 2013”

One of the components that are available (depending on your subscription) is Office 365 ProPlus. With regard to functionality, it is similar to the traditional Office Professional Plus 2013 version, the difference being that is offered as a service to which you can subscribe. This means that instead of owning a software package, you are permitted to use it for a given amount of time. The advantages are that the initial price is much lower and that you will always have access to the latest version - as long as you pay your subscription fees on time! Also, the ProPlus version is not linked to a computer, but to a user and can be installed on as many as five computers at the same time.

Exclusively online?

It is a misconception that Office 365 only works online. As discussed above, a client application is still available that can be used to enable offline working. Besides that, the offline versions have even more special features than the online ones. However, the online versions of Word, Excel, OneNote and so on are more than sufficient for everyday use at the office!


There are simply no environments that facilitate collaboration on a project as well as this one. Sharing a document couldn’t be easier than through the built-in SharePoint. And if this isn’t enough, you can still use the email function, or online conferencing via Lync. The possibilities are virtually infinite!

OK, so where do I start?

As soon as you’ve been convinced that Office 365 is exactly what you need, the rest is child’s play. A trial version of the popular E3 subscription can be installed in no time at all to let you try it out. After all, hands-on experience will make the advantages much clearer to you than by reading this blogpost. The administrative aspects can easily be arranged through the portal or, if you are familiar with PowerShell, entirely through scripts.

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If you’re still hesitant about jumping off the deep end, Orbit One will be happy to help you set up your Office 365 environment. This can easily be integrated into your existing company network and applications, enabling a smooth transition of your On-Prem environment to the cloud (this is called onboarding). Orbit One is always ready to help you - in words as well as actions!


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Op 09/04/2015 door Vincent

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