Those who operate a small business know how hard it is to win the daily battles. Whether it is meeting with employees who are out of office, staying in touch with clients or accessing the most up to date data. You need it to be fast and easy.
Luckily, there are a lot of business tools out there to help you get the job done. One of most comprehensive packages of tools is Microsoft Office 365. It provides enterprise-like power, but designed with the small business in mind. Office 365 from myhosting includes tools that everyone knows and is familiar with like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The big selling point however is that the technology barriers are gone. If you don’t have IT resources, now you can easily start using cloud-based business software. Our team will set you up, migrate email and take care of all those updates.
As a technology administrator for your company, you’ve witnessed employees bring in their own devices to be more productive. “Bring your own device” or BYOD is becoming a hot workplace trend, with 74% of companies allowing their employees to use their own devices for work related purposes.
Combined with cloud, the prospect of employee-owned devices is enough to scare fear into even the strongest of IT managers. While some organizations have adopted rogue IT as the standard, others are still exploring solutions to help them manage the influx of technology.
One solution IT administrators can explore is Microsoft Azure Active Directory, a multi-tenant cloud based directory and identity management service run out of 28 data centers worldwide. Azure Active Directory (AD) provides an affordable and easy solution to give employees and businesses the ability to use single sign on (SSO) to access cloud applications like Office 365, Salesforce.com, and Dropbox. Azure AD is already integrated for those who have Office 365 and other Microsoft applications already in use within their organization.
As a small business owner, you have limited time to try out new software that claims it will help your business. If it is hard to set up, figure out and actually use, you are likely to shy away from it, or just use the basic functionality of the product.
When it comes to Microsoft Office 365, it’s clear right off that bat what it is supposed to offer your business. The basics like secure email and apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint are what everyone knows.
But there has to be more. It is called Office 365 after all. What is included that makes it worth the time to add it to your business? The answer is a lot.
To keep it simple for now, Office 365 allows you to do business on the go. There are four clear benefits that stand out when it comes to working wherever you need to be.
The capabilities of Office 365 extend beyond the productivity solutions end-users have come to know and love. Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype and subsequent re-branding to Skype for Business from Lync added much needed communication and collaboration opportunities.
For organizations looking to get more out of Skype for Business, the next iteration has arrived. Earlier in July, Microsoft announced new Skype for Business Services in Office 365 for enterprise customers.
Here is a preview of features in the pipeline:
Skype Meeting Broadcast – For some companies, business meetings can be very large. Skype Meeting Broadcast is available to eligible Office 365 customers worldwide and enables up to 10,000 people to attend a Skype for Business meeting on any device. Bing Pulse and Yammer are integrated as well, allowing for real-time polling and interactive dialogue between attendees.
Did you hear the big news? Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Mac. Yep, Mac users are going to finally get a new version of Office. The last release was way back in 2011.
The all-new design is perfect for people who switch between Macs and PCs regularly. If your small business fits in this category, you have plenty of company. According to Microsoft, roughly 75 percent of the Office for Mac customer base is made up of cross-platform users. These are typically people with a Windows PC at work and a Mac at home. Sounds familiar right?
There is only one catch to this life-changing news. Office 2016 for Mac is not fully available until September.
But, if you are an Office 365 subscriber, you can get Office 2016 now!
The latest version of Office for Mac includes support for Retina displays, the signature ribbon interface, task panes, cloud integration, multi-touch gestures and a full screen view mode.
To start right now, all you need is an Office 365 subscription (Office 365 Home, Personal, Business, Business Premium, E3 or ProPlus), which includes the rights and access to use Office applications on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices, along with additional value in OneDrive and Skype.
Don’t have Office 365?
Well, that is not a problem because myhosting makes it easy to add the productivity suite to your business thanks to our new cloud marketplace.
By purchasing Office 365 from the marketplace, you not only get a powerful software solution, but you get the full support of myhosting’s cloud experts behind you. That includes setup, data migration, security patches and software updates. It’s worth mentioning that this applies to all products in the marketplace, not just Office 365.
Get Office 2016 for Mac today by becoming an Office 365 subscriber via the myhosting marketplace.
Otherwise, Office 2016 for Mac will become available as a one-time purchase option this September. (more…)
Small businesses are always looking to find better ways to collaborate and adopt new technologies for their day-to-day efforts. Collaboration technologies as a whole take one of the top 5 spots for IT priorities on a year to year basis. Over two-thirds of businesses also report that leveraging collaboration tools does drive better collaboration and customer responsiveness as well.
For the small business looking to jump on the technology trends to help them become more collaborative and productive, there are a few trends to keep in mind as we head into the second half of 2015. In today’s blog post, we’ll examine some of these trends that can positively impact small businesses, and keep them humming for the years ahead.
1. The Emergence of Cloud
We’ve spoken about cloud many times on this blog, and for small businesses that have yet to convert, the window of opportunity is still available. Recent data from Odin, a business insights company, suggests that 78% of United States small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020. Cloud is great for small business collaboration since the technology empowers businesses to collaborate remotely, store files in a central location, and be secure while saving costs on an IT team.