- Supporting Enterprise Mobility – A single user license for Office 365 will support up to 5 devices of any type. So, users can employ any combination of PC and mobile devicesthat would enable them to be most productive whenever and wherever they need to read, create, and/or edit documents. Additionally, for its Office 365 customers, Microsoft offers free and unlimited access to its cloud storage solution, OneDrive. While users can still store data on their local devices, any files stored on OneDrive will be accessible by any other devices they use. OneDrive also enables files to be shared with coworkers or to create collaboration environments.
- Reducing the Cost of Operations – With Office 365, license costs are substantially reduced for users who employ multiple devices. Unlike Microsoft Office, which requires individual licenses to be purchased for every device, Office 365 requires only a single license for up to 5 devices. Additionally, this subscription pricing is more conducive for organizations with fixed budgets (particularly SMBs) and can be substantially cheaper for supporting short-term projects (i.e., those lasting less than two years).
By Steve Brasen EMA, Managing Research Director – Enterprise, Mobile & Endpoint Management It’s time to take a serious look at Office 365. The cloud edition of Microsoft’s broadly adopted business productivity suite – which bundles such popular packages as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook – has been bothheavily praised and heavily criticized since its introduction in 2011. While the adoption rate of the traditional software edition of Microsoft Office is currently in no danger of being overtaken by its cloud-hosted cousin, recent adoption rates for Office 365 have substantially accelerated. Businesses, in particular, have shown increased interest in the cloud-based platform, and many are carefully considering whether to make the transition after existing Enterprise Agreement (EA) licenses expire. Currently, Microsoft offers a variety of licensing plans for both home and business users of Office 365. However, all Office 365 plansare based on subscription pricing models (i.e., per user per month or per user per year) as opposed to the one-time perpetual licenses offered with Microsoft Office. In November 2014, Microsoft introduced free versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel apps for iOS and Android platforms independent of Office 365; however, the licensing agreement for these apps states that they can only be used for “non-commercial purposes” (thoughI’m really not sure how that could possibly be enforced). Clearly these free mobile editions were made in direct response to the increasing popularity of Google Docs in that particular market. It should also be noted that Microsoft offers a free package of web-based apps, Office Online, which is a lobotomized version of Office and should be avoided at all costs to retain your sanity. While Microsoft has promoted a number of reasons to adopt Office 365, in my opinion there are only two that really matter: to support enterprise mobility and to reduce costs. Here’s a summary of the benefits of both: