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The Difference Between Office & Office 365

Posted: Apr 21, 2014
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Author: Nicole Winn

Microsoft Office & Office 365

Microsoft Office is productivity software, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, etc., that is installed on your desktop or laptop computer. Office 365, on the other hand, is an online subscription service that provides email, shared calendars, the ability to create and edit documents online, instant messaging, web conferencing, a public website for your business and internal team sites—all accessible anywhere from nearly any device.

According to Edward Mendelson of PC Magazine, “Office 365 is the best argument I’ve seen for moving documents into the cloud without any compromise in features and flexibility compared to desktop-only applications.”

Since Office 365 lives in the cloud, you have access to Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook. PowerPoint, Publisher and Word from anywhere you can get a Web connection, and from virtually any device—Windows or Mac desktops and laptops, Android devices, iPhones, iPads and other smartphones and tablets.

With Office 365, Microsoft also takes care of all the dirty work so you don’t have to. Updates, patches and upgrades just happen in the background without you needing to worry about it. When the server crashes, its Microsoft’s problem. When a hard drive needs to be replaced, Microsoft will handle it. You get the benefits of using Office without any of the headaches of updating and maintaining it all.

In addition, customers with Office 2010 installed on their computer can quickly configure their software to work with Office 365. These users can easily retrieve, edit and save Office docs in the Office 365 cloud, co-author docs in real-time with others, quickly initiate PC-to-PC calls, instant messages and web conferences with others.

Office 365 & Your Business

Billed as Microsoft’s most complete Office cloud service to date, the 2013 release has new collaboration features, as well as offerings tailored to the needs and budgets of small, medium and large organizations.

In addition to updated e-mail, video-conferencing, instant messaging and calendaring services, business users can now get the Office applications they are familiar with on up to five devices, delivered as an always up-to-date cloud service.

New features in Office 365 include enhanced enterprise social capabilities with SharePoint and Yammer, and by June, it will include Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, IM and voice.


Office 365—Exchange, Lync &SharePoint Online

Office 365 is composed of cloud versions of Microsoft communication and collaboration services-including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. The result is an enterprise-ready set of productivity tools that make it possible for businesses to do more with less.

Microsoft Exchange Online
Microsoft Exchange Online is an email, calendar and contacts solution delivered as a cloud service, hosted by Microsoft. The service is based on Microsoft Exchange server and offers 25 GB of email storage per user. In addition, Exchange online offers users personalized calendars and contacts with sharing capability and 99.9% reliability in online secure back-up. Exchange ActiveSync provides mobile connectivity to Exchange services and mobile email applications.

Microsoft SharePoint Online
Microsoft SharePoint Online is a collaboration, sharing, and document editing service using internal and external sites. It can also be used to create public-facing Web sites.

Microsoft Lync Online
Microsoft Lync Online provides communications features including presence information, instant messaging, PC-to-PC audio/video calling and online meetings that can include PC audio, video and web conferencing with application sharing, whiteboards, and other collaboration tools. Lync Online is accessed through the Lync client. Lync Online also supports presence information and click-to-communicate features inside Microsoft Office applications.

Office 365 is designed to make it as easy to store documents in the cloud as it is on your disk, and Microsoft is pushing the idea that with Office 365, you can now edit Office documents anywhere—on any Windows-based desktop or tablet, on a Windows phone, in a Web browser and even on your Mac, because an Office 365 subscription lets you have Office installed on five devices at any one time. This means you get Office 2013 on your Windows machines and Office 2011 for the Mac on your OS X machines.

In a nutshell, Office 365 was designed, tested and implemented with businesses and their business needs in mind.

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At New Horizons, we’re talking about Office 365 and the cloud everyday—and not just with a variety of clients, but with leading vendors—about industry trends and real-life challenges. And because of our close partnership with Microsoft, New Horizons is positioned to help businesses like yours leverage our knowledge experts to discuss strategies, implementation and troubleshooting.

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