Microsoft Office 365 for Small Business

Office 365 for Small Business

Office 365 is a cost-effective, cloud-based productivity solution … that works for you 24/7, 365.

Microsoft Office 365 delivers “anywhere access” to e-mail, documents, contacts, and calendars, on almost any device, for businesses of all sizes—helping to save time and money and freeing up valued resources.

At North Star, Inc., we are always looking for ways to help our clients save money, improve efficiency, and increase productivity. As your chosen Denver IT support specialists, it is our job to help you find solutions to your most pressing IT needs. We believe Office 365 is versatile enough to fill a niche in productivity for you that is currently empty, or to become your every day productivity suite.

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What does Office 365 offer that makes it such a good choice for business?

  • Cloud-based productivity tools – make Office 365 available to all of your people anytime, anywhere
  • The Microsoft productivity tools you use every day – such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote are available 24/7, 365; not just on your desktop machine
  • Full-time tech support from Microsoft – since the servers belong to them, you need not buy new machines
  • Lower cost means greater efficiency – with Microsoft Office 365. Pay only for the services you need for each user in your system and improve your cash flow

Office 365 gives customers the ability to use both on-premises and cloud solutions in a hybrid approach.

Reduce capital investment costs with Office 365

As a subscription service, Microsoft Office 365 can be tailored to your specific needs, whether you are a single person office or have dozens of employees. With subscription prices beginning at $4 per month per user for email service, and ranging to $8 per month per user for the needs of larger organizations, there is much to be said for small or mid-sized businesses choosing Office 365 rather than buying the full Office suite for every computer in the company.

 Office 365 works seamlessly with Microsoft Outlook® 2010 and the other Office programs your users already count on.

Office 2013 is due out, well in 2013 of course, and while Microsoft has yet to announce the cost of the updated suite it is safe to assume it will be in the same range as Office 2010, which retailed at about $200 for the Home and Office version. If your company has just 10 computers, that’s quite a bit of cash up-front. Microsoft Office 365 (Plan P1) Service Description (P1-for businesses with up to 25 employees), your monthly subscription cost of $6 per user/per month will cost you just $60 a month – instead of an initial capital investment of $2000. At that rate, and with no changes in the numbers of users on the system, you will have nearly 3 years (33.33 months) of service before you reach the equivalent capital investment of $2000 for the full, on-site suite. Heck, by then, and based on their traditional 3 year cycle, Microsoft may be offering Office 2016.

Improved accessibility and security with Office 365

Since Office 365 is a cloud-based productivity suite of services, every person in your organization will have access to every file or document they may need, wherever they may be – using virtually any mobile device. As long as they are able to connect to the internet, you people will be able to work, share, and collaborate on any and all documents they need to get the job done.

Office 365 protects your e-mail environment with server-level antivirus, and it’s backed by a 99.9% uptime, money-back service-level agreement.

Just as with Office, Office 365 offers the full suite of productivity tools you and your people need to stay on top of the day-to-day needs of your business. Wherever they happen to be working, they will have access to:

  • Email and calendars
  • Website
  • Office Web apps
  • Sharing and project management
  • Instant messaging and conferencing
  • Enhanced mobility
  • Increased security

Office 365 offers the highest security available and is even compliant with HIPAA.

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If you are looking for reliable IT consulting in Denver and the surrounding areas, North Star, Inc., is the place to go for quality Denver IT support, including your introduction to Microsoft Office 365. Get in touch with us today with your IT Service Request.

Find the Microsoft Office 365 FAQ here.

Find the Microsoft Cost Graph here.

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