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Microsoft 365 for Business - How To Do It Right

Microsoft 365 (previously Office 365), is the complete suite for all Microsoft products, which was released by Microsoft originally in 2011.

Today, over a million companies worldwide use the software. Microsoft 365 is an all-encompassing package that allows people to access Windows 10, Office 365, Enterprise Mobility and Security Packages.

Microsoft 365 Business is one of Microsoft's 365 packages, it is designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses to improve collaboration and security across a single working platform.

The Microsoft Business packages includes basic security features and offers incredible features for small and medium businesses that want integrated and secure access to Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 365 and is available to three hundred (300) users. The Microsoft Enterprise platform offers increase security functionality, built into it. 

Microsoft 365 for Business Product Features

The Microsoft Office 365 suite is a cloud service platform that offers Microsoft products like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneDrive, and other productivity apps. These apps can be accessed online or on your computer, depending on your subscription plan, and how you like to work:

Some of the inclusions are:

- Windows 10/Windows 11 Operating System

- Security Features: Offers Basic Data and App Security

- 1TB storage per user 

- Microsoft Intune Device Management

Who is Microsoft 365 Suitable For

1. Small-to-medium businesses looking for a secure, cost-effective platform that promotes productive work, collaboration, and simple management.

2. Businesses that need Microsoft integrator features to leverage the power of remote collaboration without exposing the business to security threats and data breaches.

With Microsoft 365, your on-ground employees can resourcefully collaborate with their team members in the office or partners from other businesses.

Teams can collaborate on projects and deliver them to management. Management can also set authentication systems to ensure that employees have access to only files and resources within their set roles.

Microsoft 365 for Business Pricing

Microsoft Office 365 for Business has three levels or tiers, and each level has its key features. The levels include Microsoft 365 Basic Plan, Microsoft 365 Business Standard Plan, and Microsoft 365 Business Premium Plan.

Microsoft 365 Basic Plan ($6.90 per month/user)

The Microsoft 365 Basic Plan includes:

- Web and mobile version of Office app

- File storage and sharing

- Email and calendaring

- Security and compliance

- Support and deployment.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard Plan ($17.20 per month/user)

The Business Standard Plan has all the features of the Basic Plan and additional features including:

- Teamwork and communication
- Tools to build and manage your business
- Desktop versions of office apps for PC and Mac.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium Plan ($27.50 per month/user)

The Business Premium Plan has all the features of the Business Standard Plan, and additional plans, including:

- Advanced security and device management
- Device management

What's New with Microsoft 365 for Business?

Microsoft CloudPC (also known as Windows 365) is a new feature of Microsoft 365, and Microsoft recently announced it as the solution to the 'Hybrid work paradox.’

The Hybrid work paradox revolves around the complexities of remote working. With the Global Pandemic ravaging countries and causing unimaginable global damage, many companies like Twitter, Square, FaceBook, including Microsoft, now allow many of their employees to work from home. With the change, however, there is a risk of a security breach.

Employees that handle sensitive business information certainly cannot work on projects with their personal computers; yet, these employees cannot carry a company device away from the premises. CloudPC solves this issue by allowing users to work entirely from home with Windows 10 or 11 from the Azure Cloud.

CloudPC’s on-boot experience and flash connection determined by your connection to the PC and not the PC’s connection to the internet has made this feature an immense favourite amongst users. In addition, the feature is globally accessible in different countries, including U.S, UK, and Australian MSP.

Other Microsoft 365 Plans

Microsoft 365 Education

The Global Pandemic pushed many collaboration software creators to institute more powerful and fully integrated apps and tools.

As a result, Microsoft 365 has an education platform, providing students and educators with an easy-interfaced collaborative software that is designed to improve teaching and learning productivity.

Microsoft 365 Enterprise

Microsoft 365 for Enterprise offers all the features of Microsoft 365 business; however, there is no limit to the number of users that can collaborate on Microsoft 365 for Enterprise; hence, the package comes with in-depth security including threat prevention and data loss prevention (depending on the company’s tier).

Microsoft 365 for Home Use

This package is excellent for families or individuals. The package gives users access to all Microsoft premium apps across all devices.

The package focuses on seamless integration of all your devices; hence, you can work with the Microsoft suite on your laptop in your living room, phone while you are taking public transport, and in the office.

Microsoft 365 for Not for Profits

Microsoft offers its 365 platform at a discounted rate for registered not-for-profit businesses, providing them with a cost-effective way to access Microsoft's suite of technology.

Do you want to know more about the Microsoft 365 apps and plans? Powernet is a Gold Level Microsoft Partner and an Australian Based Managed Service Provider. We have helped thousands of businesses set up and then support their Microsoft 365 environments. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can help you.

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