While there are plenty of email services available today, businesses have been turning to Office 365 Outlook for good reason: it allows users to stay connected with ease and, more importantly, safely and securely. But things just got even better. Microsoft has rolled out some new features for Outlook on the Internet, aiming to enhance efficiency and usability. Take a look at some of the new features in Outlook.
Microsoft has been making a steady push into mobile markets, especially when it comes to apps. One of their biggest, and most helpful, releases has been mobile versions of Office programs. While Office for iPad is useful for many business users, you do need a subscription to access all the features. Microsoft has recently announced that they have updated the iPad apps and added in-app subscriptions.
When the iPad versions of the Office apps were released, users could download the apps for free but needed an Office 365 subscription in order to use the full features of the apps. Those who didn’t have a subscription were limited to only being able to read and print Office documents, and present using PowerPoint.
Those who wanted to use all the features of the app needed to sign up for an Office 365 account. In order to do this, they had to physically go to the Office 365 site and sign up. They couldn’t sign up via the app. While this process isn’t overly taxing, it did cause some frustration for some users.
To remedy this, Microsoft has recently announced that users will now be able to sign up for an Office 365 subscription directly from the app. According to an article posted on the Microsoft Office blog, “Starting today [September 2, 2014], you can buy a monthly subscription to Office 365 from within Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad.”
While Microsoft has noted that you can purchase an Office 365 subscription in-app, you should be aware that the subscriptions are monthly and for the Home or Personal versions of Office 365. A monthly Office 365 Home subscription costs USD$9.99 a month and can be used on one iPad and up to five PCs or Macs, while an Office 365 Personal plan costs USD$6.99 a month and can be installed on on iPad and one PC or Mac.
Office 365 offers a variety of business plans and they come with a lot of valuable features to fit every business size and need. But, which plan should you choose? Below are some comparisons to help guide you to make the right decision.
Information security is an essential consideration for all IT organizations around the world. In addition to the prevalence of information technology, the complexity of delivering access to services from a growing number of devices, platforms, and places than ever before forces information security to be a paramount matter. Multi-device access benefits your users, especially with the consumerization of IT, but broader access represents another potential attack surface. At the same time, organizations face ever-evolving cyber-threats from around the world that target users who may accidentally lose or compromise sensitive data.
When you consider moving your organization to cloud services to store your data and various productivity services, the security concerns add another layer of consideration. That consideration is one of trust. You have to be able to trust your service provider to take care of the key expectations around processing and managing your data - security, privacy and compliance.