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Office and Office 365

What is Office 365?

Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time and money and freeing up valued resources. Office 365 brings together cloud versions of Microsoft’s trusted communications and collaboration software with its familiar Office Professional Plus productivity suite. Office 365 is designed to help meet IT needs for robust security and user productivity.

Key Office 365 Benefits

  • An Office 365 subscription offers customers:
  • Anywhere-access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device (subject to Internet connectivity)
  • Seamless integration with Microsoft Office desktop and other programs users already count on every day
  • A financially backed guarantee of 99.9% uptime
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing options that provide predictability and flexibility for all or part of an organisation

Office 365 as a Service

With an Office 365 subscription, customers get the latest, fully-featured Office applications, for both PCs and Macs. An Office 365 subscription includes:

Full Office applications available offline

The ability to sign-in to Office and access documents and settings while roaming

Per user licensing across Windows tablets, PCs, and Macs

Side-by-side installation with previous versions

Use of existing deployment tools and processes

One of the great benefits of a subscription service is that it is evergreen, meaning always up to date when it comes to security patches, updates, and version upgrades. Examples of recent upgrades include:

Incremental quarterly updates to put the first and best of Office in the cloud

Office Mobile for Android phones and iPhones

An increase in Exchange Online mailbox size from 25 GB to 50 GB

An increase in SkyDrive Pro user storage from 7 GB to 25 GB, plus an increased file upload limit from
250 MB to 2 GB

Products

Exchange Online

A hosted email service from Microsoft.

  • Get email, calendar, and contacts on your PC, phone, and web browser.
  • Run email on Microsoft globally redundant servers.
  • Stay protected by anti-malware and anti-spam filters and supported by 24/7, IT-level phone support.

Project Online

A project and portfolio management tool.

  • Get enterprise-grade reliability and zero up-front infrastructure costs.
  • Add teams and projects within minutes with a web-based portal.
  • Immediately glean insight about your portfolio with new point-and-click reporting capabilities.

SharePoint Online

A collaboration and content management tool.

  • Find and share important documents, insights, and status with colleagues.
  • Keep teams in sync and manage essential projects.
  • Get 10 GB per tenant + 500 MB per user. 

Lync Online

A unified communications platform.

  • Get a consistent, single-client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video, and a great meeting experience.
  • Use instant messaging (IM) and voice calling with the hundreds of millions of people around the world who use Skype.

Visio Online

A tool used to create professional diagrams that simplify complex information.

  • Create professional diagrams quickly with updated shapes, new formatting options, and tools.
  • Link diagrams to dynamic data, making complex data understandable at a glance.
  • Work on diagrams in parallel (coauthoring).

Office 365 ProPlus

The latest Office, business-class email, document sharing, and web meetings—rich productivity services for modern users with the IT flexibility and control users need. Customers can use their Enterprise Agreement (EA) to transition to Office 365 ProPlus. Office 365 ProPlus:

  • Has the full application experiences with which customers are familiar.
  • Runs without an Internet connection.
  • Uses existing deployment tools.
  • Can host data on-premises or in the cloud.
  • Offers control software updates.
  • Offer: EA customers can get Office 365 ProPlus for the price they pay today for Software Assurance (SA).

Yammer

An enterprise social network that brings social networking to the business world. Yammer allows employees to:

  • Collaborate both internally and externally with partners, customers, and vendors.
  • Connect to the entire organization with groups, robust search, and integrations with other business applications.

Windows Azure

Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform.

Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacentres. It is a flexible platform that supports multiple languages and integrates with your existing on-premises environment.

Add Internet Scale and Reach to Your Applications

The Azure Services Platform provides developers with the ability to extend existing applications and build new solutions with Internet scale and reach.

Build on a flexible services platform with Internet scale

The Azure Services Platform offers a Secure, reliable, and dynamically-scaling services platform designed to connect your applications to a wide range of online services that will enable you to reach millions of current and potential customers worldwide.

Each service within the Azure platform is fully independent, providing you with a full suite of standalone services to consume in your next generation, connected applications. This modular architecture enables you to take advantage of the Azure services you need, while still relying on the on premise functionality you already use.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Greater flexibility and agility with Windows Server 2012 R2

At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud OS vision, Windows Server 2012 R2 brings Microsoft’s experience delivering global-scale cloud services into your infrastructure with new features and enhancements in virtualization, management, storage, networking, virtual desktop infrastructure, access and information protection, the web and application platform, and more.

Windows Server licensing makes choosing the right edition of Windows Server easier. Choose from four editions of Windows Server, based on the size of your organization and your requirements for virtualization and cloud computing. Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacentre with unlimited virtualization rights provides the benefits of cloud-level scale with predictable, lower costs. Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard offers the same enterprise-class features without unlimited virtualization rights. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is an ideal cloud-connected first server.

Windows Server 2003 end of support

Microsoft support for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 ends on July 14, 2015, which means the end of updates and patches, and a loss of compliance for any datacenter running this OS after this date. Explore your options and the resources available to assist in your upgrade and migration to Windows Server 2012 R2. Follow the simple four step process: Discover, assess, target and migrate to usher in the next stage of your datacenter evolution. 

SQL Server 2014

Breakthrough performance and faster insights delivered by a hybrid data platform

SQL Server 2014 enables customers to build mission-critical applications and Big Data solutions using high-performance, in-memory technology across OLTP, data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics workloads without having to buy expensive add-ons or high-end appliances. SQL Server 2014 uses a common set of tools to deploy and manage databases both on-premises and in the cloud, which makes it easier for customers to take advantage of the cloud with existing skills.

Benefits

SQL Server 2014 makes it easier and more cost effective to build high-performance, mission-critical applications, enterprise ready Big Data assets, and BI solutions that help employees make better decisions, faster. These solutions have the flexibility of being deployed on premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment, and can be managed through a common and familiar tool set.

Mission-critical performance

SQL Server 2014 accelerates reliable, mission critical applications with a new in-memory OLTP engine that can deliver on average 10x, and up to 30x transactional performance gains. For Data Warehousing, the new updatable in-memory column store can query 100x faster than legacy solutions. SQL Server also delivers peace of mind as the most secure database five years in a row. (National Institute of Standards and Technology Comprehensive Vulnerability Database 4/17/2013, Market share from IDC 2013)

Faster insights on any data

Get to insights faster with a complete BI platform that speeds up how you access, analyse, clean and shape both internal and external data. With SQL Server 2014 and Power BI for Office 365, it is easy to connect every user in an organization to the right data they need to make better decisions, faster.

Platform for hybrid cloud

SQL Server 2014 was designed to work in a hybrid environment that spans on-premises and the cloud and has new tools that make it even easier to build back-up and disaster recovery solutions with Microsoft Azure. These tools provide an easy on-ramp to the cloud for on-premises SQL Server databases, enabling customers to use their existing skills to take advantage of Microsoft’s global datacentres.

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