UPDATE: at the end of October, Microsoft announced that the pricing for their cloud services will increase by 22% in January 2017. So the Business Premium subscription will increase from £7.80 per person per month to £9.52 (this is if you sign up for an annual contract). So if you are thinking of moving, don’t delay! Click here to sign up for a one month free trial.
Microsoft Office 365 is a great solution for all sizes of business, particularly small ones. Microsoft used to make Small Business Server which meant you could have an email system (MS Exchange) installed on a server in your office. But one of the problems with this was that if your office internet connection went down, you would no longer be able to send or receive emails to or from anyone outside your business. It could also be a big headache if your server crashed.
Office 365 is a hosted solution which means that the system is in the cloud (or in several secure datacentres!). It’s built on an infrastructure that would be out of reach to any small business to implement. This means that their email system is available pretty much all the time. The other main advantage is that you pay per mailbox per month. So there are no huge fees to setup a server or upgrade it three years down the line. The costs are entirely predictable. Taking on another member of staff? That will be an extra £3.30 a month (depending on the subscription plan). Simple.
But how about actually moving to Office 365? If the prospect seems a little daunting then we can help you out. We can assist with the initial configuration such as creating the mailboxes for you. Then, on an agreed date, we’ll make any domain changes (DNS changes to be specific) so that your incoming emails are delivered to the new system. So a simple transition to the new system – no interruptions to your email service. How does that sound? If you’d like to have a chat about this then please give us a call on 01372 940290 or email us (email@example.com)
“With significant business growth it is great to know my inbox is no longer constantly full! Contradictory? No, just a smooth transition to Microsoft 365 with our tech infrastructure partners, Waytime Technologies” Esther Dadswell, Chapters Financial, Guildford