Friday, 22 May 2015

Microsoft Office 365 Business upgrade path

Our previous blog post discuss about Microsoft detach Office and email Exchange online from Office 365 Plan. Now customer can choose Office only, Email only or Cloud ( both ).

What if your company need Office only but do not required email or Exchange online at the moment. Then, your company should subscripted to Office 365 Business, which comprises Office desktop apps only like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Publisher but excluding Microsoft Access.

With Microsoft office 365 instead of on Premises license like Office 2013. Now your company can use Office mobile apps on tablet and smartphone up to 5 devices.

In addition to that, your company get 1TB of cloud storage of One Drive for Business. 1TB effective unlimited storage. This can be configure to automatic backup and sync and can be a low cost Disaster Recovery plan in the event you lost any hardware like laptop, tablet or smartphone. Hardware can be replace easily but not data.

But, what is the upgrade plan available.

If your company want Microsoft Access, then your company can choose Office 365 ProPlus, this packages include Self Services Business Intelligence like PowerPivot etc, Shared computer activation ( RDS ). This packages also support On premises server setup like if your company already have On-premises Exchange Server, SharePoint Server or Lync Server and if your company want to keep those server. 

Rarely other open source spreadsheet have the ability of PowerPivot which can support Excel Pulgin (xll) and PowerPivot for Self Services Business Intelligence.

Alternatively, when your company want to expand your cloud operation  to include Email and Calendering, Exchange Online with email like Your company can upgrade to Office 365 Business premium later. This packages include Online Meeting, Messenger Sharepoint Online and Yammer.

If your company upgrade to full cloud packages to include Email and Calendering.  Then your expectation to your ICT Consultant change as follow : 

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