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We’ll help you and your team work smarter across all devices thanks to Microsoft’s powerful cloud-based software. Managed migrations with minimal disruption.

Our Bristol IT support team specialises in helping local South West businesses with getting started, migrating email and contacts to Office 365 and increasing your productivity with this brilliant cloud computing solution.

What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is a family of productivity apps for businesses small and large. It includes popular products such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, along with powerful, higher level services such as SharePoint Online and Enterprise Security + Mobility.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a great all-in-one communication tool. With its easy to use messaging app, document sharing tools, and online workspace, your teams can collaborate securely on projects wherever they are. The Teams tool keeps all your data secure and can be accessed from your laptop, Mac, tablet or phone.

What are the benefits of Microsoft 365?

Work from anywhere on any device.

All you need to access Microsoft 365 is an internet connection. This is particularly attractive to businesses with people who work from home or travel between offices. Your team can access their emails, documents, and applications from their work PC or home Mac, from an iPhone or Android tablet.

Security and disaster recovery

In the past businesses needed to invest in server hardware and software to manage things like company emails and provide file storage. With Microsoft 365 everything is stored in the cloud, all of your company data is safe should a laptop be stolen or server equipment breaks.

Easily collaborate with teams and clients

Sharing and collaboration features are built into Microsoft 365. Changes to documents and spreadsheets can be tracked by users across an organisation without different versions being generated. With emails, calendars and contacts synchronised across each of your devices, you can easily manage projects and ensure everyone remains on track.

Flexible monthly costs

Migrating to Microsoft 365 gives businesses the flexibility to scale up or down with a predictable cost structure. The monthly billing structure allows you to pay for what you use and nothing more. As you don’t need to worry about big upfront costs associated with buying Microsoft Office licenses it is easier to fit your software costs into your monthly budgets.

Access to the latest software

Microsoft 365 subscribers always have access to the latest version of Microsoft products. Everyone gets to upgrade at the same time.

Rebranding from Office 365?

Office 365 was rebranded to Microsoft 365 in April 2020 and contained the same apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It was a separate bundle from the then Microsoft 365, which were plans that included Office 365 plus a host of enterprise-level management and analysis software.

By fully bringing the Office 365 brand under Microsoft 365’s fold, Microsoft aims to unify their family of products under one recognisable name. However, it should be noted that the names of Enterprise plans (E1, E3, E5) will remain unchanged.

Microsoft 365 features

  • Access to Enterprise class Exchange Email hosting with many additional features.
  • Microsoft’s renowned suite of Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher* and Access* (*PC Only).
  • Data storage using OneDrive / Groups / Teams / Sharepoint and the ability to stay in touch with your business and personal contacts via Skype.
  • Microsoft 365 works on multiple devices including PCs and Macs, iOS, Android and Windows tablets and phones. The software is automatically updated and features have been optimised for collaborating via mobile apps.

Great care must be taken to securely implement these platforms. Standard out of the box settings are not secure and everything is cloud facing. The apps need to be carefully configured so you are adhering to GDPR data protection policies and doing your utmost to secure your company data.

Why migrate to Microsoft 365?

If you are currently using any of these platforms:

Pop Email – Basic email that doesn’t sync across different devices, this can be from any internet provider such as GoDaddy, Fasthosts, 123 Reg, etc. It usually comes as a package connected to your company domain name.

IMAP Email – Email that is synced across your devices but doesn’t have any features such as shared and synced calendars or contacts. This could be provided by 123 Reg, Rackspace, GoDaddy, and Fasthosts.

2008 SBS Small Business Server – This will usually be a server hosted onsite, this can range from a noisy server sitting under someone’s desk or in a dark cupboard, to a server room full of racks.

Hosted Exchange – This could be from Cobweb, Giacom, Nasstar, Rackspace. It is Exchange email hosted on a server by another company. With this you will have email Synced across all devices, shared Calendars, Shared Contacts, and shared mailboxes.

All the features of Hosted Exchange are included in the most basic Microsoft 365 package, plus a lot more. It’s a one time move, once you are on the platform, you will not need to move again.

G-Suite – We can securely migrate you to Microsoft 365 from G-Suite, you may have a new CTO that prefers Microsoft 365 over G-Suite.

Kerio Mailserver – You may have a system in house, these are popular with Mac users.

Office 365 – You may have bought Office 365 from another provider, only to find out it’s a cut down version, BT, GoDaddy, Fasthosts and other providers supply these, we can securely migrate you to your new platform.

Microsoft 365 – You may have a tenant for multiple domains and businesses and are now splitting the company up, or you may have sold part of it. We can securely migrate the required mailboxes to a separate domain and Microsoft 365 tenant. You may have just acquired a new business and want to migrate the existing mailboxes into your Microsoft 365 tenant.

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