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Audience: Small Business and Professionals
As a professional or small business, what technology can you absolutely not live without? Most would probably say email and calendars. With the increasingly fast pace of business, having the latest messages and appointments at your fingertips is crucial to serving your customers, taking advantage of opportunities, and staying on top of your busy day.
Productivity on your time
With Office 365, you don’t have to download email in batches or cable your phone to a PC to sync your calendar. Your inbox and calendar stay up-to-date whether you access them through Microsoft Outlook on your PC, through a Web browser using Outlook Web App, or your Windows Phone, iPhone, Android device, or BlackBerry.* That means you can work when and where you want and respond in real time.
With a massive 25 gigabyte mailbox, you don’t have to waste time deleting old messages and you can keep vital information stored in email as long as you need to. You can even send attachments up to 25 megabytes in size, so you can send graphics, videos, PowerPoint presentations, or massive documents without fear.
Nobody likes to waste time dealing with spam or lose information to computer viruses. For professionals and small businesses, these issues can bring your productivity to a halt. Office 365 gets these nuisances out of your way with built-in virus and spam protection that’s always up to date. Gone are the days of downloading virus scanner updates or having your system resources sucked up by local scans. Office 365 kills risky email dead before it ever reaches your inbox without you having to lift a finger.
Do more with your day
Phone calls, meetings, deadlines, business travel…your calendar is your life. Office 365 lets you share calendars with members of your team so you spend less time scheduling and more time doing. You can see when people are free or busy and automatically find a time that works for everyone on your team. You can even publish your calendar online so your partners and customers know when you’re available. Your calendar stays up-to-date on your phone, your PC, and even when you access it through a Web browser.
Friendly and familiar
If you use Microsoft Outlook as your productivity hub, you’ll love Office 365. No need to learn a new interface—Office 365 is designed to work with Outlook. You can use all those handy features such as sending meeting invitations, flagging messages, setting up search folders, and viewing multiple calendars at once. You’ll have your email, calendar, tasks, notes, and contacts all in one place. And, you can get work done when you’re offline—say, on a plane or at a customer’s site—and sync everything next time you connect.
-Allen, Office 365 Product Manger
* BlackBerry Internet Service only. Users of Blackberry Internet Service get push email and can add calendar and contacts to their Blackberry device through a wired sync with Outlook on the PC.
thanks for a great summary of the cool email features in Office 365!
I was reading the office 365 blog this morning and they posted this: http://community.office365
Just a quick question about the email functionality - does this mean email will *not* be deleted from the server online, but will remain fully accessible to any device?
One problem I've had is using Outlook on a desktop and laptop - at present, POP3 email is deleted once Outlook connects, so different devices end up with different email records and it's a pain having to move them around.
And as my Outlook database is about 4GB, moving it around between devices creates it's own issues, not least security.
I was planning to migrate to Google Apps as am under the impression that GMail retains local copies of all email, so regardless what device you use, all Outlook records remain the same.
Could you please advise if this is the case with Office 365? Simply that this is a selling point that would keep my company within Microsoft products, because at present we need to start moving emails and data into the cloud for redundancy and security purposes, so if Microsoft can offer this, our company would be in.
@BriteMediaEd Office365 is much more capable than old POP3 email and yes, your messages (& calendar and contacts) will live on the server ("in the cloud"), and be synchronized between every client... for example, the desktop, the laptop and the phone. You will be limited to 25GB (you said you are currently using 4GB), so once you approach 25 you'll need to delete old items.
While you are waiting for Office365 to become available, you can change a setting in Outlook to allow incoming POP3 messages to get delivered to more than one client. (This is pretty much the way all POP3 clients work.) Under Accounts, you can find your email account, edit the settings, find and click "More Settings" and go to "Advanced." Then, check off "Leave a copy of messages on the server" and check both boxes beneath that. Do this on each copy of Outlook that accesses the account. This way, Outlook will leave new messages on the server for awhile and give other clients time to get a copy.
If you need help finding that setting or have other questions feel free to ask me on twitter (@whyjoe).
Many thanks for the reply, very much appreciated. At present emails are hosted on our own server, so there are multiple reasons why we wouldn't be happy to keep them saved there, not least space and security considerations.
Sounds like Officer 365 is going to do exactly what we need - I had already been looking to take the company the Open Office + Gmail Apps route, which frankly would have felt messy.
At least MS Office keeps everything integrated, so Office 365 sounds ideal.
Thanks for the article, but the office365 is not good enough to pay for it. google Apps is better and free
Just checked it out 'excitedly', but OOPS! - Google Apps for Business need at $50 per user per year. NO COMMENT!
Is the "Outlook Web Application" the same as OWA used with Exchange now? Does "journal" sync in this version (although I understand it may not appear in OWA as it does not now)? Are color categories supported, etc.?
Will there be anymore tools added to edit websites with the new 365? Gallery images are very limited at the moment, is there any change there?
Plus will it be more cross browser friendly? A slide-show looks bad in Safari it gets put halfway down the page!
@Bruce and ATeschner: Office 365 provides much more than Office 365, so you need to compare apples to apples here. Here is a review from CRN: "Office 365, frankly, is to Google Apps as XBOX 360 Live is to Pong."
@mike: Exchange Online is similar to OWA but with tweaks. Might be good to check out the service descriptions: www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx
@LouiseY: we are always making adjustments and fixes to our product, especially as we here from customers in our beta. I can't answer what will get added or fixed tho. Thanks for the feedback.
I like to have trial in Office 365 feature :)
We'd love to have a single business site that supports all our needs -- including the ability to send secure FTPs to clients (something like sharefile.com). Any plans to allow secure FTP?
SharePoint Online support "external users" for free (up to 50 per month). These users can access your files from your online site with the link you provide, and you can give them view, edit and download rights. Not exactly FTP, but does the same thing in the end.
We have clients that use ACT! with local MS Outlookand who would love to use Office365 going forward. ACT! needs access to a local email cache to record emails. Will this be possible, will it need Microsoft to provide an API?
@Matt. Office 365 still allows you the ability to sync with Outlook just like you usually would...the Outlook application works just the same as it would today, so your scenario here will continue to work just like it always did.