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Microsoft Business 365 – Here is what you need to know
Microsoft 365 is the new name for the Microsoft Office 365 monthly subscription plan designed to help you achieve more. Innovative Office apps, intelligent cloud services, and world-class security bring your content together for a seamless organisation.
With a Microsoft 365 subscription, you can collaborate with your team members, customers, and suppliers, access your application and data from anywhere. Latest features are continuously updating and evolving.
Microsoft announced their latest product name changes for the small and medium-sized business Microsoft Office 365 Subscriptions plans in April 2020.
Many people are still getting confused by the name changes, so we have listed the basics below:
|New Name||Old Name|
|Microsoft 365 Business Basic||Office 365 Business Essentials|
|Microsoft 365 Business Standard||Office 365 Business Premium|
|Microsoft 365 Business Premium||Microsoft 365 Business|
|Microsoft 365 Apps||Office 365 Business & Office 365 ProPlus*|
* Where necessary Microsoft will use the “for enterprise” label to refer to ProPlus.
Plans & Pricing
If you choose to purchase directly from Microsoft, they currently offer two payment options. A lower option if you take an annual commitment or a higher if you want the flexibility of a month by month subscription. You must pay by Credit Card.
If you chose to purchase from us at Cirrus IT Services (a Microsoft Partner), we pass on savings to our customers. The licenses we buy from a Cloud Service Provider enable us to match the Microsoft annual commitment price AND offer monthly flexibility. With Cirrus IT Services, you can give just 30-days’ notice to flex up and down your product license requirements. You can also pay by Direct Debit or by Credit Card.
Stay connected and productive with a clear, unified view of your email, calendar, contacts, and files.
View, edit, or create spreadsheets from anywhere, collaborate on workbooks in real-time and get a better picture of your data with Microsoft Excel.
Bring out your best writing, collaborate with anyone, anywhere, and work the way you want with Microsoft Word.
Take your presentations to the next level, co-author presentations wherever you are, and present with confidence with Microsoft PowerPoint.
OneNote is your digital notebook for capturing and organising everything across your devices. Jot down your ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, a clip from the web or make a to-do list, as well as draw and sketch your ideas.
Precisely style text, alongside your picture designs, borders, calendars, and more. In Publisher everything you add stays exactly the way you’ve designed it, in print, online, or email.
Access is an easy-to-use tool for creating business applications, from templates or scratch. Rich and intuitive design tools can help you create appealing and highly functional applications in a minimal amount of time.
Do more wherever you are with secure access, sharing, and file storage—at work, at home, or on the go.
Exchange business email helps increase user productivity while protecting your organisation’s data. Get it as a hosted service or run it on your servers.
Bring people, content, and applications together for seamless collaboration across your organisation.
Simplify modern workplace management and achieve digital transformation with Microsoft Intune. Create the most productive Microsoft 365 environment for users to work on devices and apps they choose while protecting data.
Teams is your hub for teamwork in Microsoft 365, where you can chat, meet, call, and collaborate in one place, from wherever you are.
Improve engagement and enhance communication in your organisation. Build communities of interest, gather ideas and feedback, and keep everyone informed, aligned, and moving forward with help from Yammer.
Power BI puts visual analytics at your fingertips. With this powerful authoring tool, you can create interactive data visualisations and reports.
Azure Information Protection
Configure policies to classify, label and protect data based on its sensitivity. Classification with Azure Information Protection is fully automatic, driven by users or based on recommendation.
Existing Microsoft Customers
Changing providers is a little like changing Gas or Electricity providers; the only thing that changes is the company that invoices you.
Microsoft 365 Business or Enterprise account (Not Home Editions) have a Tenant – your own private Microsoft 365 Management console – where your account, data and settings live.
As a Microsoft Partner, we can easily take over any existing Microsoft 365 Tenant with no disruption. Hence, you’re safe in the knowledge that you are not tied to any provider. You can switch as required without losing any data or having to go through any downtime or reconfiguration.
New Microsoft Customers
If you do not already have a Microsoft Business Tenant, they’re easy to set up. As Microsoft Partners, we have tools available to easily import email from other providers to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Microsoft also offers lots of excellent simple training videos and guides on how to make the most of your Microsoft 365 Subscription.
If you want to find out more or take out a Microsoft 365 subscription, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org