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Top Alternatives to Your Standard Office Suite

Posted In MS office - By Techtiplib on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 With No Comments »

There has been a big trend in recent years towards offering services which have traditionally only been available as physical products or downloads,  as cloud services that are fully hosted online. Adobe have adopted this model with its Creative Cloud service, which lets users have full use of programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects for a set monthly fee.

Office Suite

Cloud-based office suites

Office suites are an essential tool for any business and with so many other business applications now using the cloud, it makes sense that office suites would follow suit. The benefits of cloud computing are well documented at this point, which is why so many businesses are switching to cloud-based software.

While there are many cloud-based office suites available, by far the most popular is Microsoft Office 365. It enables users to access fully functional Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint without any need to download the programs to your computer. It also provides full access to your emails via Outlook.

Why business owners are hesitant to switch to cloud-based office suites

Although Office 365 is an incredibly popular office suite, many business owners are hesitant to make the switch to it. The reason for this is that often businesses will have a highly-customized Exchange system in place that has enhanced security, archiving and data redundancy. They may well fear that switching to a cloud service such as Office 365 will not provide the same level of service and protection. The cost and complexity of implementing several on-premises solutions is a big roadblock for migrating to the cloud.

There’s also the fact that many business owners simply aren’t well informed when it comes to cloud office suites such as Office 365 and what benefits they provide. While these are reasonable concerns, there are a number of services out there that enable you to get all the benefits of a cloud-based office suite without having to compromize on security and features.

Getting the most from Microsoft Office 365

One of the best services that enhances the Office 365 experience is theUnified Risk Management for Office 365 service provided by Mimecast. In addition to offering a unified email management service, Mimecast also provides a range of services that are designed to improve the experience of using Office programmes for users, particularly when it comes to email functionality and security.

The Mimecast Office 365 service offers a number of key benefits such as broad spectrum email security, journal archiving, the ability to send large files as well as a host of other features that make it an invaluable resource for business owners looking to get the most out of their business.

What Mimecast provides is best thought of as a ‘risk mitigation’ service. It eliminates a lot of the key concerns held by business owners and reduces the risks associated to switching all business email entirely to the cloud. This means you can make the switch with full confidence and not have to purchase any additional software to get the experience you require. 

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