As of July 14, 2015 Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows Server 2003 R2 and this undoubtedly marks the end of an IT era. But what will this mean for you?
Basically, it means that Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for that operating system. Websites will be at risk from crashes, system downtime and security holes. Mission-critical business applications could also be at risk. So if you are still running Windows Server 2003 the sooner you take steps to plan and implement a migration strategy the better. Migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365 will bring you tangible benefits, such as improved performance, protected infrastructure and many more. Today I want to focus on some features available with the Microsoft Office 365.
OneDrive for Business is online storage intended for business purposes only, it’s a place where you can store, sync and share your work data. It lets you update and share files from anywhere and work on Office documents with others at the same time.
All files that you store in OneDrive for Business are private unless you decide to share them. Furthermore, when you send e-mail from Outlook Web App, you can attach an OneDrive for Business file as a link, instead of sending an attachment. This automatically allows the people you send the message to permission to edit your file. In addition you save space in everyone’s mailbox and encourage people to edit the same copy of your file.
Sharepoint is as a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device. All you need is a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox. With this cloud-based service your employees can create sites to share documents and information with co-workers, partners and customers.
Skype for Business is a tool that you may be quite familiar with already. If you use commercial version of Skype to stay in touch with friends and family in your life away from work, you’ll appreciate the power and simplicity of Skype for Business where it’s easy to find and connect with co-workers. And if you’re coming to Skype for Business from Lync, you’ll recognize all of the features you already use but in a fresh new interface with simplified controls and some great new additions, such as:
- New look and feel
- Call from Skype for Business using your desk phone for audio
- Integration with the Skype directory
- Call Monitor
- Rate My Call
- Quick access to call controls
Now you can get everything you need for conversations in one app – IM, audio and video calls, online meetings and sharing. It enables you to meet with up to 250 people – even if they’re not on Skype for Business, all they need is a phone or Internet connection. And because Skype for Business and Office work together, it’s simple to collaborate right from your Office apps.
E-mail encryption enables you to deliver confidential business communications with enhanced security, allowing users to send and receive encrypted e-mail as easily as regular email directly from their desktops. Messages can be encrypted without complex hardware and software to purchase, configure, or maintain, which helps to minimize capital investment and mitigate messaging risks.
Office 365 ProPlus will let you enjoy the latest version of MS Office applications across PCs, Macs, Windows tablets, iPad® and Android™ tablets, as well as most mobile devices. Each user can install Office on up to 5 devices: PCs or Macs, 5 tablets and 5 phones. Users can create and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files via a web browser and collaborate with co-workers in real-time to ease collaboration. Furthermore, there is no need to pay for upgrades as all updates are included in your subscription.
Network It Easy, Inc. has configured a custom collection of Microsoft Online Services for you to try. Review your customized collection here:
https://portal.office.com/partner/partnersignup.aspx?type=Trial&id=00f59110-c0a9-4775-be55-f8ce0c14049d&msppid=565701 (this trial invitation includes 25 user licenses O365 Business Premium Trial)
https://portal.office.com/partner/partnersignup.aspx?type=Trial&id=6025df35-fb72-4238-860a-a6a746eed397&msppid=565701 (this trial invitation includes 25 user licenses O365 Enterprise E3 Trial)
https://portal.office.com/partner/partnersignup.aspx?type=Trial&id=715bcfbe-1f12-4b1f-b675-f0a144ee8663&msppid=565701 (this trial invitation includes 25 user licenses O365 ProPlus Trial)
https://portal.office.com/partner/partnersignup.aspx?type=Trial&id=a04e1ce3-8d67-4e05-93ef-9d81db9f5c8f&msppid=565701 (this trial invitation includes 25 user licenses Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Trial)
https://portal.office.com/partner/partnersignup.aspx?type=Trial&id=feb071d4-8700-4f46-b014-33a1e7c6e9d4&msppid=565701 (this trial invitation includes 5 user licenses Visio Pro for O365)
https://portal.office.com/partner/partnersignup.aspx?type=Trial&id=1d2329ef-5a1c-407b-bbe3-fa00aa171875&msppid=565701 (this trial invitation includes 5 user licenses Project Pro for O365)
If you decide to move to Office 365 with us you will be eligible to install it on up to 5 computers per licensed user as part of select subscriptions.