When it comes to the state of the cloud in 2019, Microsoft is clearly the world leader. The tech giant is not only one of the most trusted names among cloud services, but it also reigns over the $15 billion market for business productivity tools. Businesses are currently making the shift to Microsoft 365 so they can access information more easily and faster.
Recently, AT&T selected Microsoft as its preferred cloud provider for non-network applications. The new multi-year partnership will move most of AT&T’s employees to Microsoft 365 by 2024, according to Microsoft News Center. The agreement also includes the workforce utilizing the Microsoft Azure computing service as AT&T moves towards becoming a “cloud first company.”
Global enterprises are not the only ones embracing cloud innovation. Small and medium-sized businesses are also transitioning to Microsoft 365 because it is faster, better and cost efficient. With Microsoft putting the vast majority of its resources into product integration, you will eventually have two options: migrate or get left behind. So, now is the time to proactively consider making the jump. We will highlight the product’s different capabilities and unique advantages to help you determine if it is the right fit for your business.
What is Microsoft 365?
Microsoft 365 is a combination of Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security to create a seamless, interconnected experience across all devices. Here is a rundown of all three categories: Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
Almost everyone is familiar with the traditional Office suite programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. However, Microsoft updated its legacy software to Office 365, launching in 2011. [NM1] The subscription-based program provides automatic updates and allows you to work exclusively on or off-line from any device. Depending on the plan you choose, the subscriptions include enhanced functionality and user features including:
- Exchange Online
- Skype for Business
- OneDrive for Business
Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest and most secure operating system running across computers, tablets, phones, game consoles and several other devices. The system actively reduces security threats with BitLocker and Windows Defender Anti-Virus. You can also access Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana and the new browser Microsoft Edge.
Enterprise Mobility + Security
For any organization, managing mobile productivity can bring on a set of potential risks and challenges. With this in mind, Microsoft engineered its Enterprise Mobility + Security platform as a guide for Office 365 users to keep corporate data and employee information safe. The EMS solution includes four products:
- Azure Active Directory Premium
- Microsoft Intune
- Azure Rights Management
- Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics
Hands down, Microsoft 365 is the most powerful productivity suite on the market. In regard to benefits, moving towards cloud technologies increases efficiency while significantly lowering costs. If you would like to setup a consultation regarding cloud services or need help getting the software up and running for your business, contact us here. For more information about Microsoft Office 365 and other applications, visit the support page here.