Productivity on the go is Microsoft’s big bet for the future
The kind of work we do at Techjaja knows no boundaries and trust me, most of the ridiculous or controversial stories from our editorial ranks did not find any of us seated at our comfort. It might have been on the daily commute, a boring night out, at the coffee shop and all this is enabled by us tapping into the power of mobile and collaborative cloud services such as Office 365. Office 365 being a collective of productivity services and software from Microsoft.
While I can leave home with a burning idea, I can jot down a few notes on my smartphone on my way to work and finish it up later on the big screen at office without necessarily feeling the bulk of carrying any hardware like cables, flash disks as were the case before Microsoft Office was spruced up to what is Office 365 today.
Whereas the legacy Microsoft Office hasn’t waned in importance, its cloud sibling is at the center of the future as anyone (You and me) can create docs, notes, presentations, spreadsheets and make use of a host of other software and services on the go. The apps are available under the Office Everywhere initiative that sees them distributed freely both on Android and iOS( for screens of not more than 10.1inches) while maintaining most power futures for anyone who wishes to upgrade to Office 365.
It doesn’t just stop at Office apps as we’ve come to know them, the whole office 365 catalogue is a suite of productivity services embedded together like email, Skype, storage services, social networking among others.
A single office 365 subscription (depending on user) can work across a multiple of gadgets depending on one’s subscription plan. Once one is hooked on the Office 365 platform,there is not turning back since the price, accessibility, storage and a slew of other services are an attraction.
A basic Office 365 Home subscription for $9.99 allows one install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 smartphones and Tablets and whatever docs, notes, presentations you do on all these gadgets can be accessed anywhere on anyone of them, call it the power of Office 365’s cloud services. You can do a draft on your smartphone, save it in OneDrive only to spice and fire it up on your PC for the final edit and in the process, it boosts productivity given one can solely or collaborate on a project with a team remotely and get better end results thus saving on resource wastage like time and monies.
Office 365 comes with 1TB of OneDrive storage and you’re able to share your subscription with four other people and the same benefits accrue to them while they even get additional OneDrive storage. Talk of more than 10 Office Online apps, Outlook, data loss prevention and enhanced security, free 60 Skype minutes per month among others at a price that won’t break the bank.
Whilst the above is a kill, wait before we spill the beans that you get to download the latest Microsoft Office and all future Office updates free of charge with the same subscription.
Azure the future of cloud computing
Office 365 sits on Azure, the latter being Microsoft’s cloud platform. Microsoft boost’s of having created the platform on four principles that is; security, privacy and control, compliance and control. These four sit on top of Office 365 but can be taken advantage of by business’ as well that always can’t afford the level of sophistication they need in terms of IT infrastructure.
The bulk of this sophistication is handled by the Azure platform since it is a growing collection of integrated cloud services – analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web – for moving faster, achieving more and saving money.
What this means for business’ is that they don’t have to incur costs of deploying their own hardware like networking equipment, software and manpower to run their inhouse ICT solutions given Azure handle’s all the above at a small fee. All they have to do is make use of Azure’s vast infrastructure ( with over 100 data centers in 19 regions in over 140 countries counting nearly 1000 new subscriptions/month) which offers hybrid solutions combining the best of online and traditional servers, and easily integrates with existing IT infrastructure for those that have it already in place.
How? Azure already has unique integral relationships with Oracle, IBM, SAP and Red Hat.