Paying a monthly subscription for the software needed to run a business (Microsoft 365 as an example) is swiftly becoming the preferred licensing route.
By leveraging the power of its own infrastructure to put all of the productivity software businesses need at their fingertips, at a very affordable cost per user per month, Microsoft is leading the charge in this regard.
And the subscription model is improving all the time.
The aptly-named Microsoft 365 subscription gives organisations the flexibility to add and remove Office and Windows 10 users as and when they are needed. But that’s not all it does. The new offering also elevates its users’ security policy and simplifies the management of this process.
So, here are five ways Microsoft 365 subscriptions can help your business flourish.
1. Scale up – and down – as needed
From a central control panel, businesses can allocate and de-allocate Office 365 and Windows 10 licenses on the fly with their Microsoft 365 subscription.
Need to add a single contractor to your regular staff complement for 30 days? Simply allocate them one of your Microsoft 365 licenses, then revoke it when they leave. This means you only pay for Office and Windows for a single user for a month and save money over the long term.
2. Licensing Visibility
Complexity is a thing of the past. Gone are the days of wondering how many Windows licenses you’ve bought, and whether they’re all in use or sitting around doing nothing and costing you money. Centralised cloud-based management of your Microsoft 365 subscription means crystal-clear visibility into your license situation at any given time.
3. No more storage worries
Every Microsoft 365 license comes with 1000GB – that’s a full terabyte – of OneDrive cloud storage per user, per year.
OneDrive stores any kind of file, and Office’s Web Apps allow for seamless sharing and live collaboration on files stored on OneDrive, making for an excellent collaboration experience as well as a great way to manage business documents. And because of its deep integration with Windows and Office, users can even work on the same document at the same time.
4. World-class cybersecurity
Microsoft’s infrastructure enjoys built-in advanced threat protection that protects all of its data from external threats. That means your business data is protected to the highest standards, even against ransomware – the latest security worry for businesses around the world.
And with data loss protection, information is protected both inside and outside your organisation, so you don’t need to worry that it’s not safe even when it’s not being accessed from your core network.
5. Always-on availability
Your Windows 10 and Office 365 features will (almost) always be available, as Microsoft offers 99.99% guaranteed uptime.
0.01% of a year works out to a maximum of 53 minutes of downtime.
It all translates into tremendous reliability – exactly the kind of operational reassurance that helps business owners sleep at night.
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Starting at just US$20 per user, per month, Microsoft 365 is an incredibly affordable way to get Office and Windows for every one of your staff, and removes the worry that you’re spending too much on licensing with its flexible scalability.
If this sounds like something you’d benefit from, please get in touch as we can definitely hook you up!
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