If we had to choose a single software kit worth the money for a regular subscription, it would be MS Office 365. It’s downright nifty, if we do say so ourselves, and while it may be the first Office kit to be a subscription membership, it’s worth every penny. Here’s why just about every company should consider an Office 365 subscription.
- You no longer have to worry about what happens if a disk drive crashes. Worried about a hard drive crashing and losing your MS Office setup? Not an issue anymore! Microsoft Office allows you to access your account, your software, and up to one Terabyte of data from the cloud. Worrying about lost data is now a nonissue. The cloud drive that Microsoft offers users can be accessed from any device you (or anyone else) owns, so lost files will never be an incident again.
- You also get Skype minutes. Normal Windows Office 2013 doesn’t offer that as a perk. Believe it or not, those calls can save you a pretty penny on international phone call charges, and the quality is often better. You get 60 free Skype minutes per month, so that’s quite a lot of talking to do!
- Upgrades are automatic. Back in the old days, you would have to actually work to keep your program updated and ready for your PC to use. Those updating days are long gone with Office 365, since the program offers regular automatic updates as part of the whole package. You also get full support from Microsoft’s staff, too. It’s also worth noting that the updates help keep both your software and the packages secure, so it’s a win-win situation in terms of network security, too.
- They have packages that accommodate growing companies. Better still, they may be able to save you some money. Small Business covers up to 60 employees, Midsize Business covers up to 300, and Enterprise covers anything over 300. The money that you would spend on a one-time purchase for the software, and the cloud hosting together is generally higher than annual subscriptions for everyone on board.
- Did we mention that it comes with free website hosting? Are you tired of paying for hosting? Well, this is one way to keep your costs down without having to give up actually having a site. The only pitfall to this perk is that you may need to use certain tools to make your site, but it really all depends on the package that you are looking at.
The bottom line is that Office 365 can save you a lot of money in the right circumstances. And, for all that they offer, it’s actually a pretty decent deal. However, it’s true that this package idea isn’t for everyone, so we suggest asking an expert in the IT field to find out whether or not this kind of infrastructure is right for you.