What is Office 365?

Office 365 is a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that combines the traditional Microsoft Office desktop applications, Microsoft application services, and some new productivity services, all of which are enabled as consumable services from within Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.

Launched by Microsoft back in June 2011, this subscription-based service is  paid on either a monthly or annual basis providing an incredibly cost-effective way for organisations to consume their productivity workloads.

Office 365 contains the same core desktop applications as the traditional versions of Microsoft Office, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, as well as a suite of other apps and online services for cloud file storage, secure communication, and collaboration. Tools such as Planner, OneDrive, Exchange, SharePoint, Yammer and Microsoft Teams all come together to provide an unparalleled user experience.

Office 365 enables you to:

  • Reduce on-premises server footprint by migrating communication and collaboration services to the cloud
  • Use a single username and password for all application logons
  • Access your data from anywhere – securely
  • Automate key business processes