Office 365 is the brand name Microsoft uses for a group of software and services subscriptions, which together provide productivity software and related services to law firms.
In the past the issue for law firms has been keeping to the Microsoft Office versions that were applicable and useable with the applications software, mainly practice management software the firm was using at the time.
This often caused grief as back editions were no longer supported and integration issues were always a concern.
Another big issue in the past was the connectivity with home computers and appliances.
Office 365 for business users now allows the use of Microsoft Office apps on Windows and OS X, provides storage space on Microsoft's cloud storage service OneDrive, and grants Skype minutes per month. For business users, Office 365 offers plans providing e-mail and social networking services through hosted versions of Exchange Server, Skype for Business Server, SharePoint and Office Online, integration with Yammer, as well as access to the Microsoft Office software.
One of the big deals with this new licencing model is the fact you are constantly current with the latest versions of the Microsoft suite and you have access of up to 5 devices per licence. This also offer anywhere computing.
For many firms this can be the start of the use of the CLOUD as an environment and can get around nervousness associated with the move to CLOUD services. It can also represent a reduction in maintenance services as Mail Servers in house become a thing of the past.
Each firm will have different requirements and licencing needs and possibly a migration strategy for existing data on the current platform.
Speak with MISER representatives for the right advice and deployment given our specialisation with the legal application side and integration needs you will have in your firm.