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TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE!
If you're reading this, you're in the technology business. So you probably know that things are moving toward the brave new world of cloud computing. Rather than invest in their own infrastructure, maintenance and support staff, companies are finding that it's easier and cheaper to get their software as a service. Instead of installing it on local drives, the Internet has made it possible to get the same benefits by paying a fee. It's also called utility computing, since it's the same model we're used to for electrical power, water and such.
INSYS is now making this change, by migrating to Office 365 for internal personnel.
WHAT IS OFFICE 365?
Office 365 is actually four different technologies that have been woven together to provide a seamless solution in the cloud. It includes SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Lync (instant messaging, video conferencing and more) and Office 2013 Professional. OneDrive is an added bonus (formerly called SkyDrive), allowing you to store and share photos, videos, documents, and more — anywhere, on any device.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Office 365 will reduce our costs, allow for more easily managed updates and maintenance as well as improve accessibility. Since O365 lives in the cloud, that means you’ll have access to MS tools from anywhere you have an internet connection.
HOW DOES THIS IMPACT ME?
The core applications you're used to will behave much the same way, and the change should be no more disruptive than moving to the next generation of any Microsoft product. We're moving to online versions of Exchange, the basic Office Suite and SharePoint. And we're also getting something new, with the Lync app. It's a chat and voice communication tool that will let you share your screen and host online meetings. It's integrated with the other Office tools, and can even communicate with similar apps like Skype.
There will be some configuration changes you need to understand, particularly if you're using any of these tools with your mobile device. Check the resources section for details.
WHAT’S AVAILABLE TO YOU
SharePoint Online (late 2014)
MOVE TO O365 RESOURCES