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What's New for Office 365 in 2018?

  Are you maximizing the capabilities of your office phone network  This year’s Office 365 is perhaps its most powerful and easy-to-use version yet.

The need-to-know changes that will affect your team and business

Microsoft's latest version of its flagship suite is now out, and this year's update comes with some significant upgrades for systems admins and end users alike. Some of our favourite features are the refreshed version of Office 365 Email and stronger security functionality, which make this year’s iteration of Office 365 well worth the cost of upgrading. Read on for the key features to take note of in this year’s release - no matter if you’re in Kelowna or Penticton, they’re well worth leveraging for your business!

More centralized IT management capabilities

In the past year, quite a few of our clients in the Kamloops area have been asking us how they can more effectively manage their organizations for an IT perspective. Fortunately for all of us, Microsoft has come through with a solution for us on this front! This year, Office 365 is equipped with centralized IT management functionality that allows IT administrators to do manage all of their organization's devices in one cloud-based solution. Admins now have the ability to quickly deploy software updates, Office add-ins, and more - all through one easy-to-use interface.

Advanced security features

In this year's edition of Office 365, you'll also get a full suite of advanced security features specifically designed for small to medium-sized businesses. The new Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance Center makes it easy to spot threats before they affect your organization, and Microsoft's proprietary Advanced Threat Protection system is now available for all users along with its standard anti-virus and firewall software. Whether you’re running a nonprofit in scenic Vernon or overseeing a small online retail business in Kamloops, these security features will help you secure your business data, and be proactive about addressing any vulnerabilities!

An upgraded version of Skype for Business

Skype for Business is Microsoft's flagship VOIP product, and its integration across the entire Office 365 suite is deeper than ever. It's a great way to standardize VOIP phone systems across your organization, and as an added bonus, it now syncs flawlessly with Outlook. Our clients in the Thompson/Okanagan area love this feature, as it dramatically simplifies scheduling conference calls and client meetings for their teams.

This year's iteration of Office 365 is Microsoft’s most powerful version yet, and it shows. The numerous features for small to medium-sized businesses are well thought-out, and many of our clients have already reported great success in leveraging it for their organizational IT needs.

If you'd like to further explore how Office 365 could help fulfill your company's IT and technical support needs, feel free to book a free consultation with our team, and we'll be in touch right away. We look forward to speaking with you!


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