Business Productivity with Microsoft Online Services (BPOS) - Office 365

By: Switched Online  09-12-2011
Keywords: Microsoft Exchange, Business Productivity, Office Communications

In today’s competitive global market, businesses need technology that enables flexibility and that can cost-effectively add value to their organization. Internet-based hosted services, commonly known as cloud services, provide a way to meet these objectives. They deliver feature-rich productivity tools to users while helping to relieve the burden of managing and maintaining business systems—freeing up company resources to focus on initiatives that can deliver true competitive advantage.

Microsoft has a long history of developing and delivering innovative software and services for businesses and individuals. Designed to meet unique business needs, Microsoft’s software-plus services vision brings together the best of rich on-premise applications and flexible online services to give companies ready access to the latest messaging and collaboration tools – without costly deployment and time-consuming maintenance. Microsoft® Online Services reliably delivers 99.9 percent scheduled uptime and carries a financially backed service level agreement.

Microsoft Online Services provides the powerful productivity capabilities of Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server, Microsoft Office Communications Server, and Microsoft Office Live Meeting — all hosted online and all up and running quickly and easily without the upfront costs of an on-premise deployment. The suite of productivity tools enables workers to communicate and collaborate effectively, while enabling IT resources to focus on more business-critical tasks. And with the services hosted by Microsoft, organizations can have peace of mind knowing that experts are managing their IT and that the services will be available when they are needed.

 Features and Benefits

Microsoft Online Services makes it easy for businesses to leverage and rapidly deploy familiar Microsoft server products as flexible services. 

These hosted services — Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS) — include the following: 

Microsoft Exchange Online

Microsoft SharePoint Online

Share documents, contacts, calendars, and tasks in a single location.  Based on Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft SharePoint Online delivers rich collaboration capabilities that enable team members to flexibly and efficiently collaborate, find organizational resources, search your intranet, and manage content and workflow. 

Microsoft Office Live Meeting

Connect with colleagues and customers through real time meetings, training sessions, and events using only a PC with an Internet connection.  Hosted web conferencing services from Microsoft Office Live Meeting give your employees the power to collaborate wherever they are, to set up project meetings, brainstorm ideas, and collaborate on whiteboards without the cost and hassle of travel.

Microsoft Office Communication Online

Enable users to find and rapidly connect with the right person from the applications they use most.  Office Communications Online provides streamlined access to rich presence and instant messaging capabilities that are centrally hosted and work with a range of Microsoft Office system programs.

Behind the Scenes

Each Microsoft data center, located strategically throughout the world, houses a highly reliable complex of equipment that provides seamless connectivity to the Microsoft Online suite of services. This global network of geo-redundant data centers provides around the clock access to your business-critical collaboration services,and helps keep your data safe.

With Microsoft Online Services, you retain control over the services offered to your end users. Microsoft Online Services work seamlessly with Microsoft Active Directory®, so you can continue to manage user policies centrally and control which services are available to your existing users. A single administrative panel——with consoles for provisioning, usage, monitoring, and support—enables simple and centralized management.

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Keywords: Business Productivity, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office Live, Microsoft Online, Office Communications, Sharepoint Online,

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