How to ensure access to Office 365 on a range of devices
In an increasingly competitive business environment, companies need to exploit every possible opportunity to boost productivity and raise overall output. IT undoubtedly has an important role to play - it has become integral to so many organisations' daily activities and has the potential to add significant value.
The use of cloud services in particular can help companies operate more efficiently and effectively. Through Microsoft's online productivity suite Office, businesses can access a whole range of cloud-based tools which can make their employees' lives easier.
Online access to Microsoft solutions such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Lync, Access and Outlook means users are able to use them on almost any connected device. As such, professionals have greater freedom to choose where they work, and also when.
Office 365 offers flexibility to users
Employees can access their work files, documents and programs from home PCs, Wi-Fi enabled laptops, and mobile broadband tablets. This means they can access their email inboxes and keep in touch with clients and colleagues from any connected location.
Office 365 is designed to offer maximum flexibility to individual users. Once a company has subscribed to the online productivity service, users are able to gain access by signing in with their Microsoft username and password. They can do so on up to five registered devices, allowing them to switch seamlessly from fixed to portable solutions, or vice-versa, according to demand.
Installing Office 365 on multiple computers
Should an employee gain a new connected device - such as a new Surface 2 in their Christmas stocking - they can easily set up Office 365 access. Users who have already installed Office on five different devices using their account can simply change one of the registrations.
The first step is to remove Office 365 from one of the devices. To do this, click or tap 'Deactivate' under 'PC + Mac Installs' on your account page. This page lists the devices on which Office 365 is available. It also offers information on the number of installs a user has left.
Office 365 will remain on the device once deactivated, but only in read-only mode. So you cannot do any more active work using Microsoft tools and applications, but can still view and print documents. To begin working on them again, you either need to use a different registered device or reactivate Office 365.
What options are there for new customers?
A variety of options exist for companies seeking online productivity solutions in the cloud. These include Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Enterprise.
Businesses that subscribe to these packages can equip their people with anywhere access to the latest Office applications and hosted IT services. Users simply need to ensure their computers meet or exceed the minimum system requirements for each product.
Find out more about Microsoft Office 365 by clicking here.