Office 365 Cloud

Welcome to 2017 and welcome to Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud!

For the past several months, the Advantage team has been successfully migrating our clients from local Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange applications, to the new Office 365 email system.  We’ve been testing, migrating and implementing new Office 365 email and Skype instant messaging features. We’ve also been testing new Office 365 productivity applications and functionality as well.  We can confidently say, Office 365 in the cloud is a winner!  Your organization should give Office 365 a serious review, and Advantage can help.

The Microsoft Office 365 cloud now allows many great features.  Some of these include:

  • Microsoft Outlook business class email in the cloud.  Stay synced on your various devices.  Utilize Microsoft’s cloud email security to prevent or minimize email spam.
  • Office Applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note and Publisher, some of which now allow for real time team collaboration across the office, or remotely!
  • Skype Instant Messaging, which allows for immediate team and department communications, without the need to push emails back and forth.  Video capabilities allow for team meetings without further third party software.
  • Significant cloud storage: 50GB for each mailbox, with an additional 1TB of cloud file storage.

If your business is still utilizing Exchange servers, or local Microsoft application installations, Office 365 is definitely worth a look.  Advantage can help you determine cost savings, improved team collaboration and productivity.

Advantage can help you plan your move to the Office 365 cloud.  Typically, we start with a move of your Hosted Exchange email to the Office 365 Outlook cloud application.  Once this migration successfully completes, Advantage can offer support on the range of applications included in your Office 365 plan.

Contact Craig Nusinov or Russell Smith today to reserve time for an onsite demonstration of Office 365.

Solid State Drives – Make The Upgrade

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

Check out the quick video below, which compares older ‘spindle disk’ hard drives, with faster Solid State hard drives. The author of the video narrates the difference in start times between a 5400 RPM, 7200 RPM and a Samsung EVO Solid State drive. If you are still using an older spindle drive in your machine, you are literally losing minutes to hours per day depending upon frequency of use and bootup and boot down times for the operating system and various programs you use.

What is even more impressive, and based on our experience as well, is the new life boost your machine can receive with an SSD hard disk.  Your operating system will pop to life, and be much more responsive.  Large program files, like Office 365, or even larger files generated as .pdf or CAD/CAM files will open much quicker, and on the whole, your machine will just feel quicker and more efficient. If you are thinking about this type of upgrade for your current fleet, Advantage engineers can help you make the right decision.  We have the experience in purchasing, installation, proper backups, complete restores, and elimination of unnecessary programs and files while the migration installs.

The end of the year is a great time to make hardware purchases.  Many SSD manufacturers are slashing prices, and drives are literally half the cost OR less than they were just one year ago.  And, the quality continues to improve in terms of speed and performance.

Call or email and let us know how we can serve you and your business to improve computer productivity.