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5 Reasons to move your email to the cloud with Office 365

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Cloud based solutions are now making professional, enterprise level email solutions available to everyone at a tiny cost.

The investment in servers, infrastructure, expertise and staff training required to set up and maintain server infrastructure to do the same job can make the decision to start off in, or move to the cloud a bit of a no-brainer. These are the 5 biggest drivers we have found that push systems into the cloud…

Cost
Microsoft now offer Exchange Online, part of Office 365, accounts for a staggering £2.60 per user. This gives you almost all the features as an exchange server at a tiny fraction of the cost.

Functionality
Share mail calendars and contacts with co-workers, create distribution groups. Create a professional business email system even if there is only one person in your organisation without breaking the bank.

Flexibility
Work anywhere, on your PC, your phone, tablet or anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Your email is available wherever you are. If your business grows you know what the cost will be, no massive bill as you add hardware and licenses.

Security
Let someone else worry about your backup, the security of your mail server and your anti-spam solution. How many people do you know who have their whole life in email stored on a PC with no backup? We use Microsoft because they have huge resources to throw at maintaining their systems.

Storage
How much email do you store? Many users are limited to measly mailbox quotas and strict rules. Cloud storage is cheap and robust. Exchange Online accounts now provide 50GB of storage space per user.

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Are there any potential pitfalls?
You always need to check the speed of your internet connection when considering cloud services, especially when large numbers of users are involved. Some cloud email providers are neither cheap nor reliable. Make sure you do your homework before signing up. Many cloud solutions will require changes to your company domain name. Make sure you don’t lose control of your domain and your website and any other domain related services won’t be affected.

Microsoft offer a free, no obligation, 30 day trial of Office 365. To try now click here

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