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Why Office 365?

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Gain Access Virtually Anywhere

Office 365 is the cost-effective, smart solution to cloud computing and helps you work from virtually anywhere, on nearly any device — whether that’s a PC, Mac, iPhone, Android Phone, or BlackBerry. Working remotely means anywhere access to the info you need, with the most consistent and secure experience. Access your inbox with the Outlook Web App while you’re at the coffee shop, or finish off that report on your commute with the Office Web App. Or join an online meeting with the Lync Web App and cut unnecessary travel time, and thus your expenses. With Office 365, you can reap the benefits of virtually anywhere access.

Reduce Cost and Provide Flexibility

Running a business can be unpredictable and stressful enough, without your essential tools bringing you down. With Office 365 you will have predictable, annual costs for your communication, collaboration and productivity tools.  And, it can actually help you significantly reduce costs and effort spent deploying and managing on-premises servers.

Enterprise Security

With Office 365, your data is protected with the highest standard of physical and digital security. Microsoft Exchange Online has built-in antivirus and spam filtering protections designed to address new virus and spam threats—known and unknown—as soon as they appear. Help safeguard your data with enterprise-grade reliability, continuous data back-up, and take advantage of disaster recovery capabilities so even power-cuts won’t shut you down. Combined with a strict privacy policy, Office 365 offers high-level enterprise security and helps you meet certain regulatory requirements.

Keep IT in Control

Through the Office 365 management site, IT stays in control. Patches, updates, and back-end upgrades are automatically applied while you retain control over when to deploy major changes. You can also delegate authority for specific administrative tasks through Role-Based Access Controls.

Exceptional Email, Collaboration, and Online Meeting Solutions

Office 365 provides exceptional email, collaboration, and online meeting solutions. Your people can simultaneously edit documents with their colleagues and easily escalate the collaboration into an online meeting.

Help On-Premises and Online Users Work Seamlessly

Even if some of your users’ mailboxes are on premises and others are in the cloud, Exchange Online provides rich co-existence that allows them to function as a single, integrated architecture. Features such as Free/Busy information, MailTips, mailbox search, message tracking, and archiving are available to both cloud and on-premises users, so collaboration is seamless regardless of whether a user’s mailbox resides on-premises or in the cloud.

Minimise the Learning Curve, Receive Support & Find the plan that Fits your Needs.

Office 365 is available in a variety of plans to meet your businesses and IT needs. Each plan has the same 99.9 percent up-time guarantee and the robust security you expect from Microsoft. We can go through your options together, and make our recommendation based on your business needs and desires. Once you’ve found your plan, your people can become productive right away using the familiar Office tools that integrate with Office 365. While we cover the setup and configuration, and give you the support you need.

For more on Office 365, click here. Or get in contact, we would love to hear from you.

Nokia Lumia 710 – a good business device?

It has been a busy few weeks so I have only just had the chance to get my hands on the new Nokia Lumia 710, I am currently running the Lumia 800 as my phone at the moment, I love it, the seamless integration with our IT through Microsoft Office 365 is brilliant and I can’t face the idea of being without it now.

So the question in my head was, “would the 800’s little sibling be as good?”

First impressions are good, the materials used to build the handset are of a decent quality, there is no budget plastic feel here, it looks good and the curves fit in my hand nicely (probably better than the 800 if I am honest). It’s all going to be about the touchscreen experience and the speed of the processor when opening applications now, and I am pleased to say it is a dead heat, it is as quick as it’s big brother.

It doesn’t have the fiddly “push and slide” access to the charging port and SIM card that the 800 does which I think will help with device life and it can boast a removable back cover and battery so you can have spares for it for those heavy users amongst you.

In summary, I am impressed by the device and it’s price point that makes it an affordable option for corporate customers looking to deploy smartphone devices to their entire team fully funded by the network.

Give me some time with the device and I will provide you with a more detailed review, but from the time spent with it, YES it is a good business device.

I did get my hands on a BlackBerry 9790 this week, I like it, the full QWERTY keypad which I love, and still miss to this day, fast responsive touchscreen if you want to or you can use the trackpad, it’s lightweight, it’s thin but it appears to pack a punch. I am going to speak to our business partners Cloud Business (www.cloudbusiness.co.uk) about getting one of them active on our Microsoft Office 365 account to see how it handles my working day with Sharepoint, Exchange and Excel, watch this space.

 

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow – as long as you have a “Snow Plan”

I follow @Mcallistersrcvy on Twitter, mainly because their MD @markamcallister and the rest of the team provide excellent real time updates on road and traffic issues around Surrey and Hampshire.

This week Mark and the team have been providing #SurreySnow updates and according to their latest tweets, and I quote “Models today continue with cold suggestions. Next Fri & Sat poss 20 inches of snow & max temps of -4 deg c” there is the potential for some serious snow and the conditions could be worse than we saw in December 2010.

My new year’s business wish was for a fast start for 2012, January has been excellent but we want to keep it going in February and the last thing I think any business needs right now is the chaos that the cold, fluffy, white stuff seems to bring to our lives.

So last year we invested in technology that enables us to work wherever we want to, no matter what snow or erupting volcanoes want to throw at us.

I am not going to bore you with the full details but obviously I have my smartphone (A Nokia Lumia 800, running Windows 7.5) and my laptop, a 3G data connection, my critical business applications are run by Microsoft Office 365 (email, video & voice conferencing and collaborative working through Sharepoint) and all my customer details are hosted with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

This means that whatever I want to do I can get full access on both my phone and laptop to whatever I need, and more than that our entire team of 7 people can access all the same documents and details from wherever they are too.

If the snow comes we will hold our sales meeting via Lync (the conferencing and instant messaging part of Office 365), we will be able to share our sales forecast in Excel on everyone’s device of choice at the same time and any one of us can edit it accordingly, once we are done we can save it to Sharepoint ready for the week after.

Now I am sure there are many of you that can already do the same via a number of different systems and set ups, but there will also be a huge number of your clients, business partners, family and friends who cannot.

We would like to help these people, all you have to do is put us in touch.

BlackBerry Playbook OS2 – Is it too little too late?

RIM’s problems have been clear for all to see with Google Android the leading smartphone operating system, Nokia appearing revitalised and fresh with Windows 7.5 and all Office365 can bring, not to mention apple iPad emphatically dominating the tablet market.

I remembering blogging last year, although not on this timeline, that I was eager to get my hands on the BlackBerry Playbook, there had been delay after delay on it’s launch and I really wanted one to supplement the productivity of my 9780.

When I did finally get my hands on it in July 2011 I was underwhelmed, the novelty factor of a sweeping and smooth touchscreen on a BlackBerry faded quickly and within weeks it was gone and my 9780 was traded in for an HTC Trophy to harness the power of our Microsoft Office 365 integration.

Now despite reading about some very impressive features, being able to use your BlackBerry handset as mouse and keyboard is a big plus for those of us that just cannot punch out emails and reports as quickly on touch screens, but it might be too late, well for me at least.

Now everything I need works seamlessly through my windows phone, and with handset choices from HTC in the Radar & Titan, ZTE Tania, Samsung Omnia W and Nokia Lumia 800 & 900 (4.3″ AMOLED screen!!!) to choose from when I get bored I can’t see a move back to BlackBerry for the Playbook only.

For those of you loyal to your full QWERTY keypad, the good news is that you will soon be able to access the full Android app market on your BlackBerry once they launch the new OS, so if you haven’t moved maybe it isn’t too late and in true Rocky fashion, RIM will pick themselves up off the canvas and land a knockout blow of their own.

Callmaster Mobile enters the blogging world!!

It has taken some time but with a new year comes new objectives and we have been talking for some time about how to share our knowledge of the mobile world and what better way than with our own blog.

Our company has changed so much in the last 6 months, we have relocated, we have recruited and we have become “more than just mobiles”.

Over the next few posts we will share with you everything that is new, our partnerships with Disability Challengers, Farnham Rugby Club and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, all the latest technologies available at your fingertips on a pay per user per month basis and the benefits that these advances can bring to your working life.

We would like to hear from anyone who would like to “guest blog” for us and share their knowledge and experiences of “mobile” so do get in touch if you are interested.

We promise to keep you up to date on the latest phones and tablets that we rate and recommend, we will tell you about Microsoft Office 365 and all the amazing components that enhance the way we work (hey, it might be good for you as well!) and we hope to enlighten you about near field communications (NFC), Fastdox and Digital Pens, Hosted Telephony, converged fixed line and mobile solutions and unified communications.

So, to kick us off, who uses mobile applications for work or maybe Angry Birds for fun? Who doesn’t because their handset of choice is a BlackBerry and finds BlackBerry App World limited? Well the good news, coming soon to a town near you, android developed apps are going to be available on BlackBerry handsets. The question is, is it too little, too late?

We shall see….