As some of you may know Office 365 is Microsoft’s latest offering that has become extremely popular this year, with 49 clients taking up Riverbank’s Office 365 offering in the last 12 months. One of the lesser known facts about Office 365 is the non-profit plans that Microsoft offer. For organisations that are registered as non-profit such as schools, charities and other public sector organisations, Office 365 Business Essentials is available free of charge; and this means you could move your whole organisation’s email infrastructure into the cloud and not pay anything per month for the privilege (up to 300 users/mailboxes). If however you would like to receive Office Applications (Word, Excel, Outlook etc.) with your monthly package then this would cost only £1.30 as opposed to £7.80 per user per month. This is a significant discount and could save an organisation thousands of pounds per year in licence fees and server maintenance alone.

Within the Office 365 Portal Riverbank can easily add/remove or modify any users in a matter of minutes. This makes regular maintenance of your organisations email structure a lot easier than alternative email methods. Other benefits include access to emails when you are using Office 365 is a lot easier and communication to users can take place in any internet enabled location. With the Office 365 Business Premium plan you also receive Skype for Business to allow Audio and Video conferencing between your users, as well as instant messaging. Also with the Business Premium plan, users have the ability to install Office Applications on 5 PC’s/Laptops, 5 Smartphones and 5 Tablets.

As a newly appointed Microsoft Authorised Education Reseller, Riverbank have the knowledge and expertise to assess your current setup and configuration, advise on the best solution and carry out the migration as seamlessly as possible. Using Office 365 as your email provider also allows a user access to email anywhere at any time, as long as there is an internet connection.

If you are interested in receiving additional information regarding this service, please call us on 01235 426700 and we will be more than happy to help.