In the good ol’ days, if you wanted to work on a project, communicate, or share work with your team, it had to done in person, or by pen and paper. Since then, technology has evolved tremendously. That evolution has given way to a sharing, collaboration, and remote work revolution. You can now share files and communicate more effectively with your team, access emails and documents on the go, and collaborate in real-time from anywhere in the world.
You might be on your computer right now, working on a document using Word, or calculating the ROI of an investment using Excel, or discussing the progress of a project using Microsoft Teams. At the same time, you’re probably emailing your clients, vendors, and partners using Outlook. Without Microsoft Office none of this would be possible. But which Microsoft Office Suite is the right fit for your business - Office 2019 or Office 365? While they both include similar applications and features, there is more to Office 365 than meets the eye!
Office 365 is a cloud based service with a monthly subscription for email exchange and Microsoft applications – depending on the package you select. Office 2019 on the other hand is a one-time purchase. Now, if your focus is cost savings, it MIGHT make sense to purchase Office 2019. That said, you might still want, or even need, some of the additional features or applications that are included with Office 365. Here are a couple of ways Office 365 differs from Office 2019:
- Updates: If you are using Office 365 and a new version of Office is released, you automatically get the most up-to-date version. On the other hand, if you purchase Office 2019, you get only minor feature enhancements and bug fixes. If you want the newest edition, you’ll need to spend another $320 for the updated license.
- Synchronization: With Office 365 everything integrates seamlessly with Microsoft applications on all your devices. You can work anytime, anywhere, and all your files are up to date and available on all your devices.
- Security: Office 365 also includes security features like Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) that you don’t get in Office 2019. MFA adds an additional layer of security to your accounts and helps protect you from cybercriminal attempting to access them. O365 also allows you to customize security groups and permissions. This is extremely useful, especially for geographically dispersed businesses. You can ensure all your data is secured, while still allowing your team access to their files and emails.
If you’re considering Office 365 but want to find out whether it’s a good fit for your business, watch our video “Office 365 vs. Office 2019” to discover the 5 biggest differences, and why one option might work better for your business than the other. You’ll also want to check out a Webinar we are hosting on October 10th titled: “Is Your Cloud Data REALLY Backed Up? Find Out How You Can Protect and Secure Your Confidential Information”. You’ll learn how you can backup and secure your cloud-based data against theft, accidental deletion, intentional deletion and Ransomware. Stay tuned for more information.
And, if you need additional help migrating over to Office 365, give us a call at 416-966-3306, or email [email protected] and someone from our office will be in touch to assist.