Office 365 boosts productivity: Microsoft

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Sunday, September 29, 2013


MICROSOFT Philippines is rolling out Office 365, its latest product that aims to boost productivity of schools and small and medium businesses (SMBs).

Office 365 is a full cloud service that will enable organizations to take full advantage of multiple options when deciding where to deploy their productivity technologies, the company said.

It said enterprises, SMBs, and education institutions will now have the flexibility of
running their applications without the need for physical servers. This means that they can attain productivity wherever, whenever, and whichever device they use.

“With this Office 365, SMBs will now be able to use and enjoy the same technology that large companies used to enjoy before. This now makes them globally competitive,” said Karrie Ilagan, managing director at Microsoft Philippines during her visit to Cebu last week.

With the proliferation of downloadable pirated software, Ilagan warned SMBs that installing pirated software could lead to high spending from the cost of repairs and the disruption of their business operation.

Spending more

“SMBs should realize that they could be spending more in the long run when they use pirated software. Studies have shown that pirated software have a high risk of 69 percent malware infection rate. Using pirated software presents serious risks to their business,” said Ilagan said.

According to a study commissioned by Microsoft Corp. and conducted by IDC, the cost of dealing with the impact of malware-induced cyber-attacks for enterprises is predicted to be $114 billion globally in 2013, while in Asia Pacific, the study forecasts spending will reach $39 billion.

As a result of these infections, consumers worldwide will spend 1.5 billion hours and $22 billion identifying, repairing and recovering from the impact of malware, the study showed.

Ilagan said what makes their Office products such as Office 365 competitive are its key features on data privacy, security and control. She said the Office 365 is one of the firm’s best selling products in its history.

The company said Office 365 for education delivers the power of cloud productivity to educational institutions at no cost-without compromising their data privacy. It includes Microsoft Office desktop applications, as well as Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync to provide the academe with “powerful tools” to create anytime, anywhere learning opportunities across multiple devices.

Top schools

According to Ilagan many of the top schools in the country have already moved to the cloud with Microsoft’s Office 365.

Ilagan reported there is also high interest of the Office 365 among enterprises. She said the uptake now is “very exciting” as SMBs have come to realize the importance of adapting to the changes of technology. The firm said it has special packages for SMBs for Office 365 and other office products.

One SME that already took advantage of the Office 365 is the Cebu-based Taking You Forward. Ilagan said the adoption was to make business operations seamless and to help the company better serve clients and partners.

Coca-Cola Philippines, on the other hand, moved to the cloud with Microsoft’s Office 365 as a “strategic direction to communicate, and engage with partners, employees and customers while increasing productivity.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2013.

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