Many businesses struggle with desktop software licensing and management. Installing software from disks is difficult, especially for remote employees; handling updates is time consuming and will often get de-prioritized, leading to workers using outdated software; in the case of stolen or damaged hardware, reinstalling software can often be impossible; and, managing compliance with software licensing agreements for an entire enterprise requires resources many businesses do not have. Of course, there’s also the cost of software, which can be one of the most daunting aspects of licensing for businesses. Installing a new version or software for an entire company can require large amounts of cash. Many companies will often recognize this as a capital and not an operating expenditure, which brings many complexities in accounting and taxation.
Productivity depends on up-to-date software
A company’s knowledge-worker employees are likely going to be using Microsoft® Office, which is one of the most popular business productivity suites on the market. Because the applications in Office – Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and Outlook® – are used consistently and heavily throughout the work day, it’s important to keep this software up-to-date so that your employees have access to the latest productivity-enhancing features.
In the past, managing Office licenses and upgrades had been difficult, costly, and time consuming. For businesses that struggle with resources, they could put off upgrading to newer versions. Some businesses tie Office upgrades to hardware replacement cycles, which also means employees could be working on versions of Office that are several years out of date. Not providing employees with the newest versions of Office can lead to inefficiency, employee frustration, and loss of productivity.
The latest versions of Office offer many mobility and usability enhancements. Microsoft has made great strides to make the user experience seamless across desktops, tablets, and smartphones. For businesses with employees that travel or even just spend time away from their desks, using the latest versions of Office allows them to easily manage and edit documents no matter what type of device they’re using.
Moving Office to the cloud makes upgrading easy
Businesses can easily upgrade to these newest versions of Office by subscribing to Intermedia Office Apps powered by Office 365™, which will alleviate a number of the aforementioned challenges.
Office Apps is a subscription service that provides access to the latest versions of Office for a predictable monthly service charge. Because it’s a subscription service, it provides maximum flexibility by giving the businesses the ability to add licenses as their business grows and only pay for what they need. Also, because it’s a subscription service, Office Apps doesn’t require a large up-front payment and can be funded out of operating costs, as opposed to capital costs.
The latest versions of Office will always be available with Intermedia Office Apps powered by Office 365 - currently, Office 2016 for both Mac® and Windows® is available. When new features or versions are released, they are automatically made available to Office Apps subscribers, allowing businesses to stay current and up-to-date with the latest software.
Cloud-based apps support mobility
In addition to Windows and Mac, Intermedia Office Apps powered by Office 365 is available on iPads®, iPhones®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Windows phones and tablets. It’s a per-user license as opposed to a per-device license, which means users can use Office Apps across multiple devices. This way, Office Apps reflects usage for modern day businesses with many employees using a PC at work, a PC at home, a tablet, and a smartphone. Of course, everyone expects that their services will work across all those devices.
Intermedia Office Apps powered by Office 365 provides the latest version of Office, lets businesses stay current and up-to-date with their business software, allows users to access files from virtually any device, and is available in a flexible and predictable monthly subscription. It’s an easy way to keep employees outfitted with the latest versions of software without straining resources.
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