Surface 3 – Carry with You on Premise or Anywhere with Freedom

It’s remarkable to see how technology devices are changing and improving for the better, whether for business or private use, it gives us more flexibility in our daily activities and at the same time it enables us to conveniently, remotely work anywhere and stay productive.

When you travel, it is troublesome to carry bulky or multiple devices (i.e. tablet, laptop).  If you’re allowed to use your own computing device for work and private it makes your life easier. Business and pleasure can be combined, if permitted. With the Surface 3’s integration with other Smart devices, Programs and Apps are excellent added features to be utilized.

Surface 3 is a light-weight and captivating device to carry with you everywhere. You may multitask with your Surface 3 and it can serve many purposes without distressing about the deadlines while being productive with less complexity.

Stay connected with your co-workers, friends and family thru emails, Instant Messaging, Video Conferencing, work and share your files while traveling with the Surface 3. Roaming around the globe while trying to stay in touch with friends and family while working to meet the deadlines can be a little infuriating…… why not give yourself the flexibility and freedom.

Having instant access to your documents and engaging with your co-workers and not missing appointments is vital.  All it takes is a connection to the internet where you can explore, be productive and meet your deadlines.

Whether you are working in the office or having a lunch/coffee break with a co-worker, bring your Surface 3 with you and use it for a presentation or video conferencing and collaborate with your Team. You may also plug in a USB device in the Surface 3 particularly a hard drive to store more files to watch your favorite movie or video and listen to music while traveling and staying in your destination.

The Surface 3 is affordable, bundled with a year of Office 365 Personal and has all the great features and Apps that are pre-installed. This device is a lot more reasonable than a typical laptop if budget is an issue with you or your employer.

To summarize and as previously stated, whether you are on premise, traveling for work, having a lunch break with a client or sitting in your home’s back yard – Surface 3 is the all-in-one device if you need to multi-task, work on the files securely in the cloud and also meet the deadlines.

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Share and Collaborate with Your Team Using Office 365

If you are Small or Medium size businesses and have busy field employees that travel and will need a secured access to their files and at the same time collaborate with his Team, here’s a good read for you. I have been given an opportunity to publish this Article in the http://blogs.msdn.com site.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mvpawardprogram/archive/2014/12/22/share-and-collaborate-with-office-365-and-your-team.aspx

 

Why Consider Microsoft Office 365 for Business Use

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Whether you are a small or medium business, complex environment or perhaps requires project management and looking for a solution that’s not complicated to use in a daily basis and needs integration with multi-device, multi-platform and companion apps, Microsoft Office 365 will be best suited. This is the same Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Publisher) as if it was installed in your computer but has more useful programs, apps and features – i.e. online conferencing, public website, cloud storage and you can access Office 365 from any devices (PC, Laptop, Mac and Smart) virtually as long as you have internet connection.

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud solution and comes together with powerful capabilities all in a single package. The best part, you don’t have to worry about updating the software; you’ll get the Office 365 automatic updates, maintenance and 24/7 technical support as long as you keep your subscription from Microsoft up-to-date.

Productivity – You can get a lot more done and able to access your work files virtually anywhere and whatever device you are using. You may use Office 365 to share and edit files at the same time with anyone in your office or team so that everybody can be productive.

Collaboration – Is Teamwork vital in your business environment? Are you a traveler or a remote employee that requires retrieving your work files in real-time and doing collaboration with your co-workers? The All-in-One package has everything you’ll need – email, files sharing, calendars sharing, IM and web conferencing for you and your team.

Compatibility – You don’t have to worry on what devices or Operating Systems you’ll have to use or implement in a near future, it will run in all Windows Operating Systems-Clients (except XP and older versions) and Servers (except 2003 and older versions) . Mac Users will also benefit from Office 365 as there are Apps available.

Integration – Office 365 integrates well with a variety of devices by simply installing the Apps for Mac, Windows and other Smart Devices with full access to your corporate files.

Convenient – Install the Office 365 Apps and carry the device in your pocket or purse whether it’s a smart phone or a Tablet. Dealing with daily work tasks and conveniently accessible for an employee is vital for business.

Security – If you are concerned about privacy and security, Office 365 is highly encrypted and rest assured that your email and documents will be virtually protected.

Cloud Storage – Afraid to lose your files? It’s safe to store confidential files using cloud storage and not to worry that next day or anytime that your computer would crash. If in the event that this happened, since your files are stored in the cloud, simply use another computer, log on to your business profile and continue to work on your files stress-free.

Easy Migration and Implementation – Office 365 can be effectively implemented without complications. Easy transition from a traditional Microsoft Office to the modern and sophisticated Microsoft Office with limited downtime.

Cost Effective – There’s no need to hire an IT person to manage the File Servers and purchasing costly hardware File Servers, it’s all taken care of in a single administration, cost-effective and will give you a Return on Investment (ROI).

Other great features – Having your own mail server can be daunting and expensive, Office 365 comes with Exchange Online and SharePoint Online if you’ll need collaboration with your team.

I use Office 365 and I really like the integration with all my devices – Windows 8 desktop, Windows 8.1 laptop, Windows 8 Phone and Surface 2 and also with other Microsoft Products that I’m currently using as I can manage all my work files anytime and virtually anywhere across the globe and you can’t go wrong with that. Although we host our Exchange Server, there’s no interruption neither any conflicts running Office 365 from my own experience. Find out if Office 365 is the right solution for your business, see the different options here.

Microsoft’s Office 365 vs Google Apps Cloud Solutions……the Security and Privacy

I wrote an article about Microsoft’s Office 365 vs Google Apps Cloud Solutions a few months ago and now I’d like to talk about the security and privacy concerns of these cloud solutions for most businesses and consumers.
So…. you’re a Lawyer or a Doctor and also a small business owner trying to decide which cloud solution will be best suited for your company. You should also be concerned about your company’s privacy, sensitive information and files that will be transmitted over the internet and then stored in the cloud. This is a serious factor to think about and whether or not to put your trust in either Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps and the security risks involved. Consider not only how much confidential information your company has, but how you can protect your valuable data, and about choosing the right solution with trustworthy security. It is also a good idea to evaluate Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps regarding security measures if this is a major concern to your business.

Both Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps offer an extra layer of security so that every browser session will be secured with SSL encryption and reduce your worry about outside forces stealing sensitive data such as passwords, credit cards information, etc.. It may be useful to consider what type of additional network security systems your organization has, or wants to implement or upgrade to if you have a budget for this – eg…hardware and software firewall/security protection. For a highly sophisticated security and privacy, if the company budget is not an issue and you’d like to sync Microsoft Office programs to Exchange Server, Office 365 might be the right solution for your company. Here’s a documentation regarding Office 365 Security and Compliance. If you have a reasonable IT budget then Google Apps is good alternative solution. Here’s a good read on Google Apps Security and Compliance.

At the end of the day, the same questions will be asked and pondered as to how these cloud solutions are using highly encrypted technology . Will Google and Microsoft be able to provide you with a high level of protection? The reality…there will always be questions regarding security and privacy. Good luck with your decision, I think that either one would work just fine for you.

Microsoft’s Office 365 vs Google Apps Cloud Solutions

There’s a battle going on between two great Cloud Solutions – Microsoft Office 365 vs Google Apps. Which side will you choose?
 
If you have a Home or Small Business with less than 25 employees, there’s no need to invest on a Server, additional Computers , Hardware and Software. All you need is a working Broadband connection and a computer to access the internet. Remotely access and work on your files, programs, software anytime and anywhere. A very minimal and basic IT support  is needed, there’s no need to outsource a professional IT Consultant.
 
Two Versatile IT Cloud Solutions that are now available:
 
 
As low as $6 per User per month which is not too bad at all.  The package comes with Email (with anti-spam filtering), web-based Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote  and Lync.
 
 
Google Apps includes a Free Solution (google documents, hosted email, spreadsheet and presentation) for up to 10 Users with Free Website and Email. Upgrade to the Business solution and you will get a lot more out of it including synchronization of emails to your Smart Phones (Android, IPhone and Blackberry).
 
Now, it’s all up to you which one would work better. Will it be the most affordable one but with less attributes? Perhaps spend a little more but you’ll get a lot more goodies.