Microsoft Office 365

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We recognise the benefits that cloud-based computing brings - from easy remote access and reduced costs through to green computing and enhanced security, cloud-based services offer a compelling alternative to more traditional approaches.

That is why we have designed our portfolio of cloud-based services to be able to quickly adapt to changing requirements without having to involve our customers with the management of the service.

One of our customers, Geoff Diggles, Network Manager, Our Lady's Catholic High School, says:

Prior to the move to Office 365 we had problems sharing our school events calendar which has dates crucial to staff. The move to Office 365 has rectified this and staff can access the events via any device. The system has been easily accessible both inside and outside school and the addition of OneDrive with access to Microsoft Office is excellent for students and staff

Office 365 for Education

Office 365 Education provides free collaboration tools which students and teachers need plus the control and flexibility IT requires to help keep your data secure.

Empower education - Helps students and teachers accomplish much more with simple file sharing, real-time co-authoring, online classes and conferencing - all accessible anywhere.

Compliance simplified - Protect student privacy by setting permissions and policies. Archive and use in-place legal hold to help meet compliance needs. Advanced data protection helps keep your data safe.

Gain IT control - Reduce IT overhead and hassles while staying in control. Manage the cloud on your terms, easily, with automated tasks

Office 365 Education includes:

Office Online Create and edit Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel documents from a browser.

Professional digital storytelling With Sway, a new Office 365 app, teachers can create interactive web-based lessons, assignments, project recaps, newsletters, and more - right from a phone, tablet, or browser. Students can use Sway to create engaging reports, assignments, projects, study materials, and portfolios. Sways are easy to share and look great on screen.

Email & calendars Use business-class email through a rich and familiar Outlook experience you can access from your desktop or from a web browser using Outlook Web App. Get a 50 GB mailbox per user and send attachments up to 150 MB.

Advanced email Use archiving and legal hold capabilities, plus unlimited storage, for compliance needs. And use data loss prevention (DLP) policies and policy tips that educate your users for additional compliance enforcement in email.

Document & email access control Rights Management Services enables you to restrict access to documents and email to specific people and to prevent anyone else from viewing or editing them, even if they are sent outside the organisation.

Advanced compliance tools With the unified eDiscovery Center, you can search across SharePoint, Skype for Business, and Exchange mailboxes. eDiscovery integrates with advanced retention and archiving, enabling in-place legal hold and case-based projects.

Online classes & conferencing Host online classes, parent-teacher conferences and more with audio and video using one-click screen sharing and HD video conferencing.

Instant messaging & Skype connectivity Connect with other Skype for Business users via instant message, voice calls, and video calls, and let people know your availability with your online status. Share presence, IM, and audio calling with Skype users.

File storage & sharing OneDrive for Business gives each user 1 TB of personal cloud storage that can be accessed from anywhere. Easily share documents with others inside and outside your organisation and control who can see and edit each file.

Team sites Work together on projects with team sites that help keep related documents, notes, tasks, and conversations organised together.

School video portal Easily manage videos within your organisation. Office 365 Video is a school-wide destination for video uploads, sharing and discovery, and smooth playback across devices.

School social media Secure, private social networking for your school. Yammer collaboration software helps students and teachers connect with each other, share information, and organise around projects so they can work and learn better together.

Mobility Sync email, calendar, and contacts; access SharePoint sites; view and edit Office documents with Office Mobile on Windows Phone, iPhones, and Android phones, and with Office Online using a browser on Windows Phones, iOS, and Android devices. Use the OneNote, OWA, Lync Mobile, and SharePoint Newsfeed apps on most devices.

Search & discover Stay in the know. Search and discover content across Office 365 based on personalised insights. Office Delve is the first experience to be powered by Office Graph, a collection of analysed signals or insights derived from each user's behaviour and relationships to content, topics, and contacts.

Apps for Office and SharePoint New third-party and customer-developed apps work with Office and SharePoint to bring web services right into your documents and sites.

Deploying Office 365

Whether it's integrating Office 365 into your existing IT infrastructure or outsourcing the adminsitration of your plan, Virtue can help you;

  • Identify needs and how Office 365 and other solutions can help solve them
  • Assess your current IT infrastructure, how it can be improved, and how to get ready for Office 365
  • Choose the right mix of Office 365 plans to get the services you need to achieve your business goals
  • Develop a roadmap for your IT investments going forward
  • Deploy a proof of concept environment so you can test Office 365 before making a larger commitment
  • Providing comprehensive deployment and migration assistance to ensure that the transition is smooth
  • Configuring the services to meet your needs and customising SharePoint Online to your specific needs
  • Managing services such as Lync Online conferencing
  • Training your users and IT administrators how to get the most out of Office 365
  • Performing administrative tasks such as resetting passwords and setting up new user accounts
  • Providing add-on solutions to Office 365, such as: Exchange Online/SharePoint Online personal archive, SharePoint Online workflows, document management solutions, etc.

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Access to our shared documents is easy, which is much better for collaboration and data storage than other solutions we have tried