While Microsoft launched the cloud version of their popular applications and productivity products in June of 2011, most small businesses are still trying to figure out what this product means for their company.

Should they continue to pay for and use the premise-based software as they have always done, or should they move to the subscription-based cloud offering?

Unfortunately, the answer to that is not any clearer today than it was in 2011 and requires research and guidance.

There are many potential benefits to moving your small business to Microsoft Office 365, but there are many challenges to consider. Each business needs to assess how the benefits and challenges will affect their needs, goals and work culture.


Microsoft Office 365 may be the next generation of the business applications you have relied on for years, but offers benefits for today’s more flexible and mobile work environment. For example:

  • Security and Reliability: The biggest concern for businesses using the cloud is the feeling of losing control of your business’ critical data. The Microsoft cloud-based products offer the highest level of security and boast of 99.99% “financially guaranteed” uptime. Also, your data is already on the cloud and therefore is automatically backed up.
  • Scalability: Unlike the premise based office products that you have bought in the past, Office 365 allows you to grow, or shrink, your investment in Office applications as your business requires.
  • Mobility: As more employees work offsite, the majority of Office 365 plans allow users the ability to access their Office applications and data from their mobile devices through mobile apps for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.
  • Desktop Productivity: Each Office 365 subscription provides you with a fully installed version of the Office applications on all of your devices. One subscription allows you to install Office on five devices, giving you a consistent experience across all of your technology.

Should I move my business to Microsoft Office 365?

Before moving your business to Microsoft Office 365, make sure you weigh all of the pros and cons against your organization’s needs and goals. The reality is that Microsoft Office 365 will at some point be your only option for accessing the Office applications you have come to rely on.

Today, the decision is still up to you. For assistance with deciding if Microsoft Office 365 is a good fit for your business, consult with our technology experts today for a free site survey! Visit us here