If you're looking to uprgade your business to the cloud, Telstra currently has a tempting offer on Microsoft Office 365 from T-Suite.
Microsoft Exchange Online - a 25GB hosted mailbox with built-in SPAM and anti-virus protection – now starts at $7.10 per user per month (incl GST); down from $8.90.
The Office 365 for professionals and small businesses suite now costs $7.90 per month. In addition to the Exchange Online 25GB hosted mailbox, this includes Microsoft SharePoint Online (for creating team sites for sharing documents, team announcements and more) and Microsoft Lync Online (which grants access to instant messaging and desktop sharing). It also provides you with a simple small business website.
Both deals are available now and are sold month-to-month which means you don't have to commit to a contract. Naturally, existing Office 365 T-Suite customers will receive the revised pricing automatically.
Office 365 also comes with the usual T-Suite incentives, including 24 x 7 online and phone support from an Australian-based cloud support team, access to over 1,200 Telstra and Microsoft accredited partners and plan discounts and benefits (such as a loyalty bonuses) if you purchase as part of Telstra’s All-4-Biz business bundle.
You can find out more about Office 365 and take a free 30-day trial by visiting Telstra's business website.
About Microsoft Office 365
As well as potentially saving you money, moving your server to the cloud allows you to give staff access wherever they are. It's not just email and calendars. Cloud applications like Office 365 let you have online meetings, even run Word and edit spreadsheets from a Web browser or a phone.
The other upshot is that by having everything stored centrally, and using an application like Sharepoint Online, you can avoid the headache of different staff using different versions of files.