O2 launches Microsoft Office 365 for SMBs


Cloud-based product from technology giant aimed at boosting flexible working and business efficiencies

O2 Business has launched Microsoft Office 365, providing cloud services to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The product provides document management and collaborative and communication tools, aimed at improving flexible working and efficiencies for small businesses.

The cloud-based service will be available on a subscription basis from O2. Each license extends to up to five PCs and Windows tablets with a subscription. The operator has also set up a Microsoft-accredited support team to assist with implementation and ensure businesses get the most out of the product.

O2 said Office 365 will enable its business customers to work virtually wherever they need to. They can design and build their own website through Office 365 and create business email addresses.

The service can also bring together the Microsoft Office desktop and combine it with business-class Microsoft Outlook email, shared calendars, instant messaging and HD video conferencing. Information and data is backed-up to two remote servers, with anti-spam filtering and anti-virus protection regularly updated.

O2 general manager of SMB Paul Lawton said: “Office 365 helps small businesses work virtually anywhere, helping them become more agile and responsive. Our business customers have told us that they value flexibility but that they can’t afford costly set-up and maintenance fees, or devote their time to IT issues.

“With the simple set up of Office 365 and the ability to add this product to other services on a subscription basis, we believe that this offering addresses those issues, plus with the added support from our experts, our customers can feel comfortable that there is someone on hand if they need it.”