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Microsoft NZ hits the road with Office 365

We know many of our accounting partners are very interested in moving their desktop environment to Microsoft’s Office 365. If that’s you, we suggest you get along to the roadshow Microsoft is running around New Zealand next month that’s specifically for professionals and small businesses.

You’ll see the web tools that combine familiar Microsoft Office productivity applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel with the latest Microsoft communication and collaboration technology.

You can find out more and register here.

For Xero accounting partners it’s important that you get the right plan and licensing model of Office 365. We’ve determined the E3 plan has the features your practice needs. With this model you’ll be kept up to date with the latest version of Office Professional Plus. This also enables co-authoring, as well as Exchange and SharePoint online, removing the reliance on your server.

Make sure you get in touch with your Xero Account Manager after the roadshow to work through the implementation process and get answers to any questions you may have.

Since the launch of the Modern Practice at #xerocon NZ earlier this year, we’ve had a number of our accounting partners working through a beta to find out how best to deploy Office 365 in an accounting practice. We’ve learned a lot through the experience and partners will get an update shortly.

We’ve also set up some webinars to overview the document management component developed by SharePoint experts Provoke. This is called PracticePoint.

Once the beta is finished we’ll move into a pilot phase to test the process developed alongside Provoke and Office 365 setup and migration experts CodeBlue. Stay tuned for progress on this – NZ partners will get to see more at #xerocon in Feb next year.

 

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4 comments

Blair Hughson
10 October 2011 #

I looked at switching everything over to Office 365 last week, but decided to go with Google Apps instead. The connectivity speed to Office 365 was absolutely awful – downloading email attachments from the online Exchange server at about 13kb/sec.

Instead I moved my mail over to Google Apps and it’s been flawless. Fast and reliable and syncs perfectly with my iPhone/iPad.

Microsoft’s system looked great and provides true Exchange without having to have your own server, but the speed made it completely unusable.

Rohan Bowyer
10 October 2011 #

Interesting experience with Office 365 speed mentioned above. We (CodeBlue) have migrated numerous clients to the Office 365 platform, and have typically found the download speeds to a lot better than 13kb/sec (depending on ISP, data plans, connection type and international upstream bandwidth provided)! We also have numerous clients on Google Apps, but see this as complimentary to the Office 365 offering (strengths in different areas).

Blair, I would be really interested to explore some of the technicalities behind your set-up, as Office 365 access should be a lot quicker than this for you?

Blair Hughson
11 October 2011 #

My old (imap) mail server gave me average download speeds of around 980kb/sec through ADSL2 here. Google Apps is about the same. I couldn’t get any faster than 20kb/sec downloading a big attachment while testing from Exchange Online, and even then the mail took around 8-10 minutes before Outlook even knew it was there.

I’d definitely look at it again in the future as I really like the idea of it, but for now I have a desktop version of Office 2010 which does me fine, then Google Apps for email.. works well.

Abu Haider
13 October 2011 #

This product is unbelievably easy to use and 100% scalable to any size of businesses. Keep up the good work.

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