The days of hosting on-premise Exchange servers are long over. On-premise Exchange systems are expensive to implement and maintain and with various complicated components can often suffer outages or performance issues.
In the modern workplace, emails are cloud hosted. This means you rely on a third-party cloud service provider to host your email systems and data in their data centres. Emails will be accessible to your employees anywhere they work providing they have an internet connection.
Email hosting is reliable, highly accessible, cost effective and scalable. You can usually access cloud hosted emails through Microsoft Outlook, Windows/Mac email clients and from mobile devices.
Typically, you pay a fixed monthly price per mailbox and with providers like Microsoft 365 this is often bundled in with various other cloud services.
Over 95% of our clients use Microsoft 365 for hosting their business emails but we also work with other solutions such as Google Workplace and third party hosted Exchange systems. Pricing for Microsoft 365 email hosting starts at just £3 per mailbox per month with 50GB of storage.
Microsoft 365 is our product of choice because we feel it delivers the most value, comprehensive integrated security and is extremely user friendly. We are Microsoft Silver Partners and our engineers hold various Microsoft accreditations.
Security is paramount when it comes to using hosted emails. Email is one of the most common methods of cyber/phishing attacks. Without the right controls such as a dedicated email security solution, two-factor authentication, mobile device management and encryption solutions; your data is at risk. We have personally been commissioned to manage cyber incidents for small businesses that resulted in up to tens of thousands of pounds of financial loss each.
Labyrinth can help you find the right hosted email solution, take care of migration and ensure suitable security controls are in place.
Internet access is required to install and activate all Office 365 plans and to manage your subscription account. Internet connectivity is also required to access Office 365 cloud productivity services, including email, conferencing, IT management, and other services. Many Office 365 plans also include the desktop version of Office, for example, Office 365 Small Business Premium and Office 365 Enterprise E3. One of the benefits of having the desktop version of Office applications is that you can work offline and have the confidence that the next time you connect to the Internet all your work will automatically sync, so you never have to worry about your documents being up to date.
“Office 365” refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services), such as Lync web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive and Skype world minutes for home.
As long as you are paying for an office 365 licence, shared mailboxes are free up to a maximum mailbox size of 50GB.
Business essentials comes with a 50GB mailbox size and does not provide access to the Office suite of apps. Business premium comes with a full suite of business applications including Word, Excel & Outlook.
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