Office 365 makes use of 128-bit SSL/TSL encryption. Hence, if a communication in intercepted by a third-party without authorization, they will not be able to read it. Moreover, antivirus signatures are refreshed on a weekly basis. The security mechanisms are applied as per the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing initiative. It makes effective use of anti-spam filtering.
Microsoft Office 365 provides a service level agreement (SLA) with a 99.9 percent scheduled uptime. Microsoft has established multiple datacenters with redundant network architecture. If a data center in London fails, the data center in Miami will take over control without causing any downtime.
Microsoft Office 365 services have been certified by ISO 27001 standards and also passed through SAS70 Type I and II audits. The service also achieved the EU safe Harbor seal. The Redmond-based company also integrated HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).
Microsoft Office 365 provides support for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3, XP Home edition/Media Center (Without federated identity). If you are a Mac user, you can access Office 365 applications using OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard). The Office 365 dashboard is compatible with Internet Explorer 7, Mozilla Firefox 3.x, or Apple Safari 3.x. Meanwhile, the Outlook Web App can be accessed via Google Chrome 3 and later versions.
If you work with Office 365, you will be able to experience all the features and functions of the latest Microsoft Server products. While the client software is Microsoft Lync 2010 for Windows (Communicator for Mac), the enterprise edition ships with a license for Office 2010 Professional Plus. In the next article, we will cover five more reasons about why you should opt for Microsoft Office 265.