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Should Law Firms Upgrade to Office 365?

By George Khoury, Esq. | Last updated on

For many law firms out there, upgrading software is about as important as ergonomic assessments for summer interns.

Sure, your old copy of Microsoft Office has served you well in the past, and it could probably continue to work for longer than you. But with all that Microsoft Office 365 has to offer, you might want to actually consider upgrading. If you're blissfully unaware of some of the perks of Office 365, you may not want to know what you're missing. But if you're on an exchange server, your IT professional might just thank you.

Office in the Cloud

One of the biggest advantages to Office 365 is the availability of the entire office suite via an internet web browser. Although there is some limited functionality in the cloud based office apps, the updated desktop applications are not half bad, and in my own limited experience, did not elicit that all-too-common feeling of update regret. The software has been around for a little while now and most of the kinks have already been worked out.

Office on Your Smartphone

Yes. With Office 365, there are apps for all of that.

Secure File Storage

Microsoft 365 offers varied options for shared and private cloud storage, which, coupled with the web based office apps, means you really can get to your files and actually work from nearly any device. And for law firms, where cloud security matters, Microsoft has made sure that the small business plans meet various legal requirements, including HIPAA, which should inspire some confidence that your data will be kept safe.

Growing Your Cloud Is Easy

If your firm is growing, adding new users on Microsoft Office 365 is easy and not as costly as one might expect. The new Software as a Service subscription model allows for low, monthly, per user charges that vary depending on the size of your organization.

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