During this difficult time, Microsoft has asked thousands of its employees to work from home. If you‘re facing a similar situation and have an Office 365 subscription, you already have access to a number of tools and resources that you can use to help people across your organization as they shift to remote work. The attached technical guidance will help you assess where you are today to make quick improvements, while you evaluate larger infrastructure moves.
Start by enabling access to email and documents on the phone
The first challenge of shifting to working remote – especially on short notice – is being disconnected. You already have access to a few mobile solutions that can help:
Continue encouraging collaboration and meetings from wherever your users are
There is no replacement for speaking with someone face to face or solving a problem together in real-time. By this point, you already know that Microsoft Teams keeps people connected and productive from anywhere. Teams is how those of us at Microsoft have continued to collaborate as we work remotely.
Recommend the browser access to get Office on unmanaged devices
You are already licensed for the full complement of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps on the web. If users are on personal or public devices, this can be the fastest way to get them productive without compromising security and control.
Bring home Office productivity apps without compromising IT control
Finally, there are two options for deploying access to the full-powered desktop Office 365 apps at home.
You can follow the technical guide (attached in this blog) to determine your starting point to enable the above scenarios.
If you need help, Microsoft FastTrack and Microsoft partners are always available to help you establish a productive remote-work environment, especially now in response to COVID-19. You can also join Microsoft 365 Remote Work community to get answers to your questions about setting up your organization successfully to work remotely.
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