Many of us have been using the desktop version of Office for years. Most of us can’t imagine a day without Outlook, Excel, or Word to name a few popular parts of Microsoft Office. Microsoft introduced Office 365 in June of 2011, and since then, the company has worked with users to fine-tune and continually improve the experience.
Office 365 can be an excellent edition in certain circumstances and before you invest in it, here are some basic facts for you to consider.
1. Office 365 is a bundle of existing products for business
It comes with the programs you are familiar with such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. There is also email and the calendar that allows you to connect with your customers and coworkers using Outlook and Exchange. The base file storage is 1TB to manage your files from anywhere. Office 365 Business is easy to set up and operates with a single login for all services and devices. If you have a plan that includes the desktop version, you can install it on up to 5 devices.
2. Plenty of Add-Ons
The users in your company may vary on what programs they each work with and not everyone has the same requirements. With Office 365 you can mix and match the plans and add-ons that are right for each team member. You may find you signed up for one plan but need another, no worries! Switching between plans to find the right mix is simple and straightforward.
3. Work Anywhere while Collaborating Easily
More and more companies need flexibility in when and where their employees work. Office 365 is mainly geared for remote workers, businesses with multiple locations and employees that travel for work. None of that will interfere with the collaborative team approach for your staff. Anyone that needs to contribute/edit a document can work on the same version and still get real-time changes.
4. Always be Working with the Latest Version
Microsoft listens to the end user and makes the experience is smooth and efficient. With Office 365, you’ll have access to the most recent versions without having to uninstall and reinstall Office on all your devices.
5. Subscription-Based Payment
Once upon a time, business had to pay hefty sums up front for programs that often sat unused. With Office 365, a low monthly fee is charged per user, and you can turn off features that you don’t need to save on the budget.
The built-in security features will keep your company’s data safe and your mind at ease with encrypted email, Data Loss Prevention, and Advanced Threat Analytics. These are not the only security features, and some are not available in all plans that Office 365 has available, you can decide which is best suited to your organization and include it in a plan or as an add-on.
Office 365 has more to offer. It allows your team to work better together, from anywhere, and with confidence. There are different business plans you can choose from to find the right fit for your business. If you have questions or would like to explore Office 365 further, please give us a call.