Office 365 is a hugely valuable tool for the modern workforce – a complete, intelligent and secure solution that offers a whole host of capabilities to employees.
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There is no doubt that Office 365 is a hugely useful business asset.
Just to clarify, here’s what you get as an Office 365 user:
- Regular Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
- Office Mobile
- Office web apps (online versions of Word, Excel etc.)
- OneDrive (allows you to be truly mobile with your documents)
- Outlook (email, calendar, contacts)
- Skype (instant messages, videos, share screens and presentations)
- SharePoint Online (workflows, collaboration and information sharing in the cloud)
All organisations will, to some extent, be feeling the pressure to be increasingly responsive, to share information effectively, to be secure, to get things done quicker – ultimately just to do more.
By adopting Office 365 you are simplifying the technology and processes within your organisation.
Office 365 integrates its services, each product enhances and supports the other – giving a more straight-forward experience for users, increased security and lower overall costs.
Stats around Office 365 are impressive and worth a mention – there are 100 million active users every month, a 250% growth in cloud data stored in SharePoint across 2017 and 3 billion minutes used every day on the global Skype network.
Microsoft are committed to innovation, at their Ignite Conference in September 2017 they revealed 150 updates to Office 365 had been rolled out throughout the year.
As an Office 365 subscriber you always receive the most up-to-date version of products, with frequent software updates, access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes.
It is hard to keep track of just how many helpful updates there are within Office 365 and the ways in which these actually add value to your business. This is useful link to keep in the know with all the monthly releases.
Just some of the most recent additions include the ability to add 3D models to PowerPoint and a new-look Outlook in-box that puts messages you need to act on right away in Focused, while the rest wait for you in Other.
Collaboration and Communication
At the heart of Office 365 is its capacity to help with every type of communication across its products:
Teams – it is easy to communicate with the people you work with regularly on core projects
Yammer – chat and share ideas openly across your organisation
Email – targeted communications
SharePoint – lies at the centre of all this talk and is a safe place to share files and content.
SharePoint is the primary hub of communication within Office 365. You can create a SharePoint team site to store and collaborate on information and create intranet sites where users can access links to important company data, apps and web pages.
Microsoft have been rolling out new features to provide enhanced control of text and images, increased promotion, commenting and likes, and visibility on how your SharePoint content is doing.
Office 365 Within Your Business
There is a lot to take in when it comes to Office 365 – to find out how it could help you or to get some advice on training or implementation simply get in touch.
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