The Top Three Benefits of Upgrading to Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 is sometimes referred to as Office 365 in the business world. It’s an innovative, updated software suite sold by Microsoft that includes traditional office applications and lots more.
It’s wildly popular in the business communities with small companies, midsize groups and enterprise-level organizations. As of November 2020, more than 650,000 U.S. companies have adopted 365.
Chock-full of Great Applications
Most of us know the former Office suite for its applications like Word, Excel and Powerpoint, all of which have been pillars of business communication. But the newer version of 365 incorporates additional programs, bringing the total offerings to nearly 20 separate applications.
Updated additions focus on connecting your employees and allowing them to work together in real-time on documents, projects and meeting schedules.
Microsoft 365 includes an updated version of Outlook, both as an application and in an online version. Outlook includes calendar sharing and management, email and plenty of automation opportunities to help your employees work smarter.
Three more applications focus on connecting your employees and their work:
- Sharepoint – a tool used to create private websites create websites as a secure site to store, organize, share and access information from any device
- Teams – a continuous chat-based collaboration platform with document sharing, online meetings, and many useful features for business communications.
- Onedrive – an Internet-based storage solution with a considerable chunk of space offered for free by Microsoft to anyone with a Microsoft account.
Focus on Collaboration
We have all learned this year about the importance of connection, communication and collaboration.
Business experts agree that IT platforms must be set up to allow the right information to flow to the right people at the right time in order to support effective collaboration.
Secure tools like Sharepoint and OneDrive allow employees to work together on documents, presentations and spreadsheets in real-time with commenting, redlining and other handy options.
Teams serves as an instant-messenger platform where employees can chat, share documents, coordinate calendars and — perhaps most importantly — reduce the number of emails flowing through the company.
Remote Access on All Devices
Microsoft 365 gives all employees the ability to work anywhere, anytime and on any device — a crucial benefit in today’s virtual environment.
After hundreds of thousands of workers changed their office environments, to lessen the spread of COVID-19, some companies were left scrambling to allow remote access to their key applications and collaboration tools.
Microsoft 365 has been an answer for many. You can access any apps on your desktop, laptop, tablet or even smartphone. You can also work from your home office and access critical data during client presentations and meetings.
Employees are no longer tied to their desks.
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Investing in sophisticated software, then layering it over a patched-together network is one of the key failures in corporate IT. Be sure to work with a technology specialist with the experience and knowledge to provide a high-level infrastructure map that allows you to understand your systems.
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