Microsoft Office 365 overview

25.04.19 02:59 PM Comment(s) By Peter

What is Microsoft Office 365?

Office 365 is Microsoft's cloud based productivity suite that comprises the latest versions of Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, to name a few. In fact the Office 365 productivity suite is a changing animal and applications are added occasionally for customers to utilise.

Most people would be aware that Office 365 is an option to have access to the latest Office suite and is paid for on a subscription basis. There are even options to have just the Web based programs without having to download and install the Office suite, this is the cheapest option available.

Depending on what plan is purchased the subscription will also include Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Access and Publisher. Business users have access to Skype for Business, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, PowerBi and Teams. 

The subscription plans for Home and Business users can be purchased on a month to month or yearly subscription, the yearly subscription can be paid on a month to month basis or for the full year which offers a discount.

So what else does Microsoft Office 365 offer?

Even if your plan does not include all the applications required you can add others  as required including Project, Visio, to name a few or you can mix and match the options required.

Office 365 can be a complicated animal to work out correctly, some questions to ask are:

  • What type of plan to purchase?
  • What applications do I really need?
  • Do I need just the Web based options?

If the incorrect plan is purchased you could be locked in until the plan expires.

Some things you can do with office 365.

Businesses could move all their data that reside on in house servers, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices and Computers to SharePoint and have access to all their data from anywhere in the world as long as there is an Internet Connection available, the data can also be synced to devices before travel and be used offline.

Businesses could also setup a Client portal on SharePoint enabling the sharing of documents to their clients securely via the Internet eliminating the need to email them.

There are many ways to 'slice and dice' Microsoft Office 365 and if planned before hand it can be a very effective and productive tool, however if not planned it could be cumbersome.

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