Microsoft Office 365 is cloud based software with a host of professional tools designed to support businesses and boost productivity. It’s been claimed by Kevin …
Microsoft Office 365 is cloud based software with a host of professional tools designed to support businesses and boost productivity.
It’s been claimed by Kevin Turner (Microsoft COO) that 4 out of 5 Fortune 500 companies use the service which is no doubt impressive when operating in a market with strong competition (Google Apps being a prime example). Office 365 is commercially successful for Microsoft and with nearly 50 million active business users p/month it’s clear that the platform is a valuable addition to the business world.
Why Office 365?
The traditional Microsoft Office software is a familiar sight in most organisations and Office 365 provides the well-known features of these Office applications but with a pay-as-you- go payment model and a host of additional extras. In the digital age many businesses are seeking ways to streamline business by improving workforce efficiency and this is captured by Office 365.
What are the key business benefits of Office 365?
- Increased flexibility – Anytime, anywhere and on any device.
The modern business operates with a mobile workforce who work on multiple devices and Office 365 works in harmony with this business model. According to recent reports 61% of professionals work outside of the office at least part of the time therefore on-the-move platforms are essential to maintain a high level of productivity. Office 365 allows employees to view and edit emails and documents on the move.
- Simple Back up and storage
Microsoft provides free storage on its OneDrive cloud service which not only allows users to access documents anywhere, it keeps all of the work in one location. If employees are going out to meetings they can keep all notes in a secure location and edit work during the commute. The backup capabilities keep work stored on the cloud which is undoubtedly useful if systems crash.
- Improved collaboration
Returning to the stats on mobile workforce, it’s apparent that with this amount of movement in an office, work teams can struggle to unite on projects. With Office 365, workers can collaborate on documents stored in the cloud and work together whether in the same office or in different countries.
- Unified communications
Taking collaboration up a notch, the integration with Skype allows users to voice call, video call or IM colleagues, suppliers or clients once again on any device and anywhere! With Skype being a recognised, communications platform many professionals are already familiar with its functions therefore can seamlessly use the application. Skype is also popular for international calls and small businesses can benefit from the pay as you go, low cost payment plans.
The roundup of benefits confirm why Office 365 is a cloud based productivity tool kit. The functions of the platform have been devised with the modern business in mind and with uptake increasing it’ll be interesting to see where the platform goes next.