5 reasons to choose Microsoft 365 for your company

Sep 14, 2020

 

Office 365 is the cloud-based collection of the latest Microsoft Office programs that is available to organisations and individuals as a subscription-based service. It incorporates Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access in addition to other features. Microsoft recently changed the name of their Office 365 product to Microsoft 365.

What are the advantages?

 

Remote access

As the apps and products are cloud-based they can be accessed from anywhere at any time with an internet connection. This means users can access their files and software from multiple devices, in addition to new devices, such as in a hotel or conference suite, simply by logging in. Most of the apps are also mobile-optimised for on-the-go use.

 

Collaboration made easy

Documents can be shared between users of a team or organisation and edited in real-time, making working together easy, for example, co-authoring in Microsoft Word or an Excel spreadsheet that is updated regularly by multiple teams. Sharing direct access to files reduces confusion and the problems that can arise when people mistakenly start working on outdated documents. These shared documents can be easily accessed by everyone through Microsoft OneDrive.

 

Mix and match packages and tailored options

It is not necessary to purchase each of the services in the 365 suite, there are customisable plans available, which can be tailored to the individual needs of a company. This means that money isn’t wasted on software users don’t need. There are currently seven packages to choose from.

 

Security features

Encrypted email, multi-factor authentication, data loss protection and excellent threat analytics are just some of the online security features that come as part of the package. These are essential for companies who need to protect client and company data. With the rise of remote working and working from home, data security is an ever-increasing concern and Microsoft understand the need for high-level security. Remote mobile device management is also available, enabling software and files to be removed from a device remotely.

 

Most people are familiar with Microsoft programs

Even with advanced features and the latest updates, essential programs such as Word and PowerPoint are still straight forward for most people to use, maintaining a similar look and feel to the original versions. This limits the amount of in-company staff training needed and makes new employee onboarding much easier than for companies who choose to use software and email systems that are less well-known.