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September 9, 2020

What is Office 365 and Where Should I Start?


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Microsoft Office 365 was launched in 2001 as a cloud-based subscription model of traditional Office. Rather than purchasing a copy of the software for a one-time, upfront cost, customers could now pay a monthly subscription fee and access all of the latest features.

Office 365 for Business contains the same core applications as traditional versions of Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Many other apps are available as well depending on the plan you choose such as SharePoint, Access and Publisher.

If you are just starting out with Office 365, you’ll find that this program offers everything you need to stay organized and efficient – and it’s affordable and easy to implement! Below is some more information about Office 365 for Business and how to get started.

Who Uses Office 365 and Why?

Businesses of all sizes use Microsoft Office 365 because of the wide range of productivity tools it offers. Businesses can create documents, manage data, communicate with team members and stay connected to the internet. Office 365 has even introduced layered data security features to keep businesses safe such as data monitoring, privacy protection and 99.9% uptime.

What’s Included with Office 365 for Business?

What you get with your subscription depends on the plan you pick out – Basic, Standard, Premium or App-only. The more you pay, the more features you get. Below are the core applications and services available with the Business Standard plan:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Outlook
  • PowerPoint
  • Publisher
  • Access
  • Teams
  • Exchange
  • OneDrive
  • SharePoint

What are the Benefits of Using Office 365 for Business?

Both Office 365 Business Standard and Premium give you a one month trial to explore the tools. Here are some benefits to look for during your trial:

  • Office 365 grows with your business and lets you mix and match the apps that make sense for you.
  • Work anywhere. A key benefit to Office 365 is the ability to work from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access.
  • Simple collaboration. Teams that work together love how easy it is to contribute to or edit documents. Plus, everything is updated in real time.
  • Office 365 is a subscription-based service which means you pay a monthly fee per user. And since you’re essentially renting not buying, this reduces IT costs.
  • Advanced security. As we mentioned above, Office 365 has robust security features like message encryption, advanced threat analytics, data loss prevention and mobile device management.

How Do I Get Started with Office 365 for Business?

To get started with Office 365, you can pick out a plan online and follow the built-in tutorials, or refer to the Office 365 Training Center. Some businesses prefer to have a Microsoft consulting company like Gobi Technologies walk them through the features and benefits of Office 365. This saves time and ensures everyone is using the tools to their full advantage.

Gobi Technologies can also assist with migrating to Office 365, increasing ROI, building strategies and enhancing security. To learn more, contact us today and see what Office 365 for Business can do for you.

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