What is Microsoft Office 365? How Can It Help My Business?

August 28, 2017Manhattan Tech Support

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There’s a lot of confusion surrounding Microsoft Office 365. What exactly is it? Word? Excel? Email? What does it do? To help our clients understand this important upgrade to Microsoft’s software ecosystem, we’ve created this blog post explaining why Office 365 is such an important breakthrough, and how it can help your business run better.

What is Microsoft Office 365?

Microsoft Office 365 is a complete redesign and upgrade of the Microsoft Office suite that provides new applications, increased functionality, and helps businesses of all sizes benefit from cloud computing.

What is cloud computing, exactly? Cloud computing can mean a few different things. In Microsoft Office 365, it means storing your data and settings on specialized, off-premise servers (“the cloud”), where they’re accessible by all commonly used devices, including tablets, mobile phones, and laptops. It also means having access to new business-oriented collaboration and communication applications through the Office 365 website, without having to install additional software. Though Office 365 users typically install a copy of Microsoft Office on their local computers, most of their work files will sync remotely with the Microsoft servers, which means they’re more accessible and easier to share.

What Can It Do For My Business?

Office 365 has been adopted by 80% of Fortune 500 companies, making it Microsoft’s fastest growing product ever. Here are some of the primary features that make Microsoft Office 365 so popular.

A Familiar Interface and Feel
At the core of Microsoft Office 365 are improved versions of the Microsoft Office applications that have driven businesses around the world for decades, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and more. This means you get full backwards compatibility with your current office environment plus all the benefits of a complete upgrade. There’s no need to retrain staff or tackle a steep learning curve, a new era of productivity is within easy reach.

Supercharged Groups and Teams
In addition to its familiar core applications, Microsoft Office 365 comes loaded with new software that helps your business run more efficiently. Applications like Microsoft Groups and Teams extend Office 365 into a unified platform for communication and collaboration, helping your employees stay connected and giving them the ability to access the data they need to work better together. You can also create virtual workspaces to share notes and content, chat with your coworkers in comprehensive groups, and access Skype for Business video conferencing, all through an intuitive, user-friendly interface.

Smart Storage and Syncing
Microsoft OneDrive is an online file backup and syncing service in Office 365 that allows users to keep their data within reach at all times. With all your files in the Microsoft OneDrive, your users and teams can be productive whenever they need to be, wherever they need to be. This means they can respond to important requests right away, collaborate with coworkers to create or edit projects regardless of their location, and use password-protected portals to share large files—the benefits are endless.

Intelligent Sales and Marketing
Businesses today rely on strong, cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) software to develop and improve customer relationships. Microsoft Dynamics helps companies centralize customer information, facilitate communications, and track opportunities so that sales and marketing teams can make smarter decisions and better manage their sales pipeline.

New and Improved Outlook
Wouldn’t it be nice if the emails, calendars, and contacts of all your employees worked together just the way you want them to? In Office 365, updating information in one application means it’s automatically updated across all devices, so you’ll never have to juggle versions again. Always be on the same page with your team so you can spend less time catching up and more time being productive.

Safety and Security
The security concerns of cloud computing are a thing of the past. With Office 365, you get the same security and compliance features that America’s leading companies use to protect their business data, including email encryption, and the ability to enable multi-factor authentication—which provides an addition layer of security when accessing your data. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, an optional security bundle, provides even greater protection against malware, harmful links, and the newest hacking techniques, providing vigilant data security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Embrace the Future of Productivity with ManhattanTechSupport.com

These are just some of the ways that Office 365 can help businesses step into the era of cloud efficiency. To realize the full potential of Office 365, ManhattanTechSupport.com’s Microsoft-certified experts will help you implement the right Office 365 components for your company, and then configure them to maximize their benefit for your business.

Don’t waste time working the old way, contact ManhattanTechSupport.com today to get your business operating at a speed and efficiency you never imagined with Microsoft Office 365.

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