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Microsoft 365, formerly Office 365

What is Office 365? As Office 365 experts, that is a question we hear a lot. It’s a service that brings together cloud versions of Microsoft’s most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of its desktop suite. Office 365 is designed to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes; everyone from sole proprietors to government agencies and educational institutions. It was developed with one goal in mind, helping organizations save time and money.

Have you heard? As of April 21, 2020, many of the Office 365 plans got new names. First, it’s important to note, these changes are in name only. They do not affect the prices or features you’re used to seeing as an Office 365 subscriber. So, why the change you ask? Great question. Microsoft decided to drop the word “Office” from some plan titles, for one simple reason. “Over the last several years, our cloud productivity offering has grown well beyond what people traditionally think of as “Office.” Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are more important than ever before. But in Microsoft 365 we’re breathing new life into these apps with the help of the cloud and AI, and we’re adding new, born-in-the-cloud experiences like Teams, Stream, Forms, and Planner. All of this is underpinned by a set of common services that keep your data safe and secure. It’s Office and a whole lot more.”

Why do businesses of all shapes and sizes love Microsoft 365?

No need to invest in retraining, Microsoft Office 365 works with the software you use every day, including, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Access to e-mail, documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device.

Simple and secure collaboration with colleagues and business partners.

Seamless integration with Microsoft Office and the other programs you use everyday.

Business relevant features such as IT-level phone support, financially-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee, geo-redundancy, disaster recovery, and robust security and privacy controls and standards.

Comprehensive solutions including desktop productivity applications, portals, extranets, external Web site, instant messaging, voice and video conferencing, Web conferencing, e-mail, voice mail and unified messaging.

Pay-as-you-go pricing options which provide predictability and flexibility for all or part of an organization. 

Compare Office & Microsoft 365

For years, you’ve been buying the Microsoft Office suite off-the-shelf. But now, with the rise of cloud computing, you’re not sure whether you should move to Microsoft 365 or stick with the traditional Office software. Compare your options side-by-side and choose the one that’s best for you.

Why Microsoft 365?

“Perfect for business use. Lots of different apps and features that are very useful. It helps allow for better communication between coworkers, especially with Skype (for video conferencing), Microsoft Teams (for instant messaging), and Yammer (for creating polls, praise, and any updates). Office 365 has definitely helped me work more efficiently. I’ve gone from “working harder” to “working smarter” thanks to this software!”

—Claudia C., Non-Profit Manager

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Top Five Tips for Staying Connected While Working Remotely

When you work from home, it’s easy to feel you’re on an island all alone. You miss catching up in the break room, at lunch or at the end of the day. And getting questions answered or brainstorming together feels much more arduous. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Microsoft Teams for IT: A How-To Guide

Microsoft Teams for IT: A How-To Guide

Whether you are just beginning to use Microsoft Teams to run your IT department, or you’re not sure your setup is as efficient as it could be, this blog is for you. Keep reading to discover the six key things you should do to set up Microsoft Teams for maximum productivity.

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Microsoft Teams for HR Professionals: A How-To Guide

Microsoft Teams for HR Professionals: A How-To Guide

As a HR pro, you have a lot on your plate. There’s a variety of recruitment and onboarding activities to manage, information about job candidates to track, hiring decisions to collaborate on and more. Often much of this work occurs during face-to-face interactions. So, switching to remote work can be a tough transition for some. Learn how Teams can help.

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