Top 5 Office 365 Features Employees Love

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There’s a lot to love about Microsoft Office 365, and it only takes a quick online search to see just how much excitement has accompanied its arrival. Your favorite feature will depend upon your business needs, and there certainly are plenty to choose from.

One of the distinguishing features about Office 365 is that while it’s a cloud-based program, it can be installed on company PCs as well. (There’s also a free online-only version called Office Online.) But that’s certainly not the only thing that makes it such a steadfast entry into the software space.

Office 365 is simple enough that even people who aren’t well-versed in Office can quickly learn a few tasks that will allow them to collaborate with others and take their work to the next level. The apps featured in the software program include staples that you’d expect, such as Word and Excel, but it also includes premium features that you can’t find anywhere else.

With a subscription to Office 365, you’ll have the latest version of Microsoft Office, additional OneDrive storage and Office Mobile apps at your fingertips — and each time these are updated, you’ll automatically have access to whatever new features have been added.

Five Things Employees Love About Office 365

Office 365 offers several new features to explore in addition to improved versions of Office programs you’re already familiar with. While it’s easy to fall into the habit of using just a few familiar tools, exploring some of Office 365’s new apps can improve productivity and streamline your workflow. Here are five cool things that you might not have known that Office 365 can do:

1. Make a plan

With Microsoft Planner, you can create a plan for your work project, add team members, assign tasks and update the status of the project. It’s easy to access by all team members and helps keep the entire project (and everyone working on it) more organized.

2. Build better presentations

Even hardcore PowerPoint junkies are going to love Sway, which has designer-quality templates that let you dress up presentations like a pro. Great for newsletters, press releases and email communications, it has a multimedia component that integrates with virtually any device and allows users to drop in photos and videos. Sway also dynamically adapts so it looks good on whatever screen it’s viewed on.

3. Stay connected

The Yammer app is a collaborative tool that lets workers communicate within an organization. Like a social sharing site, it allows people to engage from wherever they are — they can follow business activities and join video or conference calls from any location. It’s integrated with the full suite of Office 365 features, such as Outlook, Skype for Business and OneDrive for Business, so you can work on documents and schedule appointments regardless of what device you’re using.

4. Write better

Some people are born to write; others… not so much. But the new Editor feature can help level the playing field. This cloud-powered intelligent service will find typos, address style and grammar errors and even suggest ways to improve your writing.

5. Write emails faster

Forbes reports that we write about 40 emails a day, so being able to cut down on the amount of time spent writing them is a huge productivity boost. Office 365’s email templates let you save email formats that you’ll use again so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time.

Microsoft Office 365 is a top notch choice if your business is attempting to save money and improve efficiency. Download this free e-book if you would like to learn more about incorporating Office 365 into your business.

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