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Making the most of your Office 365 Investment

Make sure you are maximizing on your Office 365 investment with these key features

Ring in the new year by making a commitment to making the most of your Office 365 investment. Due to the rate of releases and changes introduced to the platform by Microsoft, it's likely you already have most of these feature but just as likely that you may not even be using them yet.

That's why we've put together a summary of these features to help you ensure you are getting the most out of Office 365 this year.

SKYPE FOR BUSINESS

Even better than the competing GoToMeeting or WebEx services, Skype for Business can do more and you're already paying for it. Become more productive, while having more control.

Some of the key features included in Skype of business are:

  • Meetings and calls with anyone: Meet with up to 250 people—even if they’re not on Skype for Business. All they need is a phone or internet connection.
  • Powerful productivity with Office: See your contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings in Outlook, and start conversations from apps like Word and PowerPoint.
  • Security and control: Conversations are protected by strong authentication and encryption, and you manage employee accounts and features.

GROUPS FOR OFFICE 365

People are social. Some say it’s our most defining characteristic. We work and play in groups so we can talk, listen, collaborate, and accomplish something. We quickly get together to get stuff done or organize into a team or association. Whatever the reason, people in a group know and trust each other, chat regularly, and often create reports and files. In Office 365, you can use a group to make this all happen a lot more productively.

  • In a toy manufacturing company, a product planning team is chartered to come up with a new toy idea for night lights. They want to quickly exchange thoughts and co-author a few documents to deliver a proposal, a presentation, a budget, and a collection of discussion notes.
  • A small business wants to coordinate logistics and expertise from all its employees for a customer marketing and promotion event. They also want to invite select customers to confirm their approach.
  • A close-knit executive team needs to plan and schedule a big product announcement, but securely, so as not to risk an untimely disclosure.

ONEDRIVE FOR BUSINESS

Many of us today work from anywhere at any time and it’s important to be able to access the files you need no matter where you are. OneDrive for Business makes this possible:

  • Never worry about losing documents: OneDrive automatically saves and backs up your files.
  • Back up available for all devices: It will work with Android phones, the iPhone, Windows phones, iPads, tablets, and more.
  • Easy access to your files: Users can access their files from anywhere, so long as they have an Internet connection and log into their account.
  • Synchronization with local computers: Users are able to synchronize with a local computer, and the app for synchronization is available with Office 2013 or Office 365. You never have to worry that you forgot to update a file to the latest version. It updates automatically—but if you do want to keep a copy of the old version, you can save it using another name.

SWAY

Another tool we love that is part of Office 365 is Sway, a digital storytelling app that helps you easily bring any story to life using interactive content, video, responsive charts, and more. Sway lets you convey concepts quickly, easily and clearly and lends itself well for content such as tutorials, topic introductions and interactive reports. Sway presentations are backed up to the cloud, and can be easily shared or embedded in websites.

Making use of these additional features in Office 365 can help your team make the most of your Office 365 investment in the new year.

OFFICE 365 TRIAL

If you're not on the Office 365 platform but are considering a move then EASI would love to be your support resource. Give it a try using the link below and make sure to allow the delegated admin option and we'll be here to help you at any point along the way.

Try Office 365 for 30 days, no credit card or obligation required