What is Office 365 and why you need it

What is Office 365 and why you need it

What is Office 365?

Office 365 is a collection of apps and services, designed to help individuals or businesses with modern productivity. There are many different plans available, from personal home use to large businesses and everything in between. Stay up to date with the latest Microsoft tools, from Office desktop apps like PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, to the latest communications platforms like Microsoft Teams. Office 365 encompasses a full range of tools and services that can be seen in the infographic wheel below:

Office Graph

Why should I use Office 365?

The best answer would be convenience as, most likely, you already use the standard Office apps from Office 365, such as Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel. As Microsoft Word makes it easier for you to draft, edit and send documents, why not explore all of the other means that Office 365 can make your life and job easier. Increase productivity by cutting down on the time it takes you to do simple tasks, such as efficient team collaboration with SharePoint or manage group tasks with Microsoft Planner.

Here are some of the 5 most common reasons why many users and businesses use Office 365:
 
1. Familiarity – most people already use many of the Office 365 tools and services on a day to day basis.
2. Straight Forward – simple and easy to use  
3. Collaboration – effortless communication and teamwork efficient
4. Accessibility – work online and connect with team members regardless of location and time.
5. Collectivity – a wide range of tools and services, all in one place.

Typically, there are three business packages to choose from: Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium. Below is an outline of each package and what it entails, from the official Microsoft website.

Office 365 Business Essentials

• Email hosting with 50 GB mailbox and custom email domain address
• Hub for teamwork to connect your teams with Microsoft Teams
• Web versions of Office applications: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote (plus Access and Publisher for PC only)
• File storage and sharing with 1 TB of OneDrive storage
• Online meetings and video conferencing for up to 250 people
• 24/7 phone and web support

Link –  https://www.microsoft.com/en-za/p/office-365-business-essentials/cfq7ttc0k59v?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab

Office 365 Business  

• Desktop versions of Office applications: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote (plus Access and Publisher for PC only)
• File storage and sharing with 1 TB of OneDrive storage
• One license covers fully-installed, always-up-to-date Office apps on 5 phones, 5 tablets, and 5 PCs or Macs per user
• Automatically updated with new features and capabilities
• 24/7 phone and web support

Link – https://www.microsoft.com/en-za/p/office-365-business/cfq7ttc0k62t?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab

Office 365 Business Premium

• Email hosting with 50 GB mailbox and custom email domain address”• Hub for teamwork to connect your teams with Microsoft Teams
• Desktop versions of Office applications: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote (plus Access and Publisher for PC only)
• File storage and sharing with 1 TB of OneDrive storage
• One license covers fully-installed, always-up-to-date Office apps on 5 phones, 5 tablets, and 5 PCs or Macs per user
• 24/7 phone and web support

Link –  https://www.microsoft.com/en-za/p/office-365-business-premium/cfq7ttc0k5j7?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab

All packages are compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, and the two most recent versions of macOS, with all languages included.

A detailed comparison chart can be found here

For those who are interested in a package just for themselves, or home use can view the following options and features:

Office 365 Home

‪• Share with your entire family – for up to 6 people
• For use on multiple PCs/Macs, tablets, and phones (including Windows, iOS, and Android*)
• Premium versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, plus Publisher and Access for PC only
• 1TB OneDrive cloud storage with advanced security per person
• Collaborate on documents with others online
• Tech support via chat or phone with Microsoft experts
• Annual or monthly subscription. Your subscription will automatically continue. Cancel anytime.

*iOS and Android require separate app installation

Link –  https://www.microsoft.com/en-za/p/office-365-home/cfq7ttc0k5dm/007r?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab

Office 365 Personal

‪• For one person
• For use on multiple PCs/Macs, tablets, and phones (including Windows, iOS, and Android*)
• Premium versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook, plus Publisher and Access for PC only
• 1TB OneDrive cloud storage with advanced security
• Collaborate on documents with others online
• Tech support via chat or phone with Microsoft experts
• Annual or monthly subscription. Your subscription will automatically continue. Cancel anytime.

Link – https://www.microsoft.com/en-za/p/office-365-personal/cfq7ttc0k5bf/007r?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab


More information on Office 365 can be found here: https://www.3gi.co.za/office365/