Do you remember when you’d have to go down to your local computer store to buy the latest version of Microsoft Word… on a disk? You might even have one buried deep in a desk drawer somewhere.
Of course, nowadays you can buy and download your software as digital files quickly and easily with a click of a button. Or, as many businesses are doing, you can purchase a cloud-based software as a service, like Microsoft’s Office 365.
Office 365 Review in a Nutshell
Office 365 brings Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher to a new collaborative, online setting. Tons of businesses of all sizes are using Office 365 to make their workspaces more productive ones. They offer many different plans, which range from $5 – $35 per user per month.
Sounds pretty good, right? Well, before you go ahead and make a purchase, it’s worth weighing up the benefits and limitations of Office 365 and looking at their various plans for business and enterprise.
In this Office 365 review, we’ll take you through the most important things to be aware of, to help you decide whether Office 365 is right for your business.
Note: Office 365 is also available for single users and families, however, for the purposes of this review we’re going to cover just the business and enterprise plans, as there are quite a few.
Why Would I Use Office 365?
Office 365 is a hosted, online version of the traditionally installed version of Microsoft Office software. It offers business email and includes well known applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote and also provides you with a number of business services, such as Microsoft Teams and SharePoint.
What you have access to depends on the subscription plan you take out, and these can vary quite a bit.
With this move to the cloud also comes a new payment model. Now, instead of purchasing licenses, you’ll now be required to pay a monthly subscription fee per user (but more on Office 365 pricing later).
First, you might want to know what the benefits of migrating to the cloud are:
- You’ll receive software updates as and when they happen
- Cloud computing allows companies to avoid or minimize up-front IT infrastructure costs
- Less maintenance
- Scale up or down your operation and storage needs quickly
- Sharing and collaboration is made easy
- Companies benefit from higher productivity
- It’s easier to work remotely
- Your files are always backed up
What Type of Companies Typically Use Office 365?
Microsoft launched Office 365 back in 2011 after they came under a great deal of pressure from Google, who, three years earlier, had brought out G Suite (then named Google Apps for Your Domain).
In this review, we’re going to take a look at what’s missing, how it compares to other cloud-based collaboration tools, and how much it costs.
So, let’s dive right in and take a look at the Office 365 pros and cons.