You're struggling with keeping your business and employees aligned while working from home. It can be quite a challenge, but as a leader you have to take steps to ensure everyone is transitioning in a productive way and carrying out their responsibilities, which means you often don’t have time to worry about potential technical difficulties.
The Microsoft Modern Office suite of programs and features can help alleviate many of those technical concerns. One of the suite’s biggest pieces is Microsoft 365, formerly titled Office 365, and can be a massive boon to your business’s work-from-home efficiency. This program set gives you and your employees all the tools you need to do your jobs in one package, while also making them accessible at all times.
Simply put, it gives you all the tools you need to do your job better.
In this guide, we’re going to explain what Microsoft 365 is, what its main features and benefits are, and then detail how our experts can help you implement this platform into your business to create increased efficiency and collaboration.
What is Microsoft 365?
Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based subscription service that consists of multiple programs designed to cover all your work needs. With a Microsoft 365 subscription, you can access the apps you use on any device.
Microsoft 365 for Business includes different apps and services based on the level you choose to subscribe to, but they all include standard programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook—as well as services such as One Drive. By combining these apps with cloud services, Microsoft 365 gives your team the tools you need to work anywhere on any device.
How DOES Microsoft 365 Benefit A Business?
Most businesses use Microsoft Office apps (or have used them in the past), but they might not have made the switch to a Microsoft 365 subscription. Here are a few ways that Microsoft 365 can benefit your business, especially when working remotely.
Complete Integration with Other Modern Office Programs
Microsoft 365 completely and seamlessly integrates with standard Office and other Microsoft programs. Whether you want to store your Word documents on OneDrive or post PowerPoint presentations to your business’s SharePoint site, Microsoft 365 gives you the tools to integrate with all aspects of the Modern Office suite.
Collaborate Anywhere, Anytime
Microsoft 365 also gives you and your employees web-enabled access to Outlook email, documents, contacts, and calendars—regardless of the device or browser you use. This level of accessibility allows for collaboration among team members, as well as connecting employees to the people, information, and programs they need.
Multiple Subscription Options
As mentioned earlier, Microsoft 365 has multiple subscription levels based on your business’s needs. Whether you want access to every Office application and service or just the essentials, there is a plan that works for you.
Deep Security Features
When you subscribe to Microsoft 365, you gain access to built-in security and continuous compliance features. These allow you to always know where your data is and who has access to it, as well as giving you complete control over accessibility settings. You can even remotely wipe all data from certain devices if they are lost, damaged, or stolen. Security features also protect against viruses, malware, phishing attempts, ransomware, spam, and other threats.
Shared Licensing and Updates
A Microsoft 365 subscription includes full licensing that can be deployed company wide. This means that everyone on your team has access to the same version of Microsoft Office applications—like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Updates for these applications will also run simultaneously, keeping everyone on the same page.
Synchronization Across All Devices
Microsoft 365 synchronizes your email, calendar, and contacts across all your devices. If you update a contact on your laptop, it will automatically update across all of your other connected devices.
Real-Time Compatibility Features
Here’s one of the biggest pluses for teams working from home: Microsoft 365 allows teams to collaborate in real time on Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This means that team members can see their colleagues’ edits or additions as they make them. This feature ensures simple and functional collaboration between employees and departments that are working from home.
How Can WheelHouse IT Help Your Business Implement Microsoft 365?
At WheelHouse IT, we want to see your business succeed in these uncertain times (and beyond). We have a dedicated and experienced team of managed IT professionals who can help you navigate this new, modern workplace and help you implement Microsoft Modern Office and Microsoft 365 for your business as you continue to work from home.
Work with a team that is knowledgeable and has experience with Modern Office by getting in touch with us today. Microsoft 365 makes collaboration, storage, and access to applications simple, allowing you to share, view, and access numerous apps and features as you continue to work remotely—and WheelHouse IT has the experts to help you implement it effectively.
Let’s work together to make sure your business remains as effective, productive, and secure as possible. Schedule a demo of Microsoft 365 with WheelHouse IT, a premier Gold level Microsoft Partner today.