In our previous article we explored the price rises that Microsoft are introducing to the 365 suite, and we concluded that they are justified – but only if you are using the tools at your disposal as effectively as possible. In the following article we will explore the tools in the suite that will allow you to achieve maximum value from your subscription.
There are tools on the market that are more than capable of doing what they claim to do, apps such as Trello, DropBox, and Skype are some examples of this. They are all capable – but also share one common flaw; they simply don’t communicate with each other to anywhere near the level or extent that is possible with the tools from the Microsoft suite.
Let’s explore Microsoft apps that are not only better equipped than the alternatives in many ways but will also allow you to ensure value from your subscription.
Undoubtedly, you will have heard of Excel – but, for those that haven’t, Excel was developed by Microsoft for Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS. If you are doing in-depth analyses in-house the value that the application brings is huge. There are a lot of similar tools available on the market, but, crucially, Excel comes with Macro’s programming language built in.
Microsoft To Do
Microsoft To Do is a Cloud-based task management app, which can be used on your computer, a tablet, or via your smartphone. There are alternatives that are more than capable of doing the same things, but why pay for something else when Microsoft are offering a perfectly capable option as part of a subscription you are already paying for?
Microsoft Power Automate
Power Automate is a particularly good feature of the Microsoft ecosystem. It allows you to create automated workflows between your apps and services to synchronize files, get notifications, and collect data. In the modern world these abilities are revolutionary – Power Automate allows tech to take as much strain as possible, leaving you and your team time to be productive. It integrates with other tools in the Microsoft suite, allowing your work to be inter-connected and complementary to one another.
Microsoft SharePoint is used as a place to organize, share, store, and access information. SharePoint also works in conjunction with other apps in the Microsoft suite, allowing your workflow to run as smoothly as possible.
Microsoft Teams has rapidly gained status amongst the most famous applications of all time. It is one of the newest additions to the Microsoft suite, but what it lacks in experience it makes up for in quality. It’s ability to revolutionize your workday with great features and seamless integration with the rest of the Microsoft suite has jettisoned it to achieve an astounding daily user count of 250 million people worldwide – far exceeding the numbers reached by the competition. The app is designed to boost the levels of collaboration, communication, and productivity in your organization to heights that were previously unreachable – since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic for many it has become the lifeblood of their entire organization.
The importance of taking stock of the tools you have at your disposal and ensuring you get value from them cannot be more important. Doing so will enlighten you as to what needs to change, and to how you will achieve maximum value from your subscription. We understand how difficult this can be. Take time to contact one of our IT professionals, who can guide you down the right path to ensure that you do this correctly.
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