Working from home is a big change in an already tumultuous time. Yet there’s a bright side. The quarantine could be your opportunity to reinvent how you work — for the better. Migrating to remote working with Microsoft 365 has benefits now. Plus, when you’re back to business as usual.
Microsoft 365 is the cloud-based version of Microsoft Office. With a subscription, you get both the desktop and online versions of apps you already know. This includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, and more.
Microsoft 365 enables collaboration in many ways, on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. For example:
- Outlook — primarily associated with email, but also lets you share notes and files
- Teams — a hub for instant messaging, video conferencing and calls
- SharePoint — an internal content management platform. SharePoint lets you customize team sites where you automate workflows and share resources
- Yammer — a social network connecting all the users in your organization
- OneDrive — allows users to share and co-author documents securely
Working in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other Office Apps you can collaborate simultaneously. There’s no need to email back and forth. In fact, you can even see different people creating and editing together in real time.
Remote Work with Teams
Microsoft teams is, at its core, a chat program. But it does so much more. On all your devices, both iOS and Android, Teams allows “channels”. You can have company-wide or small task group channels. You can even set up an individual channel to manage your own to-do list.
Clients or customers can be invited into channels to join the discussion. Additionally, you can set up security features that filter what they can access. You don’t want them to know the ingredients to your secret sauce!
Within Teams channels users can share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Teams also integrates with other software including tools such as Mailchimp, Survey Monkey and Google Analytics.
You can even use Teams as your internal phone and video conferencing system.
Using Teams in Microsoft 365 creates a streamlined platform for remote work.
Remote Work with OneDrive
Working on premises, your users always had access to the business file server. OneDrive is the cloud equivalent. Yet, since it’s online, it’s always accessible. Microsoft’s hosts the file storage to let you access and share work files from all your devices. And Microsofts cloud is secure and promises 99.9% uptime.
Employees can even work offline. Any changes or edits to files automatically upload when you next connect.
Share OneDrive folders or files with external partners as well. Again, you can secure access with limits on who can see what and specify what actions they can take. You can even set up to automatically revoke access after a set time limit.
Office 365 & Business Security
An Microsoft 365 subscription provides basic protection from viruses and cybercrime. It can also offers ways to recover your files from malicious attacks.
Microsoft 365 apps update with security patches without any effort on your part. Plus, Outlook scans email attachments and checks links for viruses or phishing scams.
OneDrive helps you restore files, so they’re not held captive in a ransomware attack. Microsoft 365 also lets users encrypt email, prevent forwarding, and secure sensitive files.
Microsoft 365 offer great security out of the box, but we’d recommend adding further security layers for protection, especially when staff are working remotely.
Work on any device, anywhere, at any time. Enjoy business agility and flexibility with internal and external users. Remote working with Office 365 lets your business communicate and collaborate in real-time.
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