With the release of Office 365, Microsoft aims to help businesses that currently rely on Microsoft’s Office applications. Office 365 is a new suite of programs that will help businesses become more productive, along with keeping their information secure.

Microsoft has four main Office products for business – Office 365 Essentials, Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Premium and Microsoft 365 Business. Despite the similar names, each plan comes with vastly different features at very different prices. Microsoft outlines some of these differences in a few charts on its website, but trying to determine exactly which one is best for you can involve a lot of thinking and figuring out exactly what you are getting for each plan.

When deciding whether to sign up for or upgrade to a new Microsoft plan, remember that you should choose a plan that can grow with your business. One of the biggest advantages Microsoft provides with these plans is flexibility. Use it wisely and sign up for a plan that fits your business now, because you can always change it. Most deals are signed on a yearly basis, but Microsoft provides the opportunity to switch your plan with the Switch Plans button in the admin center.

If you are a business owner/manager, here are just a few of the office 365 features that may interest you.

Allow For Greater Productivity

When it comes to productivity – something every business manager is after – it all comes down to one thing: how easy is it to do your work? If something makes your job easier, it will increase productivity. That is essentially the goal of Office 365. Microsoft designed this suite of programs with simplicity in mind, so that your employees can spend more time worrying about their own tasks, rather than the technology performing them.

In The Cloud

One of the ways that Microsoft made these programs easier to use is by connecting everything through their cloud storage system. This means that employees can share files more quickly, make changes to those files, and access them from anywhere. As long as you have a computer, tablet or smart phone and an internet connection, you can access everything you need.

Administrator Control

Lastly, Microsoft has made it so administrators have a high level of control over the product, something that will make your IT department happy. By giving you more control over the system, you can monitor what is going on within the program, and correct any problems on the spot, should they arise. This means less time waiting for your IT guy to get off the phone with Microsoft’s support team, and more time being spent getting work done.

Bottom line

One of the benefits of Microsoft’s small business packages is that they all include a lot of variety. While it can be hard to distinguish the plans at times, Microsoft has come up with a plan – or different options included in a plan – for a full range of small businesses. Flexibility is one of the best aspects of Microsoft’s plans, so be sure to use it to your advantage.

As you can see, there are some great features that can benefit your business, and there are many more. If you would like to learn more about how this suite of programs can help your business to become more productive, please feel free to call us at 844-881-7874 (RUSH) or +18448817874

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