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Top 7 Reasons Startups Should Use Office 365

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Modern days first rule to grow your business or to succeed with your startup is “Work anywhere, anytime, on any device”. So it is very much essential to choose the right tools which will help you for startup or for your business. You need a set of tools which will help you and your team to work and collaborate with each other.

The benefit of Office 365: Startups can take advantages:

In the cloud and mobile-first era, we do not need to install Office on our laptop or desktop to use Office products like word, excel,
PowerPoint etc. Microsoft comes with cloud-based subscription-based service known as Office 365 where we can access Office applications
like word, excel, PowerPoint as well as other productivity services SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, Yammer etc.

The service is cloud-based, so you do not need to a server to install and use, as a startup you do not need to invest on servers, just a browser and internet connection is enough to use Office 365.

Office 365 works on a subscription-based model, so you just need to pay for what are all the services you are using. You do not need to pay for all the services that Office 365 provides rather just per what you as a startup use. You will not have any hardware investment neither you have to pay for any administrators. You just need to use the services.

They have different plans for small, medium and large scale organization, you choose as per your requirement.

Office 365 provides services like below:

  • Outlook
  • Calendar
  • Word/Excel/PowerPoint etc
  • People
  • Planner
  • SharePoint
  • StaffHub
  • Tasks
  • Teams
  • To-Do etc.

Follow the steps to Signup for a Office 365 trial now and for 30 days you can check out the below benefits.

Reason-1: Email

Email is one of the great communication platform, not only startups but also for any business. You need to communicate with your employees, end users, business users or clients. Office 365 will help you to check or send the email anytime, anywhere and any devices. You do not need to install anything not even Office product, you just need a browser to work with your email in a laptop. And you can use Office 365 mobile apps to check your email on any mobile devices.

Reason-2: Calendar

As a startup, you need to create events which you can easily do using Calendar which is inside the outlook app. By using calendar you can schedule and share meetings and events and also you will get reminders. Like ourlook calendar, you can create recurring event, all day event, can receive reminders etc. All you can do using the browser.

Reason-3: Word/Excel/PowerPoint

Documents are very important to communicate with users. You can use Office applications like Word, excel, PowerPoint from the browser itselft. You can create various professional documents online by choosing various templates and share with your clients. Similarly you can create PowerPoint presentations and excel documents.

You can get to your documents/presentations from your computer, tablet, or phone, and share with users whereever they are.

Reason-4: SharePoint

SharePoint is one of the most popular content management business collaboration platform and is widely used all over the globe.

Quickly you can build sites, stores/share documents within document libraries, store information in lists which are required for your team or business partners. Create workflows to manage and automate your daily tasks. Sync and store your files in the cloud so anyone can securely work with you. You can show important visuals, news, and updates with a team or communication site. Discover, follow, and search for sites, files, and people across your company.

If you have SharePoint Online, you can view information on sites, collaborate with colleagues, access shared documents, and stay connected with your work using your mobile device.

Reason-5: OneDrive For Business

OneDrive is integrated with Office 365 where you can store work related files in the cloud. You can store, share and sync work files. You can also access and share files anytime anywhere from any devices with OneDrive for Business. Your files in OneDrive for business is fully secure. One drive supports over 270 file types. Users can access the files from laptop, tablet or mobile also.

Reason-6: Teams

Teams is the customizabel chat-based team workspace in Office 365. A team is a collection of people, conversations, files, and tools—all in one place. Instead of email which is time consuming, you can pull together as a team and you can chat instead of email. This has lots of user friendly features like edit files at sametime, @mentions, replies etc.

Reason-7: Planner

Planner is a beautiful way to organize teamwork and collaborate on projects in a simple and visual way. You can create new plans,
assign and organize tasks, share files with others. From Planner you can chat with others also.

Visually you can see your team’s task, group of related tasks etc. You can keep track of your team’s progress and stay on top of your work-from anywhere, on any device.

Hope this article explained, how startups can can take advantages of Office 365.

I am Bijay Kumar a Microsoft MVP in Office 365 SharePoint, currently working in my own startup TSInfo Technologies and also runs a popular Office 365 SharePoint run web site SharePointSky.com.

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