Office 365 is a subscription-based, cloud suite of applications offered by Microsoft that allows users to access the tools and solutions needed for remote work. Users get access to familiar Microsoft applications like Outlook, Word, and Excel with the additional benefit of the platforms being available in the cloud. Additionally, the subscription fee is tailored to each company, so businesses only pay for the services needed based on the number of users in the organization that can be scaled up or down as needed.
Office 365 has been the go-to tool for businesses for several years because of several key benefits, including:
1. Cloud-Based Solution: With Office 365, users have the ability to work from anywhere with access to an Internet connection. It is cloud-hosted, so users have access to emails, files, and software programs from any location and any device. Because it’s entirely cloud-based, users can access everything from anywhere. This is especially helpful for companies with multiple remote teams spread across the globe.
2. Flexible Scaling: Office 365 offers a subscription-based payment option. Instead of paying a large sum upfront, businesses pay a monthly fee based on programs and users needed. Microsoft also allows businesses to scale up and down as needed. If a new team is added, organizations can simply up their Office 365 subscription to get them up and running. No additional servers or networking equipment are needed.
3. Collaboration: One of the biggest advantages to Office 365, especially given the rise of remote work due to COVID-19, is the increased collaboration the cloud-suite offers. Without sacrificing security, document edits are shared instantly, and multiple team members can work in the same document as the same time, making real-time updates.
One out of 5 companies use the Office 365 cloud solution, and it is the most widely used enterprise cloud service by user count. As we continue to see the rise in cloud adoption and remote work, Office 365 will continue to grow. If you are interested in starting your cloud journey with Office 365 or speaking with a specialist about your overall cloud strategy, contact us today.