In today's business environment, productivity doesn't just happen in your office. Remote and on-site teams work simultaneously across multiple projects at all hours of the day to ensure that you're always ahead of the curve. But with this new way of doing things comes a whole slew of security issues - can you keep your company data safe when it's shared so freely?
What is included in Microsoft 365 Business?
Fortunately, Microsoft 365 has got you covered. With their intuitive design for remote workflows coupled with cloud services, Microsoft makes collaboration easy while keeping your information secure without compromising performance.
Microsoft 365 is a subscription service that provides users with the productivity applications necessary to get work done in the modern enterprise. Microsoft 365 constantly updates and improves features on existing tools like Word processing or Excel spreadsheets with its cloud-based structure. Office 365 also includes other apps such as an email client, calendar, and presentation application, so you and your employees can stay productive even when you're away from your desks.
Has Microsoft 365 replaced Microsoft Office 365?
The change has prompted many business customers to ask if the Microsoft 365 platform has replaced Microsoft Office 365. The answer is yes, and no.
Microsoft 365 is the new name for the platform that encompasses all Microsoft Office apps that businesses rely on to keep things running smoothly. Microsoft Office 365 no longer exists, but Microsoft 365 is simply the new name for all of those applications you and your employees know and love.
As part of the name change, the available package names have also been updated:
Office 365 Business Essentials is now Microsoft 365 Business Basic.
Office 365 Business Premium is now Microsoft 365 Business Standard.
Microsoft 365 Business is now Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
Office 365 Business is now Microsoft 365 Apps for business.
You will still get access to the following applications with most of the available plans:
Outlook: Microsoft's tried and true app for managing your email, appointments, tasks, and more. An easy-to-use interface makes it one of the most popular email clients around.
Excel: Excel is the spreadsheet software used by most businesses and individuals because it's easy to use with a customisable interface that comes pre-loaded with templates, includes robust charting capabilities as well as countless functions which can be applied on live cells of any size or dimensions without affecting other calculations.
Word: This best-in-class word processing software is essential for creating documents efficiently. Cloud storage and OneDrive integration makes collaboration a breeze.
Powerpoint: PowerPoint has been a favourite staple for business presentations since the '90s. With it, you can create, edit and share presentations on the go.
OneNote: OneNote is a note-taking software designed to digitally capture all information from class lectures or meetings in one place. It allows users to not only capture notes but also record audio.
Publisher: This application allows you to design and print professional-quality documents and images for your personal or business use. Publisher works best in conjunction with Microsoft Word.
OneDrive: OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud storage service. It allows you to store your documents in a safe place that you can access anywhere across any device.
To-Do: A task management app that makes it easy to manage your tasks and stay on top of things. It not only organises your to-dos but also prioritises them based on their due date and alerts you about any upcoming deadlines.
Sharepoint: Sharepoint is Microsoft's document collaboration service. Use it to share files and folders with colleagues, both in the office or across the globe. It also can be used to host intranet or wiki sites.
Access: Access is powerful database software that makes it easy to build, manage and maintain relational databases.
Microsoft Teams: Teams is Microsoft's replacement for their communication services. Use it to call, text, video chat and collaborate with colleagues from your mobile phone or desktop.
Exchange: Exchange is Microsoft's email and calendar service that links to Outlook. You can use it to send, receive or search for emails from any device you have with internet access.
Microsoft 365 Business Plans
The most basic business plan is now named Microsoft 365 Business Basic; it was previously known as Office 365 Business Essentials. This package provides only the online cloud-based versions of the office apps and no desktop applications. This plan also includes OneDrive, Exchange, SharePoint, and Microsoft Teams mobile apps.
The mid-level business plan is now named Microsoft 365 Business Standard; it was previously known as Office 365 Business Premium. This package includes the cloud-based online and mobile apps for OneDrive, Exchange, SharePoint, and Microsoft Teams, plus the desktop versions.
The top-level business plan is now named Microsoft 365 Business Premium; it was previously known as Microsoft 365 Premium plan, plus Intune and Azure Information Protection services.
How much is Microsoft 365 Business?
Microsoft 365 Business still represents the incredible value that businesses had with its predecessor.
Microsoft 365 is a subscription that includes advanced security, premium Office apps and robust IT management services to help you run your business. With the right plan for Microsoft 365, you can be flexible as needs change with transferable seats if new workers come on board in the future.
These costs are for a 12-month minimum commitment and include an unlimited number of users.
Microsoft 365 Business Basic, is £3.80 per user per month.
Microsoft 365 Business Standard, is £9.40 per user per month.
Microsoft 365 Business Premium, is £15.10 per user per month.
The user can access each subscription to Microsoft 365 using up to fifteen devices: five phones, five tablets, and five laptops or PCs per user.
Microsoft 365 is one of the most secure and innovative platforms out there. It allows you to control who can access your company's documents, emails, and information by setting policies on supported mobile devices or apps. With Microsoft 365, employees can remotely wipe their company data from lost or stolen devices to protect sensitive information. You'll also never have to worry about having outdated software as it automatically updates for each user.