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Office 365 mention · November 26, 2018

The Zapier Guide to Email Automation

Email is essential for work—and yet, email is often not productive. Your inbox is the rare place where critical tasks, important information, news, app notifications, and personal letters all mix in an unwieldy list that is always filling up. Email apps only help so much. They simplify organizing and...read more
Office 365 mention · October 30, 2018

A Realtor Reduces Her Time Spent Managing Leads by 40% with Zapier

"My Zapier automations give me more time to focus on building relationships and running my real estate business effectively and efficiently."Sommer Cronck, Best Bellington Homes If it were up to real estate agents, all their time would be spent with clients, talking about and showing off homes. The reality...read more
Office 365 mention · October 17, 2018

The 8 Best Email Hosting Services for Business

Email is the hub of almost every business. It's the easiest way to communicate, both internally and externally. It's where you get your most important notifications. And it gives you storage space for archiving critical information and shared files. While it might be tempting to pick your email...read more
Office 365 mention · October 4, 2018

The 15 Best Email Apps for 2018

Email is, in many ways, the hub of modern life. Finding the best email app for your needs is key to a having a more manageable and productive digital experience, whether you're communicating with friends or restoring forgotten passwords. With Google's recent announcement that it will pull the...read more
Office 365 mention · August 23, 2018

The 16 Best Student Software Discounts

It's expensive being a full-time student. During the 2017-2018 school year, average annual tuition costs for college ranged from $9,528 to $34,699. And that figure doesn't even include the nearly $1,300 you might need to fork over for textbooks, software, and other materials. The bright...read more
Office 365 mention · August 7, 2018

The PowerPoint Online Guide: How to Make and Present Slideshows Anywhere

Over the past thirty years, PowerPoint has become synonymous with presentations. Give a speech, present a new product, share finances in a board meeting—all are typically done with a PowerPoint presentation. That’s easy enough if you’re presenting from your laptop and have Microsoft Office installed. Or it...read more
Office 365 mention · July 3, 2018

How to Share Presentations: 5 Apps and Tricks to Publish Slides Online

Documents get printed, websites get published, spreadsheets get filed away for accountants to double-check later. Presentations, though, get presented. After all the time you spend making slides in PowerPoint, Keynote, or other presentation apps, often you only show those slides during a meeting or talk, then save them in case...read more
Office 365 update · June 14, 2018

New for Office 365: Redesigned Office Online and New Collaboration Tools

Microsoft Office Online's web apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are some of the easiest ways to write documents, crunch numbers, and build presentations. They include fewer features than their Windows and Mac counterparts—but that simplicity makes them faster to use. This year, Office Online apps will be...read more
Matthew Guay
Reviewed by Matthew Guay
Last updated June 5, 2018

Every business needs a handful of tools: email, calendar, live chat, to-do lists, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and file sharing. There's a wide range of software for each of those categories—or for most of them, you could just install Office and take care of everything at once.

Today's Microsoft Office 365 is one of the most comprehensive all-in-one suites your team could use. It includes the email server from Exchange, the file sharing and collaboration from Sharepoint, traditional desktop Office apps including Word and Excel, Skype, and new tools to manage projects, tasks, team chat, and more. Instead of installing Exchange and Sharepoint on your in-house servers, then installing Office on each team member's PC, Office 365 gives you everything in one detailed online suite.

Today, every Office app—from Word, Excel, and the other applications you install on your PC to Exchange, Sharepoint, and other server-based tools—is part of Office 365. The core features work from your browser, and for everything else, you can still install traditional Office apps on your Mac and PC. It also includes new mobile apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook on the go.

The core Office 365 plans (Business Essentials and Business Premium) both include email, calendar, sites, and other features you'd expect from Exchange and Sharepoint. These options let you add your own domain names to Office 365 to manage your email and calendars professionally. You can check email and add events online in the Outlook Online interface, or sync them to Outlook on your computer or any other Exchange, IMAP, or POP3 compatible email tools. Office 365 includes advanced online tools, too, so you can send vacation replies, sort email automatically, schedule appointments based on when your Outlook calendar has free time, and more. The new Clutter tool can be especially handy: it watches your inbox for new email messages that aren't likely important to you, and moves them to a separate folder to help you focus on the most important email messages.

There are also new, web-focused apps that come exclusively with Office 365, including Sway for a new way to make presentations, Planner and To-Do for projects, Outlook Customer Manager for a CRM, StaffHub for scheduling, Bookings to manage appointments, and Microsoft Teams for team chat. Microsoft has added a number of these apps over time for extra features in Office 365. Then, it's added acquired apps, including Skype, Yammer, and LinkedIn, for a comprehensive suite of newer business apps alongside traditional Office tools.

If you just want Office software on your computers and OneDrive online to sync files, the Business plan offers just that for a more collaborative option than traditional boxed Office software. With that—or either of the earlier plans—you can sync files from your computer and share them online with your team, or use Office Online to view and edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations from your browser. You'll also find new Office Add-ins to connect your files to other popular software, to automatically gather data in Excel spreadsheets and then have it synced back to your computer with OneDrive.

No matter which Office 365 plan you choose, you can manage each of your users from the Office 365 online portal, where you can see how many copies of Office are installed, how much storage is being used, and more. And, if you need more features, upgrading is only a click away.

Traditional boxed Office was easy to install once—but collaborating or using Office on multiple computers was always a pain. With Office 365, you can get the software you need for your business, along with hosted email, calendars, websites and more to collaborate with your team—and without ever having to manage an Exchange server on your own. You'll get all the same features, with far less trouble. And thanks to new Office Add-Ins, you'll be able to get more done and bring other new tools into your workflow even more easily.

For more info about other Microsoft Office tools included with Office 365, check out these other reviews:

Originally published April 22, 2016; updated June 5, 2018 with new screenshots and features.

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