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Effectively Utilising Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 has been a part of our lives for quite some time, and most wouldn’t even remember a time before it. Since the 90’s, its tools have revolutionised our workplaces and allowed us to complete many vital work functions efficiently. Microsoft’s tools are improving lives, both in the workplace and in our homes.

Microsoft is one of the most well recognised organisations on the planet, and the quality of its tools has solidified its reputation as one of the best platforms on the market. It is safe to say that almost everyone has used Microsoft’s core suite of tools at some point in their lives – Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, and Outlook have become, and still are, exceedingly popular and continue to revolutionise workplaces all around the globe.

Throughout this and the following article we will explore 365 in detail and uncover some of the reasons why it is a good idea to start using the platform’s tools, if you aren’t already, and how – by using Cloud computing – you can drive your business forward to success with technology – and Microsoft 365 – as a capable ally.

Why Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 has proven itself for years. Its tools’ abilities are unrivalled, both in ability and functionality, and businesses large and small across the globe rely on their tools every day, because, frankly, without them their businesses would cease to exist. Their most recent accolade – which the whole world has witnessed – was their ability to help businesses continue operations throughout the pandemic, which would otherwise have been impossible for many.

Their tools are catered perfectly to assist both on-premise and remote working teams.

Let’s take a look at some of the tools in the Microsoft suite that have earned it such a positive reputation.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word has been a part of our lives for many years; for some of us since we were in school. It is a word-processing tool that allows users to type up documents and complete written work, which, over the years, has become the most popular programme of its type worldwide.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is another of Microsoft’s apps that bring back memories, because presentations on the app were a daily occurrence if you went to school in the early 2000’s. It is a presentation programme that allows you to design, create, and present your work to an audience. What it had in popularity back then has only improved as the years have gone by, and the updated features have helped it remain the immensely popular programme that it is today.

Microsoft Excel

Excel – as I am sure you are already aware – is a spreadsheet programme for business. It is designed to organise data and predominantly perform financial analysis, although it has many uses depending on the size of your organisation.

Microsoft Outlook

Outlook is one of the most popular tools Microsoft has ever released. We are probably telling you what you already know – it is an application that is mainly used to send and receive emails. But it does have other uses – you can also use it as a useful management tool for various types of personal data.

These are just some of the best tools in the Microsoft suite, all of which have helped push Microsoft to the very top of the tech pile.

So, we have now highlighted the incredible capabilities of Microsoft and the tools in its suite. Let’s explore ways of getting even more value from them by using them within the Cloud.

What are the differences between traditional Office and Office in the Cloud?

We have explored the traditional Office above; now let’s delve deeper into Office in the Cloud.  As well as all the programmes above, we can also utilise the following by working in the Cloud:

Microsoft Teams

It may only be young in comparison to others in the suite but, since 2017, Teams has been building quite the reputation, it has increased in popularity and has become a big part of daily life for many. Teams has been described as the key driver for many organisations in their attempts to survive the worst of the pandemic. Due to its ability to appeal to everyone and anyone, Teams has amassed an international following of a staggering 250 million people worldwide. Teams is designed to promote collaboration, communication, and connectivity – it is these main features that have made it a staple of workplaces in over 181 countries around the globe.


SharePoint is a document management and storage system that integrates with 365. It is used as a secure place to store, organise, share, and access information from any device with a web browser. Depending on the needs of your organisation, SharePoint can be used for many different purposes as the product is highly configurable, meaning that it will always suit your business.


To-Do is a Cloud-based task management application; it gives you the opportunity to sort and manage your tasks from anywhere, on any device.


Planner can be used within Microsoft Teams and SharePoint. Planner allows your team to create plans, assign tasks, and view charts on your teams’ progress.

In the following article we will take a closer look at the abilities of Microsoft 365 in the Cloud.

Elevate Your 365

Using the tools at your disposal correctly will ensure value. You have the power to revolutionise the way your organisation produces work. We can ensure that you implement the right tools, use them correctly, and plan for the future with those tools as important assets in the prolonged success of your organisation. Our success can be attributed to one thing: TRUST. Ever since our very first year in business our clients have been happy to recommend us to other businesses, and we have grown steadily as a result of those recommendations. We can truly help you to get the best from your IT in the most secure way possible. Don’t hesitate – contact us now!