Microsoft Office 365 is a series of subscription products sold by Microsoft as a part of their Microsoft Office suite. The most popular of these is MS Office. Other products in this series are: Exchange Server, Project Online, and MS 365. There are also several third-party add-ons to these products. This type of Microsoft Office support is provided by IT support companies, known as Microsoft Certified Systems (MCS) or Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS). The Microsoft Certified Systems’ program was created to help businesses that purchase or lease Microsoft software and hardware and use it on-premises or within a private network.
Microsoft Office 365 offers several different subscription models.
The Personal subscription allows one individual to manage five computers. The small business model allows up to four personal users to manage five computers. The Business model allows unlimited users. The most recent edition of Microsoft Office products, called Microsoft Office 2021, provides access to one-third of all Windows-based applications.
Microsoft Office Professional Plus is the name of the Microsoft Office suite that includes Microsoft Outlook as well as three other apps: PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. With the Office Professional Plus, there are four additional apps: Word Experience, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Microsoft Exchange Server is included as part of the Microsoft Office suite. It allows users to open an email, calendar, contact, and task pane from within the Exchange Server. Outlook, the web’s default email client, is not included as part of this product.
Microsoft Office Outlook provides users with the ability to manage their daily tasks from anywhere, with a data connection to the internet. With a data connection, users can access, edit, and view email, calendar, contacts, and more. To get started, users need to sign up for the Microsoft Office 365 commercial plan at the Office 365 Online Store. They will receive a login ID and password and start working immediately. This provides the advantage of having everything in one location, so users don’t need to be concerned about where they’re at, when they want to do work together.
By connecting to the Microsoft Office 365 service,
users are able to create a unique username and password and have access to their Outlook Express account. This is how Microsoft enables customers to have access to their Microsoft Office 365 mail, documents, and files, wherever they are located. For example, if you’re traveling on business and take public transportation, you can connect your Outlook Express to your public transport account, go to the airport, and then connect your Outlook Express email account to your hotel’s email server, so you can access your mail in any location. This is called a “single sign-on” (SSO). A “multi-sign-on” (MSO) requires two or more active accounts for each person who wants access to their MS Outlook Express account.
Microsoft’s new approach to handling document storage also makes it easier to manage. With the simplified version of Microsoft Office, users are able to create, edit, and view their documents from any computer with an internet connection. To do this, the user doesn’t have to use Microsoft Office installed on their computer. They can access their MS Outlook Express account from a laptop, smart phone, or web browser, view their documents, and make changes to them while on the go.
The ability to manage multiple email services like Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Outlook has been one of the biggest draws to Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions. Business users no longer have to worry about remembering temporary passwords, or having to set up multiple email accounts for employees. With a subscription to Microsoft Office 365, users can manage all their different email accounts from one place. All they have to do is create a new calendar or contact and then begin working. Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, which includes Exchange Server, Outlook, and Microsoft SharePoint solutions, provide additional functionality.
Microsoft Yammer is also included as part of a Microsoft Office 365 subscription. Users can use Yammer, a social collaboration tool, to communicate with coworkers and clients.
- Yammer allows groups to stay in touch and stay organized with the use of group discussions, file sharing, calendars, shared documents, and more.
- With the integration of Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office Online, businesses can further simplify the workflow that comes with using an email service and cloud computing.
- This type of collaboration tools, when combined with other services like Microsoft Office, will allow businesses to save time and money on unnecessary employee expenses.