Microsoft 365

Cloud collaboration and file sharing application suite

About Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365, formerly Office 365, is a cloud collaboration tool that provides a private and secure space to store, share and edit files and documents, to connect dispersed teams using shared calendars, messaging and conferencing tools, and to improve your brand experience using branded emails and online websites.

The business class email provided by Microsoft 365 allows for 50 GB of storage per user and the ability to send messages of up to 25 MB. This enables you to send images within emails and to apply custom formatting. You can customize your inbox rules and notifications, and update your calendar and to-do list, to help prioritize tasks. Communicate with colleagues more effectively with online availability statuses to instigate online chat, instant messaging tools and one-to-one, or one-to-many voice and video calling.

Microsoft 365 provides collaboration and knowledge sharing tools for both internal and external purposes. You can allow external project stakeholders and clients to access documents, and create project-specific mailboxes and websites for specific teams, complete with automatic policies and rights protection.

You can also use Microsoft 365 to build blogs and wikis for further knowledge sharing, as well as assigning tasks to team members and tracking tasks on a timeline. Enterprise plans for Microsoft 365 provide social networking tools to further enhance communication and collaboration.

Pricing starting from:

$6.99/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Microsoft 365

  • Take email and calendar on business trips, with access from your computer or mobile device.

  • Create an attractive website with no special skills required. Easy-to-use online tools will do the job for you.

  • Save documents in the cloud and edit them from anywhere.

  • Respond to comments and status updates made by partners, colleagues or customers. Store and organize important documents with 1TB of storage per user.

  • Use a computer for video calls and to conduct online meetings, or connect with your co-workers through instant messaging.

    With native iOS and Android apps available for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, Skype for Business, and Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 helps you to be productive on the go.

  • Business size

    S M L

    Deployment

    • Cloud-based
    • On-premise

    Markets

    Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, India, Japan, North Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Turkey, United States, Vietnam, South Africa

    Supported Languages

    Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

    Pricing starting from:

    $6.99/month

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Microsoft 365 Software - Desktop applications are available for Windows and Mac
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    Microsoft 365 Software - Mobile apps are available for both smartphones and tablet devices
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    Microsoft 365 Software - Microsoft OneNote is included in Office 365 subscriptions
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    Microsoft 365 Software - Desktop applications are available for Windows and Mac
    Microsoft 365 Software - Users can access and edit their documents offline through the desktop applications
    Microsoft 365 Software - Native mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows phone are also available
    Microsoft 365 Software - Mobile apps are available for both smartphones and tablet devices

    Features

    Total features of Microsoft 365: 69

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    • Activity Tracking
    • Address Book
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Appointment Management
    • Archiving & Retention
    • Audit Trail
    • Booking Management
    • Brainstorming
    • Calendar Management
    • Calendar/Reminder System
    • Chat/Messaging
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Commenting/Notes
    • Communication Management
    • Conferencing
    • Contact Management Software
    • Customizable Templates
    • Data Synchronization
    • Data Visualization Software
    • Discussions / Forums
    • Document Automation
    • Document Capture
    • Document Generation Software
    • Document Management Software
    • Document Storage
    • Document Templates
    • Email Management Software
    • Email Monitoring
    • Email Templates
    • Event Management Software
    • File Management
    • File Sharing Software
    • File Transfer
    • Full Text Search
    • Inbox Management
    • Live Chat Software
    • Meeting Management
    • Microsoft Outlook Integration
    • Mobile Access
    • Multi-Language
    • Multiple Format Support
    • Multiple Projects
    • Notes Management
    • Office Suite
    • Offline Access
    • Presentation Tools
    • Real Time Notifications
    • Real-time Updates
    • Reminders
    • Remote Access/Control
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Response Management
    • Room Booking
    • Scheduling Software
    • Search/Filter
    • Secure Data Storage
    • Task Management Software
    • Task Progress Tracking
    • Team Calendars
    • Template Management
    • Templates
    • To-Do List
    • Two-Factor Authentication
    • Two-Way Audio & Video
    • Version Control
    • Video Conferencing Software
    • Video Streaming
    • Video Support

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5
    (12,519)
    Value for Money
    4.3/5
    Features
    4.6/5
    Ease of Use
    4.5/5
    Customer Support Software
    4.3/5

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    Daniel
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    • Industry: Program Development
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Premium experience

    Reviewed on 05/08/2022

    I have been using microsoft 365 for more than 3 years. It has allowed me to work efficiently on...

    I have been using microsoft 365 for more than 3 years. It has allowed me to work efficiently on thousands of projects, your file storage tool has always worked perfectly too. Its free version is limited but it is worth paying for such an incredible and useful tool.

    Pros

    Microsoft 365 offers a complete and premium experience. I really like being able to work in different sections to document and present thousands of files in different extensions.

    Cons

    Its free version is very limited. It doesn't offer many of the most useful tools.

    Richard
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    • Industry: Machinery
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    The gold standard for office software

    Reviewed on 07/08/2022

    I loved Microsoft 365 when I had a student account, and therefore free access. However, paying for...

    I loved Microsoft 365 when I had a student account, and therefore free access. However, paying for it since then has become problematic at time, causing me to have to switch temporarily to other products for brief periods.

    Pros

    Microsoft 365 grants access to a multitude of excellent features made by Microsoft. Although it does cost a yearly (or monthly) fee, the number of perks received tend to justify the cost. Microsoft Office, OneDrive, OneNote, and several other tools are included within the package, all of which are superb.

    Cons

    My least favorite aspect of this software is the steep price tag. It can be hard to justify spending if you don't have the price within your budget.

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Publishing
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

    Tracker chaos

    Reviewed on 31/07/2022

    So far annoying. If I had known what was done to Tracker I would have chosen a different product or...

    So far annoying. If I had known what was done to Tracker I would have chosen a different product or kept the old one.

    Pros

    Nothing in particular, just got it because my Microsoft office student version 2019 had all kinds of glitches.

    Cons

    The Tracker has been changed to the point where it is so annoying and time consuming to do anything. I hope no one was paid to mess it up. I also hate the AutoSave and have disabled it on all my documents, and you can keep your OneDrive.

    Tafuma
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    • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Productivity with limits

    Reviewed on 19/05/2022

    We have managed to cut down on repetative task in data analysis using excel by making use of the...

    We have managed to cut down on repetative task in data analysis using excel by making use of the powerpivot feature and creating templates which once populated with new data they automatically and instantly bring accurate update graphs and charts

    Pros

    Office 365's feature support our core business functutions from support for report writing with spell check, grammar correction, word count, document design and layout features. The product comes with inbuilt templates for brochures, business cards, flyers and many other marketing products. The spreasheet features and new formulae (e.g. xlookup), predefined charts make data compilation and analysis a breeze for our data analysis teams. To cap it all the new templates in powerpoint make the suite a force to reckon with in our line of business as we on daily basis make presentation for our internal staff, clients and stake holders.

    Cons

    The new annual renew licensing structure deals a low to this otherwise great product

    Alternatives Considered

    WPS Office

    Reasons for Choosing Microsoft 365

    Software upgrade

    Reasons for Switching to Microsoft 365

    The support for multiple document formats and reliability of Microsoft Office experienced in the previous versions of the product got the better of me as opposed the advertised features by the other product
    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Medical Practice
    • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Microsoft 365 review

    Reviewed on 27/07/2022

    I vividly remember learning how to use Microsoft in school as a child. Now, as a soon to be...

    I vividly remember learning how to use Microsoft in school as a child. Now, as a soon to be graduate of university, I can’t imagine not having Microsoft 365.

    Pros

    Microsoft has been around for decades. Everyone has at least one Microsoft program downloaded on their devices. It’s incredibly user friendly and it’s familiarity is one of its biggest pros. I enjoy it’s cloud based system as I can have access to my work from any device. I also enjoy how seamlessly each of its various programs such as word, PowerPoint, excel all work together. Microsoft 365 also promotes collaboration by allowing teams to have access to the same files.

    Cons

    Microsoft is a heavy app and takes up a lot of space on your device. I also think some improvements can be made for offline access for various files. Also, if persons are not a part of an institution, it can be financially challenging to purchase Microsoft 365 independently

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    Microsoft 365 offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: $6.99/month
    • Pricing model: Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    Microsoft 365 Business Basic: $6.00 Microsoft 365 Business Basic USD$6.00user/month Microsoft 365 Business Standard: $12.50 Microsoft 365 Business Standard USD$12.50user/month Microsoft 365 Business Premium: $22.00 Microsoft 365 Business Premium USD$22.00user/month

    Microsoft 365 has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

    Microsoft 365 supports the following languages:

    Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

    Microsoft 365 supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    Microsoft 365 integrates with the following applications:

    Microsoft Bookings, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Invoicing, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Planner, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft StaffHub, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Word, OneDrive, Skype for Business

    Microsoft 365 offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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