South Florida businesses are entering a renewed era of digital office management, as the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic have brought to light the considerable benefits of cloud computing. And with practically every facet of business operations now enjoying cloud power, companies are looking into how digital solutions can improve even the most minute tasks.
Unsurprisingly, the global leader in digital solutions, Microsoft, is paving the path. And in their pursuit of a well-rounded office experience, they have also built apps that maximize the potential of Microsoft business systems. Take, for instance, Microsoft Forms.
What is Microsoft Forms?
Microsoft Forms is a simple app used to create surveys, polls, and quizzes. Companies use it to develop training modules, questionnaires, tests, and feedback systems. It integrates fully with Microsoft 365 and Teams, making it useful for easily disseminating information, collating data, and generating analyses.
Who can use Microsoft Forms?
Microsoft Forms is free to use for subscribers of any of the following Microsoft apps:
- Office 365 Education
- Microsoft 365 Business
- Microsoft 365 Enterprise
- Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise
- Microsoft 365 US Government Community Cloud (GCC)/GCC High
Simply go to forms.office.com and sign in using your Microsoft account to get started.
What can it do for my business?
Microsoft Forms helps you collect better data and make better decisions by allowing you to:
- Easily capture data
Forms overlays on top of all Microsoft apps, so you can easily gather information no matter what your tasks are. For instance, you can conduct a survey while holding a video conference on Microsoft Teams, which allows you to quickly ask and agree on the next preferred meeting date of your staff. Or you can include a questionnaire on your next email blast so your employees can inform you of ideal task assignments while they browse their emails on Outlook.com.
And after your respondents reply to your questions, you won’t need to sift through individual responses. Forms’ Smart AI will parse and tabulate results so you can see your team’s sentiments at a glance.
- Organize office life
Forms is fully customizable, so you can design surveys, quizzes, and polls to fit your specific tastes and needs. Use Forms to host virtual trivia contests, manage party invites, choose outing destinations, and more. And worry not if you have remote workers, satellite offices, and/or on-the-road staff — Forms works on all Microsoft-capable platforms. It’s a great tool to help you keep a bustling office together, even if you’re not physically together.
- Improve workflows
Forms is designed to be simple and easy to use for both admins and audiences, so you can be assured that it does not cut into your staff’s productivity. The app comes with intuitive tools and clear design suggestions to help your admin staff craft attractive and functional interactive layouts in a matter of minutes. And because the app is native with the Microsoft environment interface, respondents familiar with Microsoft apps will have no problem navigating Forms’s e-invites, pop-up surveys, and the like.
- Enrich training
Forms is an excellent engagement tool, as it has a focused interface that provides progress tracking and other analytics. That’s why many businesses are already using it to augment their training and education practices.
The app not only makes testing and training easier for learners, but it also makes it easy for trainers and administrators to collate trainee progress data. It can automatically tabulate and export test results to Excel, saving you time and effort.
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