Office 365 productivity tools that successful businesses use

Office 365 productivity tools that successful businesses use

Businesses are into value for money — and that translates to all facets of business, including investments and productivity. Wasted resources are unacceptable, which is why it is important to make sure that your investments meet expectations — and more.

Office 365 remains the premier business productivity product in the world because it carries some of the most powerful and most user-friendly applications out in the market. And because they integrate seamlessly with one another, Office 365 saves time and facilitates greater output, which is never bad for business.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more — the standard Microsoft Office line of products we all know and love comprise Office 365. What takes Office 365 for Business to the next level are its other productivity tools that maximize the capabilities of the standard applications, all while improving collaboration, communication, and security. Consider the following Office 365 tools for your business:


OneDrive is a free online storage tool that allows users to store, sync, and share all file types with other users. It comes free with Microsoft accounts, although premium and business users get additional capacity and functionalities. OneDrive facilitates remote working and other informal work setups, as it allows users to access files via the cloud using any connected device. Also, the cloud storage solution syncs all your files correctly across devices, to ensure you always get the freshest version of each file.


SharePoint is a communication and project collaboration tool that allows users to share and manage content and knowledge for seamless teamwork across the organization. Users can even customize the site to streamline team outputs, and thanks to Microsoft’s cross-platform user interface design, your users can work on the same content no matter what device they’re on.


Delve is an intelligent data visualization and discovery tool that makes use of social media elements and machine learning to help users find and discover needed information across integrated Microsoft products, such as the Office 365 suite. Delve’s discover function will help bring potentially relevant information and tools to users within the same organization based on their work needs and habits; crucially, Delve will take into account the access permissions of each user, and it will never present users with content they don’t have authority to view.

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Yammer is a built-in Enterprise Social Network (ESN) that is part of the Office 365 subscription. It lets users interact with one another on a Facebook-style business communication platform. It is a less formal communication platform than email or SharePoint, but it can be an effective medium for interactions and engagement between senior leadership and employees. It can also be utilized for human resources communications materials, for example, as an alternative to company-wide email newsletters.

Power BI

Power BI is a collection of software services and apps that work together to decipher unrelated sources of data and transform them into coherent, interactive, and visually immersive insights. Power BI has three main components, notably its Windows desktop application called Power BI Desktop, its mobile app suite to accommodate data from iOS and Android, and an online software as a service (SaaS) feature called Power BI Service.

The three are further augmented by Power BI Report Server. This full-service suite can be used for a wide variety of business functions such as report creation, intelligent decision-making, progress monitoring, dataset management, and the like.

Skype for Business

Skype for Business is a complete meetings solution that provides instant messaging, meeting recording, and meetings for up to 250 users at once. It also integrates with Office apps for seamless sharing and presentation of files and documents. Skype for Business lets users share screens and annotate PowerPoint for real-time collaboration; it also provides some cool features, such as whiteboard, polls, and Q&A to facilitate business proceedings.

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