Often hailed as the ‘digital office king’, and probably the most used digital suite of tools in the working world, Microsoft 365 hosts the most useful and business-ready products on the market today. From Word to PowerPoint and the dynamic workhorse that is Excel, Microsoft 365 has everything you could need. However, not as much thought is given to the range of benefits that businesses could gain from the under-utilised apps included in Microsoft 365. Below, we take a look at the lesser-known siblings of the Microsoft package and how they can make tasks and processes easier for you and your business.
Despite being surrounded by stiff competition in the sector, Microsoft Project remains a popular and easy-to-use project management software. Great for beginners or pros, Project integrates easily with other software in the suite and is a great way to take the hassle and cost out of project management.
Visio is a little bit like its brother, Power BI. A comprehensive flowchart software, Visio makes it relatively simple and easy to create striking business visuals.The software comes with dozens of premade templates, starter diagrams and stencils in both the desktop and web apps. It’s a quick win for your business.
A digital solution for all your creative moments, OneNote is a digital notation program that allows you to type, write or draw with a stylus (or your finger). You can copy and paste pictures from the web, and more generally use its menus to organise your thoughts when you’re working.
A little more formal and dynamic than OneNote, Microsoft Planner is a task management application that uses boards and features like checklists and labels to help organise your team’s tasks and ongoing workflow. It can automatically transform a task’s status into a pie or bar chart (for some quick, handy visuals) and is recommended as a great companion to Microsoft Teams.
Yammer is the most interesting of Microsoft 365’s suite of lesser-known tools. In short, it is a kind of internal social media program that allows you to connect and communicate with other hubs/offices. It’s a great way of communicating and engaging with all members of a business, whilst getting an overview of your growth. Equally, it’s a good way to facilitate collaboration between departments and a useful platform to make sure everyone gets heard in a larger enterprise. It can also be used to communicate with outside businesses.
Introducing Desktop by Digital Workplace
If you’re looking to integrate the lesser-known applications included in Office 365 simply and efficiently, look no further than Desktop by Digital Workplace. Created to give you access to everything you need on a day-to-day basis in one, easy to navigate place, Desktop facilitates true collaboration with colleagues in the workplace. Digital Workplace syncs your emails, calendar information, contact details, files and business or productivity applications so your teams’ workspaces are efficient, manageable and just make sense.
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