Microsoft Office is called a “productivity suite” for a reason. Some of the programs that comprise the Office Suite have been staples of business for many years, such as Word, Excel and Outlook among others. With today’s Microsoft Office you read about products like Yammer, Skype and Teams. Are these programs that can help your business productivity?
First, let’s be clear that not all of these programs are available with each subscription. Microsoft has been heavily touting it subscription-based versions of Office for some time. Those adverse to a monthly recurring cost won’t like a subscription model, but it does come with some key advantages. We have covered these in the past, so we will be brief here and focus on two key benefits.
1) A Microsoft Office 365 subscription is licensed to a user and allows up to five copies of that license to be used for different types of devices. (five computers, five tablets and five phones). That is a lot of copies of Office at no extra cost.
2) Upgrades and updates are included. When Microsoft releases Office 2019 next year (or likely late in 2018), you will be entitled to it as a subscription user instead of having to buy the licenses.
(Please be aware that Microsoft has advertised that Office 2019 will only be supported on Windows 10.)
The on-premise versions of Office (think traditional Office) will not include tools like Teams and Yammer. (Skype for Business is included). Microsoft is trying to incentivize the use of the Office 365 subscription even further by making the tools only available via the subscription model. Even among the subscription model, Office 365 Business does not contain licenses for these new tools and sticks to the traditional apps. Office 365 Premium contains the new tools at a higher price point. Click here to compare.
So, what is Yammer? Yammer is a social media platform for your business. Employees can post, make announcements and it has a look and feel like other notable social media platforms like Facebook.
How about Teams? Teams is a chat/Instant Messenger/conferencing platform that will likely cause Skype to be phased out by Microsoft. It has similar capabilities of Skype such as video conferencing but more robust and more integration capability.
Think your business can benefit from these tools or perhaps save money by using them? Even if you aren’t needing tools like Yammer and Teams, there are clear benefits to the subscription model of Office. Give us a call today to find out more and let our team of professionals help you decide the best path forward for your business.
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