5 Office 365 tools that boost productivity in the workplace

5 Office 365 tools that boost productivity in the workplace

There’s far more to the world’s favorite productivity suite than Word, Excel, and Outlook. Office 365 combines full cloud enablement with powerful online collaboration tools needed to drive better teamwork and streamline workflows. Since the success of any business is directly tied to its productivity, it’s important to make the most out of the tools available to you. Here are some Office 365 apps that can help drive business success:

#1. Groups

Office 365 Groups brings teams together so they can collaborate on projects more effectively without having to manually exchange emails, documents, and other information. It works with other collaboration tools to assist with routine tasks like co-authoring documents, working on project plans, sending emails, and scheduling meetings. The service allows you to select the people you want to share resources with, such as Outlook inboxes, calendars, and document libraries to ensure that everyone on the team has access to the resources they need without any unnecessary permissions.

#2. Planner

Microsoft Planner is a task management tool for organizing and delegating teamwork that help people get more done in less time. It goes beyond its planning features with its integrated file sharing and instant messaging features. It’s also fully mobile-enabled, and it lets teams get organized quickly with visual task management features and maximum accessibility. For businesses with lots of teams and ongoing projects, Planner provides a convenient and centralized solution that rolls tasks across all projects into one personal task list.

#3. Teams

Microsoft Teams is a unified communications platform that incorporates secure workplace voice and video conferencing with instant messaging, file storage, and application integration. With the wide range of collaboration tools included in Office 365, Teams eases the administrative burden by bringing everything together in a single application and interface. By providing better transparency, seamless interoperability, and enriched communication, it can greatly improve productivity and break down information silos that keep many businesses from capitalizing on new market opportunities.

#4. OneDrive

OneDrive is Microsoft’s online storage solution, and all editions of Office 365 come with online storage from one terabyte and up. This gives businesses a centralized location for keeping all their files so that remote and mobile workers can easily access the documents they need to do their jobs. OneDrive also automatically synchronizes files between local and remote servers so that everyone on your team has access to the most recent document versions.

#5. Yammer

Yammer is an enterprise social networking platform that incorporates the familiar features and abilities of mainstream social media with business-grade security, privacy, and functionality. It boosts productivity through easier knowledge sharing, team communication, employee onboarding, and engagement. Companies can also use Yammer for arranging events and coordinating teams and projects similarly to how consumers use social media to arrange a weekend getaway with friends. With native integration with Skype and other productivity and collaboration tools, it helps boost productivity and engagement alike.

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