Office 365 All Seams

Office 365 All Seams



Office 365 in all stitches
Word, Excel, PowerPoint The Office edition in cloud mode includes the main building blocks of Microsoft’s historic office suite. It adds collaboration tools such as Teams.

A subscription version of Microsoft’s Office suite (the latest version is Office 2016), Office 365 was launched in 2010. This offer initially consists of an aggregate of independently developed applications, using the bricks of the Historical Office : Excel, Exchange, Sharepoint, Word… Microsoft has complemented it over the years with related applications such as the SkyDrive cloud storage service (since renamed OneDrive). But also of software resulting from acquisitions: Skype or the Yammer corporate social network, for example. Since then, the publisher has embarked on a vast project to better integrate all these bricks. 

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Office 365 Staff and Office 365 Family

Individuals, students, VSEs, SMEs, large companies and large groups, Microsoft offers Office 365 in no less than 11 packages designed to meet the needs of each of these audiences. Seven of these are specifically targeted at businesses (see table below), two are tailored for individuals : Office 365 Staff and Office 365 Family.

A 100% free offer: Office Online

These packages for individuals provide access to all the basic building blocks of the Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), but do not include collaborative applications (such as Yammer or Teams) designed for the company. An entry-level package is free: Office Online. It is limited to the web-based version of Office 365 (with Outlook.com email, OneDrive and online versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Office Online does not allow you to install the Office suite software on your computer.

Office Online (free, 100% web) | Office 365 Personal | Office 365 Family

Office 365 Personnel and Family: for individuals

Storage capacities

1TB of storage

Microsoft Office Suite

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access and Skype

Collaborative Tools

No

Telecommunications

60 minutes of phone calls included to mobiles in 8 countries and landlines in 60 countries

Price

Personal package: 7 euros including tax per month or 69 euros including tax per year

Family package: 10 euros including tax per month or 99 euros including tax per year

Office 365 Business and Enterprise

Unlike G Suite (the ex-Google Apps), Office 365 has made its mark in the field of medium-sized and large companies. In this respect, Office 365 has notably attracted a large majority of the CAC40 groups (80%). Why? Unlike Google’s offer, which is limited to web mode (or SaaS), Microsoft’s solution offers both pure web applications (with Office Online included in all packages) and software to be installed on the computer. A freedom that major players appreciate, and which gives them the flexibility they need for their vast organisation.

Office 365 Education | Office 365 Business Essentials | Office 365 Business | Office 365 Business Premium | Office 365 ProPlus | Office 365 Enterprise E1 | Office 365 Enterprise E3 | Office 365 Enterprise E5

Note: Office365 includes a security suite. Named Office365 Advanced Security Management, it combines tools for threat detection (based on behavioural analysis), access and control policy management, and monitoring the use of Office365. Office365 also includes a DLP (data loss prevention) tool.

Multiple collaborative applications

Over the past few years, Microsoft has continued to develop the collaborative component of Office 365. Several bricks have been added in order to respond to the emergence of new uses in this field:

  • Yammer. Acquired by Microsoft in 2012, the brick enriches Office 365 with a corporate social network. It took a long time to integrate him. Since March 2017, the solution has been integrated into the group management of Office 365. This allows a Yammer group to access a set of shared resources from other parts of the suite (task management with Planner, SharePoint content, notes on OneNote…).  
  • Microsoft Teams. Teams offers an alternative to the team messaging tool Slack. Like Slack, it allows you to create thematic or project-based chat threads, through which you can exchange, share documents and receive alerts. Microsoft has begun integrating Skype for Business features into Teams. The group wants to eventually make Teams the reference unified communication tool of Office 365 instead of Skype (read the article: Here is Microsoft’s killer application to counter Slack).
  • Workplace Analytics. Launched in July 2017, Workplace Analytics, is designed to track the productivity level of employees in an organization using Office 365. It generates indicators from an analysis of the use made of the office automation suite.  

In addition to Yammer, Teams and Workplace Analytics, Microsoft is enriching its suite with a series of small complementary collaborative tools: 

  •  Office 365 Planneris a team-oriented task management application. It allows you to assign missions, share them, and monitor their progress.
  • To-Do is another task management tool. Unlike Planner (which focuses on teamwork), it is designed for individual use. To-Do integrates a self-learning engine that allows it to make suggestions for tasks to be carried out according to the day of the week.
  • Office Lensturns a smartphone or tablet into a scanner. This tool allows you to take a picture of any paper document (via the terminal’s camera), then convert it, via character recognition, to Word, PowerPoint or PDF format for better exchange.
  • StaffHub is oriented towards the piloting of nomadic work forces. This application is designed to disseminate planning and other work data to field teams. 

At the same time, Microsoft is beginning to inject AI capabilities into Office 365. They notably concern Word, which now integrates several machine learning functionalities: a style assistant, an acronym analyser, as well as an engine that recommends third-party content (images, videos, etc.) according to the subject matter of the text being written (read the article: Artificial intelligence invades Office 365 and G Suite).  More recently, Microsoft has integrated a feature called Office Insights into Excel to help detect trends within an Excel sheet. 

Telecoms: another dimension

Communication is another priority for Microsoft with Office 365. Launched at the end of 2015, the Office 365 E5 package introduces a cloud PBX service (based on Skype) to manage a company’s telephony. Skype Enterprise also includes a feature (called PSTN calling) to manage calls and conference calls through a traditional telephone system (PSTN). With this new string to its bow, Microsoft is competing with telecom equipment manufacturers. Finally, Microsoft has added to the suite a solution for sharing and broadcasting video content : Stream (ex-Office 365 Video). 

In the wake of its Cloud-First, Mobile-First strategy, Microsoft offers variations of Office 365 applications for touch terminals: Windows 10 tablets, Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, but also Android or iOS (iPhone and iPad) smartphones and tablets.

Highlights

Weaknesses

Office 365 at a glance

– A suite offering both SaaS applications and regularly updated software to install via the Internet

– The scope and functional richness of the

suite – Microsoft’s historical roots in enterprise office automation



– The complexity of the tariff offer

An Office as a Platform

Another project initiated by Microsoft: the opening of Office 365 to make it a platform on which other editors can graft applications. In the same logic, the idea is also to facilitate the integration of the suite’s functions (communication, collaboration) with third party apps, iOS and Android. A policy that involves the provision of development tools and APIs (the Office 365 Connectors).

It is also with this in mind that the American group has opened the Office Store: a marketplace that aims to reference all applications that are compatible with Office 365. But also a gallery of extensions and bots in Teams. In the wake of this approach, Microsoft has signed a series of partnerships aimed at integrating its suite with the offerings of other IT heavyweights. This is the case with Salesforce, SAP or Workday.

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