Office 365 License subscription
Office 365 is a paid subscription service. Users and businesses pay a monthly subscription fee to gain access to the services. All Office 365 plans include automatic updates to their respective software at no additional charge. This differs from traditional licenses for these programs where new versions require the purchase of a new license.
The package also encompasses plans that offer Microsoft Office software products via the cloud, for business environments. These include products such as hosted Exchange Server, Skype for Business Server, and SharePoint, among others.
Office 365 Business Premium plan provides an extended range of features to provide reliability, security, administration or support.
Office 365 Updates
The Office 365 platform uses a rolling release model. Updates to the online service are provided once per quarter which provide users with the latest features and security improvements.
The Office 365 roadmap provides useful updates about upcoming features and releases.
Popular Microsoft Office 365 applications
Word – A word processing application that can be used to create and edit text-based documents.
Excel – An application to organize, format and calculate data with formulas using a spreadsheet system.
Powerpoint – An application to create slideshows that can be used to present information in an office setting.
Outlook – An email service provided by Microsoft with additional features including a calendar and task manager.
Sharepoint – A browser-based collaboration and document management platform.
Teams – A recently-released chat-based collaboration platform. It can sync with other applications in the Microsoft Office suite to provide additional functionality.
How to use Office 365
Collaborate – Work together with your team on documents and projects.
Store – Store files in the cloud which can be accessed by your team from any location.
Communicate – Communicate via email and chat apps to schedule and complete work.