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Office 365 review by <span>Aaron S.</span>
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Best Software In Its Class!

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What do you like best?

The software speaks for itself as the leader in all things office. What is wonderful about the 365 is the behind the scenes updates and always the latest for you. The collaboration is enhanced. The cloud options are useful. I really like the mobile applications that sync up with everything else I am doing.

What do you dislike?

I have used this for 4 years and haven't found anything I dislike yet! I know you want to hear something bad, but I don't have anything negative to say about the use of the product. At times, the Admin side of things can be frustrating. One staffer has had issues with the download to a Surface. Yet, it was accomplished!

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are tired of everyone purchasing their own software, even if it is all Office. The time it takes to upgrade and costs involved should drive you to 365. I recommend anyone to try 365. I guarantee that once you realize you do not have to purchase the next update, you will never go back!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All of our staff use the same software now so this allows for easy flow of work and more effective collaboration. We have seen financial savings. We experience less issues with office personnel having different versions and documents are then difficult to use. Now we are all on the same version all the time.

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Office 365 review by <span>Nate B.</span>
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What do you like best?

Office 365 is great for a Microsoft-centered application suite. The online portal gives you a place to administer nearly every aspect from creating and managing user email addresses, collaborative groups and distribution lists, searching and archiving inboxes, managing enterprise spam settings, and more.

It's a time saver to be able to go into a web portal, create a new user, assign them an email address, the entire Office suite, and additional programs like Visio and Project all from one page. No more managing your own on premise server, performing maintenance, and worrying about backups.

What do you dislike?

It's a Microsoft product which means it's prone to stupid little inconsistencies and annoyances that will quite possibly never be fixed or will perhaps be fixed, but just for awhile until it breaks again.

Want to download a pst file from a recent criteria based email search? You'll need a Microsoft browser to do that. Want to automatically buy a Visio license for a user when you assign it? Function doesn't work...6 months later - it works!!...3 weeks after that - it's broken again.

Also there have been a number of instances where I feel the task I want to accomplish should be easily performed through the portal, but there just isn't a way to do it and I have to fire up a PowerShell session to get it done.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be absolutely sure you know what you want when you choose your onmicrosoft domain name, because there is no way to edit that! You're only option is to create a new one and migrate everything to it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Office 365 is great for taking the load of your IT team by eliminating having to fudge around with their own server, maintain it, back it up, and troubleshoot it.

There is also an impressively powerful Office 365 Admin app for smartphones that notifies you of reported issues and let's you do a number of tasks related to user management from the convenience of your phone which is great for severing access for a no-heads up termination while you're out to lunch.

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Office 365 review by <span>Samuel C.</span>
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Office 365 is cutting edge!

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What do you like best?

Office 365 stays current with the newest technology and is always making improvements. I do not have to download updates; they are automatically applied. Additionally, the updates are actually relevant and helpful. The new features are relevant and useful. Microsoft has done a great job of listening to what users have wanted for years and had to implement with workarounds but now with Office 365 monthly updates can use quickly and efficiently.

What do you dislike?

If you are not using the latest version of Office, you cannot use the newest updates. Also, if I want to utilize a function and a workmate does not have it, I cannot incorporate that functionality in my document. I understand I am using a different version of the software than them, but it makes it tedious for checking my functions or graphs, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you are on the newest version of Office software so you can take advantage of the newest implementations. Either that or have everyone on the same version so that you do not run into compatibility issues. Also, watch the update videos and try out the new features. For instance, in Excel, many of the old array formulas can now be done with standard formulas, which makes the files fun more efficiently and make editing way easier!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Most of my data reporting is completed with Office 365. I use it almost constantly. For example, I used to make box and whisker plots almost daily. In older versions of Excel, I would have to do a work around with bar graphs and a secondary axis, which took a considerable amount of research and time. Now, because of the automatic updates, I can make a box and whisker plot automatically! Also, the ability to collaborate with colleagues in real time within Excel is very helpful as we can save time completing projects by having multiple people edit documents at the same time instead of emailing a document around, losing data, re-checking, etc.

Also, it integrates great with other software, such as Short Tel communications within Outlook.

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Office 365 review by <span>Sun K.</span>
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What do you like best?

Office 365 offers the complete suite of Office 2016 (and any future updates) via a subscription service. It makes sense if you regularly upgrade your version of Office whenever a new version comes out - and it includes up to 50GB of email and storage too. Even better, you can turn off your old Exchange servers.

What do you dislike?

The email services are not as inexpensive as a standard POP account, and once you start getting your software on a subscription basis you are basically captive to them forever - unless you go out and buy your own copy of software and sign up to another email service. But - it isn't that expensive, and what you get is of great value.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have Exchange server in your organization and/or older versions of Office, seriously consider moving to Office 365. The maintenance costs of Exchange server are usually higher and with more downtime on your own, this pushes the costs back on to Microsoft. Invariably, we had outages of 1-2 days every couple years with various Exchange servers and the cost to recover was usually in the thousands.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Office 365 allows us to standardize on the latest version of Office, while allowing some flexibility as to our needs. For example, the E3 enterprise subscription offers more products that aren't included in the lower level Small Business subscription - so you can pick and choose what you need - and you can do it on a user by user basis. Best of all, it allows us to retire Exchange servers - which have always been problematical, clunky, expensive to operate and maintain, and push it all back onto Microsoft. Now when there is an outage you can just sit back and wait for it to be fixed rather than put forth a herculean effort to figure out the obscure reason why it failed - often while working with Microsoft's support on their timetable and not yours.

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Office 365 review by <span>Matthew K.</span>
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What do you like best?

It is nice to have web access to productivity apps so you can work from other machines without worrying about cached data. it is also nice to be able to have everything so integrated.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the web-versions feel laggy compared to desktop apps. If the web is down, somethings just don't work. It does not integrate with Skype to save conversations without impacting performance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend you start with the basic version, then upgrade as needed - there is no need for every employee to have access to all the apps if they are not using them. A good audit of existing uses should also be undertaken so you are not scrambling to provide apps after the load. Finally, migration from a legacy email to O365 should be carefully planned and executed - we had some issues with the migration process due to poor planning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Archiving and recordkeeping are simple and easy.

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Office 365 review by <span>Shirley-Ann A.</span>
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What do you like best?

The ability to access, develop, amend and share many type of documents online. No need to log onto a personal computer. Everything is accessible even by phone.

What do you dislike?

Some functionality is absent when compared to the on-computer tools. It also takes a bit of getting used to, since the menu operates a bit differently and not everything is in the same place. But these are all expected shortcomings of an online program - we can't expect it to be the same as the desktop version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product with great functionality, and of course a name that is trusted and familiar to many. I would recommend having both the desktop version and Office 365, as there is some functionality, particularly with excel - that is not available (or easily found) on the with the online version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is incredibly easy to create and access documents on the go. There is no need to email documents or save them onto an external drive. Once they are saved on the cloud (OneDrive), there is no need to download/upload etc - unless it is necessary to do so. Document sharing is also easily achieved, and you can have many collaborators work on a single document at the same time. It is a great way to give a team access to all the current documents, and have it accessible at all times.

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