8 OFFICE 365 FEATURES YOU SHOULD BE USING IN THE OFFICE
No doubt Office 365 is an impressive example of software in the workplace. With the opportunity to work both on the ground and in the cloud, Office 365 provides so many opportunities for your business to increase productivity. But Office 365, is more than simply a well-rounded email tool. There are so many useful features I bet you didn’t even know that would enhance your Office 365 experience.
To make sure you're making the most out of what Office 365 has to offer, consider these 8 features handpicked from your friends here at Omega!
1. MICROSOFT PLANNER
Use Microsoft Planner to stay organized when creating and tracking team projects. The Planner app takes the chaos out of teamwork and makes it very simple to create and assign tasks to teammates, share files between members, and even chat about updates and your progress on the tasks at hand.
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2. SMART LOOKUP
Does this word mean what I think it means? What’s that one phrase people always use? Is this it? Yeah, we’ve all asked those questions from time to time when writing in a Word doc. The Smart Lookup tool is really convenient when you need to quickly check the handy dandy Internet to make sure you’re not writing complete nonsense. Smart Lookup is powered by the search engine, Bing, and offers more than only definitions and spelling. You can find more information, history, and other resources to help you with those questions you have when writing in Office.
3. POWER MAP
Getting ready for a presentation that may benefit from some visually appealing mapped data? Give Power Map a try. Its an interactive feature in Excel that is enhanced with Power BI, a solution for analyzing and visualizing data. Turn those rows and columns of boring data into a 3D interactive map. You can easily use the map in PowerPoint during the presentation you’re preparing for as well.
4. RESUME READING WORD DOCUMENT
Did you receive some "light" reading in the form of a long Word document? You probably started reading it at your desk, then got sidetracked with other tasks. You decide to pick it up later, maybe after lunch or maybe at home before bed. Either way, the document is too long to reread and you lost track of where you left off. By using the resume reading feature on Word, you can easily pick up in the spot you ended on, even if you started on the office computer and want to read the rest on your mobile device. No problem!
5. REAL TIME EDITING
Working with a few people to prepare a document for a project or presentation? With the real-time co-authoring tool, you can all collaborate on the document and work on it at the same time. All you have to do is save the file to the OneDrive so your group members can work on it. This works for Excel and PowerPoint too, not just Word!
6. MICROSOFT BOOKING
Stay organized with meetings by using the Microsoft Bookings feature. The tool allows you to manage appointments from any device, anywhere, decrease the number of no-shows, and save you time. Customers who book with you will enjoy the flexibility and control they get with the tool. You can set automatic reminders to staff and customers about appointments coming up. You’ll also get a private calendar just for managing your hectic schedule of meetings ahead.
7. MICROSOFT TEAMS
Need to share information, documents, or have a quick conversation with just a handful of people? Use the Microsoft Teams feature to create teams. Teams are useful when you need to share specific information with people working on the same project or need to know that same information. Microsoft Teams allows you to chat, call, and even Skype people on your team. You can also share documents, files, apps, and your desktop.
8. MICROSOFT FLOW
Too much stuff on your plate with emails, social media, projects, etc.? Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based solution for building a steady work-flow for those time-consuming business tasks. With multiple templates to choose from regarding email, notifications, social media, and others, you can skip several steps by just a few clicks.