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6 Essential Microsoft 365 Benefits for a Post-Pandemic World

Author

Alvaro Prieto

https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprieto/
alvaro.prieto@auxis.com

Senior Managing Director of Technology Services, Founder

There’s no question that hybrid work is here to stay. And as enterprises look for tools to help them thrive in this new era, Microsoft 365 benefits make it a must-have: weaving the digital fabric that seamlessly binds every type of worker together with secure communication, collaboration, and creation.

As the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, the traditional productivity toolset of email, calendar, word processor, and spreadsheet has had to evolve. Formerly Office 365, Microsoft 365 is the cloud-based suite of workplace productivity tools and security features all others are now measured against.

With more than 250 million active monthly users, Microsoft 365 is one of the most widely used business tools worldwide. The 2021 Forrester Wave recognized it as a content platform Leader – claiming the highest score in the strategy category and the highest score possible for market presence.

Microsoft 365 combines premium editions of Microsoft’s traditional desktop apps like Word and Excel with cloud-based products and perks like Teams and SharePoint that ensure work can get done wherever and whenever it happens. It makes it simple to integrate data, automation, and artificial intelligence into the flow of work.

In addition, the 365 platform delivers tremendous security and compliance features that make it very appealing to organizations scrambling to navigate today’s exploding cyber-risks.

Let’s look at the biggest Microsoft 365 benefits that make it easy and efficient to get work done in the modern enterprise.

How Microsoft 365 benefits your business

1. Collaborate seamlessly in the remote work era.

In today’s hybrid workplace, collaboration and communication comprise the pillars of productivity. Microsoft 365 delivers the tools necessary to make them seamless for every individual in your organization – keeping everyone in the loop whether they’re at the office, home, or across the globe.

Instead of juggling between applications, Microsoft 365 creates a central place where everyone can connect in virtual meetings, edit files, share mailboxes and calendars, create and plan tasks, collaborate on projects, and more as if they were in the same room. Real-time access eliminates confusion over versioning; everyone involved is always working on the most up-to-date document, presentation, or spreadsheet.

Forrester also recognized Microsoft as a leader in innovation, constantly adding new features to its 365 platform to help teams collaborate and communicate even better. Recently released, in preview, or on the not-so-distant horizon are additions like:

  • Microsoft Mesh for Teams, a new generation of 2D and 3D meetings with immersive spaces and personalized avatars. It’s designed to spark creativity and camaraderie and bring your physical presence into a conversation if your camera is off.
  • New capabilities in Microsoft Teams Connect make collaboration with external organizations easier and more secure.
  • Microsoft Loop, a new collaboration app that combines a flexible canvas with portable components that move freely and stay in sync across applications.
  • Context IQ, using AI to glean insights about people’s daily work and then predicting, seeking, and suggesting information when they need it.
  • Microsoft Viva, an employee experience platform that infuses communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights into the flow of work.

2. Leverage a robust, multilayered data security strategy.

With the cloud easing access to enterprise applications and documents, security is a top-of-mind concern. Accenture reported an average 270 cyber-attacks per enterprise in 2021, a 31% increase over 2020. 

Microsoft invests heavily in keeping its 365 platform highly secure, weaving the latest security and privacy controls into a multilayered strategy.

To start, state-of-the-art security infrastructure and processes protect the platform’s data centers. Within 365, users can leverage a range of robust security capabilities designed to thwart cybercriminals at every turn, including identity and access management, threat protection, information protection, and security and risk management.

For instance, the platform’s up-to-date anti-malware and anti-spam security measures protect your business from harmful attacks, while advanced threat analytics identify suspicious activity in real-time. You can also enable automatic message encryption if sensitive information like credit card or bank account numbers are detected.

Other tools protect the security of business data. For instance, files are automatically encrypted when uploaded to cloud storage and customized permissions control access. Multifactor authentication and password policies increase the security of user logins as well.

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