Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft 365 Business Premium
We use the full 365 Office Suite, with Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneDrive being the most heavily used applications. It's the industry standard, so it plays nice with the applications most of our vendors, partners and clients use. And with the subscription feature, we have access to the latest applications and updates, which gives us tremendous peace of mind from an IT security standpoint.
- Integration -- all applications in the suite work well together and with other office software
- Online resources -- available templates are plentiful and save time
- Collaboration -- sharing resources is incredibly easy and collaboration tools are well designed
- Mac compatibility -- applications are not as reliable on Mac platforms
- Mac compatibility -- difficult to integrate with Apple file formats
- Speed -- opening documents or spreadsheets can sometimes bog down machines
- Powerful spreadsheet and document processing tools
- Outlook calendar is a must-have for busy professionals
- Ongoing security and usability updates are essential
- The subscription feature makes it easy to keep track of licenses, and has all but eliminated the risk of lost software dollars when a machine goes down
- Paying a monthly per-seat fee is much more economical than purchasing individual licenses for each user or machine
- The Business Premium level includes everything an office worker might need, so we don't have to worry about buying individual applications
The honest truth is that Microsoft 365 doesn't have any real competition. Apple's office applications are attractive and simple, and OpenOffice is great because it's free, but neither suite offers the power, compatibility, scalability and ease of use that 365 does. The mail/calendar applications are a prime example -- any time someone sends you a calendar invite and you don't have Outlook, you're at a significant disadvantage.
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I can't think of a single business that wouldn't benefit from 365 since it's what most other businesses use. While there are competitors out there, 365 continues to be the standard, making it indispensable for any 21st-century office. Its widespread adoption also helps when recruiting potential employees, as there's an excellent chance the candidate has used some or all of the suite's applications in a previous position. But it's not perfect, and if you're [an] Apple shop, you may be frustrated by the somewhat less reliable performance on Mac machines.