Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365)
Microsoft 365 is used office wide, primarily for Word, PowerPoint and Excel. While there are cloud based options (like Google sheet/slides/docs, etc.) 365 is pretty much the standard office program for the world. The reasonable cost of it is a big bonus as well, especially for a small business, as we don't have the biggest tech budget. Being able to have the preferred industry standard for a low price helps us a lot.
- Word is great for doing basic documents, contracts, etc.
- Excel has been ever evolving and is now so much more than a spreadsheet program, but a way to visualize and appreciate data in new ways.
- Powerpoint is fantastic for making presentations that can easily be turned into videos or shareable documents.
- First time install and setup is always problematic. Most new computers seem to come with a stripped down trial version and getting it to accept my license code to activate it is a pain. So much so that I typically will just uninstall it from a new computer and do a fresh install.
- Word - creating documents, contracts, etc.
- Excel - tracking data trends, invoices, accounting.
- PowerPoint - creating dynamic presentations.
- Microsoft 365 has been great for quickly creating good looking documents. Microsoft continues to roll out improvements, and the automatic updates and integration with Windows mean that I always have the latest versions without having to waste time on upgrades.
- Google Workspace (formerly G Suite)
Even though we get the full suite of Google office applications with our Google Workplace account, Microsoft 365 is still the standard for business, so we use it to create documents that are used to communicate with other businesses.
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If you are using anything other than Microsoft 365, especially Word, and take your documents into something like Google docs, Google will invariably butcher your formatting (and vice versa). Since most companies and higher education institutions all use Microsoft 365 it is just the prudent move to have it installed on your computers. The cloud version of Microsoft 365 is a bit more limited, but is useful for creating documents collaboratively, since multiple people can edit them at once.