Lungs are to breathing as Microsoft Office is to ...
David DJ Ryan | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 21, 2018

Lungs are to breathing as Microsoft Office is to ...

Score 10 out of 10
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Microsoft Office 365 (Cloud)

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Office 365

My usage of Microsoft 365 is from a consultant perspective. I typically use two and sometimes three different desktop computer, laptop and/or tablets within one week depending on whether I am in a coffee shop networking, on a client's site or at my home office. The Microsoft cloud and my suite of Microsoft 365 products are accessible anytime and allow me to share my work with clients and peers as needed.
  • Synchronization of cloud and on-device storage makes working offline a breeze
  • Office products Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook work seamlessly with Microsoft apps such as One Drive
  • Upgrades and updates are automatic and can be scheduled or accepted. Big time saver versus one-time purchase such as Office 2016
  • I use process flowcharts frequently as a consultant. I have not found a useful Microsoft app to provide this capability that helps produce a professional result. Smart Art is quite limited.
  • Screen capture is limited with tools such as "Snip". I'm forced to use third-party tools such as Snagit. I use image capture every day to create training materials and reports.
  • Creating documents with an Index and reference paragraphs I find difficult to use.
  • The seamless usage of Office tools in real-time in front of potential customers provides compelling confirmation of expertise and helps win business.
  • The ROI is for my customers as I am able to provide rapid analysis and response remotely and on their site.
  • Microsoft Office is to business productivity as lungs are to breathing
Google apps are another set of tools frequently used for business. I find that the apps provided by Google while helpful do not match the depth of functionality nor ease of use as Microsoft Office and related Microsoft apps. At one time, I was splitting my online tools between Microsoft, Google and Mac depending on my customer needs. It was a beyond frustrating environment to operate in. Everything I do now in business is through Microsoft products.
Collaboration with clients and peers. My clients need to import data from different sources and often requiring a transformation of the data (such as parsing or concatenating) prior to importing. Excel is quite useful as a common tool for me and clients to make that handoff of XLS and CSV files, completing the transformation prior to importing.