Microsoft launched the updated version of its subscription-based online office and software plus service Office 365 last year. Despite that, many consumers are still taken aback from the fact that Office 365 requires a subscription. Users are not really willing to make periodic payments to use the service. However, investing in Office 365 is worth it and there are some well-grounded reasons for that.
Software upgrading is free – With the quickly developing technology, programs are updated more and more frequently than before. Business software is no exception, take for example the recently released Office 2016. As you probably know, every time there is a new version of Office, users need to pay to upgrade to it. With Office 365, however, things are completely different. The software is renewed automatically and it will not require you to pay for an upgrade.
Bargain price – Microsoft’s Office 365 enables you to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Access, Outlook, as well as Publisher. Consumers will get all that in the Home Premium version of the software for an annual price of only $9.99 a month. In addition, they will be able to install and use the Office programs on five different PCs or Macs, as well as on up to 5 smartphones. That makes Office 365 perfect for big households or even companies.
Others can also work on your documents – People who haven’t bought the latest version of Microsoft’s Office are also able to view, edit and use them. That is possible through the company’s cloud service SkyDrive. In other words, you will have no problems sharing your docs and Office files with your friends and colleagues who work on older versions of the program.
You can always unsubscribe – As we already mentioned, Office 365 is a subscription-based software service. That means that you can always unsubscribe if you decide that it doesn’t work for you. The best thing is that all of your files which you have uploaded on SkyDrive will be saved. In that way they won’t be lost and you will still be able to access them on SkyDrive for free.
You get your own storage spot–Every Office 365 user has his or her own account on SkyDrive. So you will have your very own private storage space on the web. However, if you are not fan of cloud storing, you can simply save your files the old-fashioned way – on your device.
Extras – When you subscribe to Office 365, you automatically get 1 hour of Skype time every month. That means that you will have the chance to call regular numbers through Skype for free.
You can use it even without Internet – Office 365 uses the web to update the software and to synchronize your files with the cloud. When the Internet is down, you can still create, manage, edit, view, and delete your documents on your PC device. When the Internet is back on, Office 365 will refresh the storage on your SkyDrive account by uploading all the new docs on the cloud.
Microsoft’s Office 365 service is worth investing for many other reasons. It has a new and attractive interface and it is touch screen-friendly. The rest of the Office 365 advantages we leave to you to discover.