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Office 365: Your Home Office Colleague

By December 21, 2018No Comments

Microsoft office is like the air around us for anyone using a computer for any purpose. Its brand equity is so high that people have replaced the names spreadsheet, word processor and presentation software with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint respectively. Microsoft Office products contain tools that simplify your work and increase your business productivity. It also gives you the advantage of cloud computing by providing platform-independent tools for your professional excellence.

Microsoft offers various tools with Office 365 Personal for people who prefer to work from home or simply use Office for casual or educational purpose. For freelancers, independent contractors, and consultants who are not a full-time employee of an organization, business plans of Office 365 will be quite expensive. Moreover, the business plans contain tools like SharePoint, Power BI, Skype for business which an individual won’t be using most of the time. Therefore, Office 365 comes with Personal and Home subscription plans that not only contains all the basic tools as well as premium versions of Office apps with exclusive, new features every month.

Create Your Best Work with Office 365:

  • Solve problems faster:

What if we could write mathematical equations and our computer could solve them for us?  Every non-liker of mathematics dream about it. Office 365’s ink math assistant not only converts your handwritten equations to text but solves them for you. And it does not stop here, it also teaches you the steps to solve it. It creates an interactive graph and outline variables that you can manipulate.

  • Make professional resumes:

The premium versions of Office 365 apps contain Resume Assistant for Word, powered by LinkedIn. Now, you can build your resume based on real job postings. You can get recommendations about the top skills that professionals have listed on their LinkedIn profile. This gives a better idea of the relevant skills and helps you get your next job and connect you with economic opportunity.

  • Keyboard free editing:

Ink editor gives you a keyboard-free experience by allowing gestures to edit your documents. Ink editor makes it easy to delete, split words, add new lines, insert a word, join words and more. Simply strike through the words to delete them.

If your computer supports a digital pen, you can use natural writing in PowerPoint. Ink to Text takes your handwritten notes and converts them to text to save your time.  You can use handwritten shapes to draw a precise circle, squares, and even trapezoids.

  • Budgeting made easy:

It is very difficult to track expenses and stick to a monthly budget. Office 365 provides Excel templates to track your personal finances. It contains predefined categories and advanced formulas for managing your income, expenses, and savings easily. It provides great visualization with Charts to compare our expenses and earning so that we can make faster financial decisions.

What Do You Get with an Office 365 Personal or Home Subscription?

  • Apps:

Both plans come with premium versions of Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, and Access, where Publisher and Access are for PC only. They also include Skype service with 60 minutes per month of Skype calling to mobile phones and landlines to stay in touch with your friends and family around the world.

  • One license for all:

Office 365 Personal comes with a single user license and with Office 365 Home license, 6 people can use it to create their best work. You can install MS Office on your PC or MAC, tablets, and Windows, iOS, and Android phones to use it anytime anywhere.

  • Web-based access:

Both versions give you access to the free, browser-based Office Online apps. You can read and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents in a web browser if you have stored them in an online location like Also, instead of sending email attachments, you can share a link to your uploaded documents.

  • Customer Support:

A corrupt file or missing saved resources can ruin your professional career if you are working on a deadline for a crucial project. Microsoft provides customer support to help you out in the “blackout” situations.  You get Microsoft experts via chat or phone at no extra cost to solve your problems.

  • Cloud storage:

Both plans offer a 1TB OneDrive cloud storage per person to store your files, videos, images etc. so that you can access them from anywhere on all of your devices. It also provides advanced security including ransomware detection and file recovery to safeguard your information.

  • Pricing:

  • You can buy a subscription to Office 365 Personal for $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month.
  • Office 365 Home comes with a 6-user license for $99.9 per year or $9.99 per month subscription.

Home and Business Plans Are Different:

Often small business owners confuse Office 365 Home with the Business plan probably because of similar prices but there is a huge difference between them. Office 365 Personal & Home are designed for personal use and contains productivity tools licensed for home use only. With them, you won’t have access to an Exchange server. Office 365 Business is designed for commercial use and contains email hosting, business versions of Skype, OneDrive and SharePoint. It advised allowing an IT consultant to analyze your need and lower your overall costs while equipping you with all the right tools for success.

Microsoft’s Office suite sets an extremely high benchmark for other productivity solutions. With so many features that simplify your professional life, you are actually investing your money by buying an Office 365 subscription plan.

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