With numerous features and leading the way in cloud services, Microsoft Office 365 is expected to continue with its rapid growth. From businesses to personal use, it has something to offer everyone.
Of course, the key to optimizing Office 365 to be custom-tailored to your needs is the myriad of add-ons it has to offer.
What Is Office 365?
Office 365 is a subscription-based,cloud computingservice, updated automatically without you ever having to do anything. It is essentially a one-stop software for all your needs, featuring email, Office suites (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.), file sharing, cloud storage, and so much more.
On top of all this, Office 365 enables and empowers communication and collaboration. It’s extremely flexible but really starts to shine when you make use of the Microsoft addons.
Add-ons are what they sound like. They add extra functionality to a specific app, such as Word. Thepurpose of an add-onis to help you personalize and streamline how you choose to utilize your app.
Something for Everyone at the Office 365 Marketplace
With over 2,000 Office 365 add ins, virtually anyone can find a tool to meet their needs. However, sifting through the sheer volume of content is a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve narrowed the list down to 5 of the most popular, must-have Office 365 plugins available.
Planning a work meeting around everyone’s busy schedule is difficult at best. With FindTime, this no longer has to be a stressful dilemma. FindTime is an Outlook add-in that smooths over this process.
It shows you only the best dates and times for all your co-workers to gather for a meeting. Even better, it allows everyone to vote on a day and time, then automatically sends out an invite. This saves you heaps of time on the backend, freeing you up to prepare for the meeting rather than worrying over scheduling.
Used with your Outlook email, Boomerang offers multiple features you won’t find with other email providers like Gmail or Yahoo.
Ever needed an email sent on a day you know you won’t be available? With Boomerang, you can schedule emails to be sent at a specific time.
Need to buckle down and focus on a project? Boomerang will even let you pause your inbox so you’re not interrupted with constant notifications as new emails arrive.
These are just a few examples of the many features Boomerang boasts. If you ever dreamed of having a fully optimized email, be sure to check out this add-on.
Whether running a business or taking care of personal matters, signing documents are inescapable. And the entire process can be an annoyance. Who doesn’t hate writing their signature over a dozen times?
With DocuSign, this process is streamlined and made so much easier.
DocuSign is a Word add-on and allows you to e-sign documents or request signatures from others. It’s easy-to-use and even lets you drag and drop the signature line to multiple areas to show where people should sign.
4. Office Tabs
Thanks to web browsers, practically everyone is accustomed to having multiple tabs open at any given time.
Ever find yourself frustrated at being forced to have multiple documents open and switching back and forth between them all? Now, thanks to Office Tabs, you can have multiple files open inonewindow of Word or Excel.
Ever sent off an important email or document, only to realize after all the embarrassing grammatical mistakes and spelling errors?
With Grammarly, never send a poorly written document or email again. Grammarly works by checking your grammar, spelling, and even has a plagiarism checker. It will even give you vocabulary suggestions to replace certain words ill-suited to the sentence.
The Cloud Is Here to Stay
Microsoft Office 365 boasts powerful cloud computing power. With all of its software, apps, and data stored online, collaboration and versatility have never been made easier.
But it can be a challenge knowing exactly where to start in best deploying add-ons to aid your business.
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