Getting Extended Value Out of Your Office 365 Package

‘Do you pay an Office 365 business subscription fee?’

If ‘YES’ it’s worth understanding the digital capability that Office 365 provides you.

In fact, you may be paying for other software to perform services that could be handled within your Office 365 service’. Office 365 for Business is much more than excel, word, PowerPoint & Outlook!

Office 365 Features

As we said Office 365 is not only Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Outlook.

But a whole package of tools that will fulfil all your business needs.

Some of them are listed below:


For instance, Skype in Office 365 is not limited to four hours per call, 100 hours per month, or the messages not available after 30 days, but according to your package, such options will always be available.

Microsoft Teams In-app Integration

You can use this feature to chat, share screens or call your colleagues for conversations; all while working in Office 365 tools.

Even after closing the app, you can still converse via Teams on desktop or phone while they are editing in Office 365 tools.

Link Insertion Instead of whole files

You don’t need to send attached emails or whole files to your colleagues.

Instead, just share the link from your drive and Office 365’s cloud storage will take care of files being shared easily. Further, you can give access to editing etc.

OneNote to Calendar Event

From your OneNote, you can create Events and assign them to colleagues as tasks. In addition, you can set reminders and deadlines for those tasks and even send meeting minutes as an email with details like date, location, attendees etc.

Besides these, there are many other features within Office365 like:


The subscription fee for Office 365 Apps for Business is $8.25 for an individual.

Although the standard and premium charges are a little high at $12.50 and $20.00 respectively.

In total there are some 12 packages in Microsoft Licensing plan for Office 365. Not including the yearly packages that come at a discount price.

Free Office 365 tools

For students and educators, the Office 365 tools including PowerPoint, OneNote, Word, Excel, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools are all free of cost. 

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are also free in the web version for every user. To access this facility, go to and create a free Microsoft account. Now when you click the application icon in the browser, these tools will be available for free in the online version.

Facilities in Office 365 

In an Office 365 suite you get the following software:

Word, Excel, Publisher, Access, Teams, Outlook, Skype and Powerpoint.

These are all very powerful tools that serve your business needs and with them there usually is no need to buy any other software from any other company for your business needs.

There is literally nothing lacking in Office 365 tools. They are stable and working at the best of their capabilities.

From video and audio calling including screen sharing to writing documents and creating balance sheets, these tools will serve all your business needs.


WPS Office, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and G Suite are the most popular competitors to Microsoft 365.

But Office 365 with its cloud storage and cross-platform facilities i.e. not only being limited to your Computer or Mobile device are in a league of its own. There is no competition.

Also, Apache doesn’t give any free tools or a trial version, which is an advantage you will get in Office 365.

What is it that makes Office 365 so useful?

The best thing about Office 365 is that it has something for everyone.

  • Free tools for students and educators
  • Free web version for everyone
  • Cross-platform usage capability
  • Easy subscription and great reputation and credibility of Microsoft
  • Microsoft’s call and chat support
  • Stable products with no reporting issues or bugs

With so many benefits and features in place for both free and paid Office365 tools, there surely is no need to buy any other tools.

To learn more, and to find out how we can help you get more value out of your Office 365 package, feel free to get in touch.

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