Demystifying Office 365 For SMEs (Simplified Version)

Microsoft scored several coups recently in its cloud position.  Their efforts culminated in their last financial results and brought cheers to investors. 

Here in Singapore, they hit a major homerun with DBS for its 22,000 workforce to subscribe to Office 365.

Office 365 has since been gaining traction.  However though, many endusers are still puzzled to what actually Office 365 is.

A commonly heard explanation was the lack of awareness in the SME space.

Even if Office 365 has a short history, it still is unusual after so much marketing resources have been pumped into communication campaigns, and yet yielded little understanding in the psyche of layman consumers.

On the other hand, many are aware of the basics of Google apps package.  Little explanation was required.

One often heard statement is drawing a correlation between Office 2016 and Office 365.  The former is the conventional productivity suite of software endusers could buy.  And that’s it.  Nothing else.

Office 365, however, contains other components.

Is Microsoft doing a lousy job in creating awareness for its crown jewel?  Does it need to fine-tune its Office 365 communications?  Maybe not. Going by some recent surveys and reports, its Office 365 subscription has been garnering impressive traction!  Though it is not quite sure if the traction comes from SMEs or large organisations.

Whichever the case, let’s face it, there would always be pockets of endusers out there who are clueless by any innovations in the world.

But that being said, I thought it is good for a quick and easy way to break Office 365 down, especially for endusers in SME space.

  • Office 365 has a little more to offer than Microsoft Office 2016
  • Office 365 has basically 4 parts..
  1. Microsoft Office 2016
  2. Skype for Business (not the personal version)
  3. SharePoint Online
  4. Exchange Online

There you go.  If you are still puzzled by Office 365, just remember the above two main pointers to help you get a quick grasp.

And perhaps speak with your trusted IT partner to dive in more for each components

Hope it helps.