The Future of Business Computing is Microsoft 365

Recently, I’ve been perturbed by the different computer ecosystems that I own. I have an iMac (MOS), iPhone/iPad (IOS), ChromeBook (Android) and at work, we use Windows 7 & 10. Twelve years ago when I was in academia teaching marketing, I switched from a PC to a Mac which suited my needs at that time, and as the iPod, iPhone and iPad became popular the advantage was that all of my devices were compatible.

About three years ago I purchased a Chromebook because it was light easy to carry, inexpensive. This is a net-computer which stores all the files in the cloud. Another reason for acquiring this device was to learn more about cloud computing which is predicated by 2025 to store 80% of all business files.

Last fall, I joined Keystone Business Brokers which have Windows 7 & 10 in their offices, another non-compatible system which I’ve had to re-familiarize myself using.

Before I go further let me say that I love my Mac and mobile devices. The operating system is smooth, intuitive, and creative apps such as Photos, iMovie, GarageBand are perfect for creating marketing projects.

For business, I need compatibility for all devices and I found it with Microsoft 365. The six main programs that I’ll be using are Word, Excel. PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and OneDrive.

Microsoft 365 is a subscription service with prices starting at $6.99 a month and higher depending on the additional services and apps added. MS 365 will allow me to collaborate online with my colleagues which is an essential feature during the “new normal.”

In summary, Microsoft has the most widely used line of office programs that can be accessed from any operating system. It allows individuals at different locations to work jointly on projects.


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