Posted by Indusa Admin on May 3, 2016 5:17 am
user experienceFrom the shift from isolated cubicles, away from colleagues and peers, to an open office floor plan with shared desks, workplace dynamics have truly transformed over the years. More emphasis is given to teamwork and shared communication for improved workplace productivity. A similar trend is transforming the enterprise technology space – employees have progressed from working on individual, isolated desktops to having collaborative sharing and communication through MS Office, Outlook, SharePoint, and the Cloud. Devices are connected, disparate applications exchange information with each other, and everyone is encouraged to use digital tools to work more closely with our peers.
When Microsoft released Office 365 in 2011, the software package fulfilled most of these goals. Not only did it support collaborative working, it also brought people and teams together. Employees had easy access to critical business data, online meetings with peers, team collaborative, information sharing, and performed a plethora of tasks on Word, Excel, and SharePoint. O365 provided an intuitive user engagement, giving employees more ways to share, ultimately enabling efficient organizing, authoring and publishing of documents, in addition to unlimited Cloud storage to store, update, and access their work files from anywhere.
The integration of Yammer brought a social twist to the entire O365 experience and gave employees a chance to indulge in casual networking with others. Office Delve helped bring personalized and relevant content to users that further augmented their productivity and efficiency. Ultimately, Office 365 made the workplace more collaborative, social, and interactive.
What Users and Organizations Expect
Several organizations used to find the Office 365 experience incoherent. As they navigated between the various apps, they got the distinct feeling they were working in many different and loosely connected environments. The shift isn’t smooth enough and there was a lot that could be done to ensure navigation is seamless, leading to a better user experience.
O365 today is a powerful suite of increasingly capable collaborative apps and features. However many are still skeptical about the security of the cloud and companies expect higher security of sensitive company data. This has been one of the primary reasons organizations that still rely on in-house and on-premises systems have shown resistance in adopting Microsoft’s cloud-only solution.
O365 used to not allow for the same capacity limit as its on-premises counterparts. Storage limit per user, file upload limits, address book limits, site collection quota, mailbox size, message limits, website storage limit, and recipient rate limit numbers can vary from on-premises versions and between subscription plans on Office 365 which need to be carefully studied before deciding on a migration.
How Microsoft is Getting There
In order to capitalize on its current success, Microsoft has incorporated several new and improved features for O365 with its Office 2016 release:
- Superior User Experience: A big push in the “user-centric” experience was the need of the hour. Users today expect a certain level of expertise from the technology they use; the user’s experience in finding and working with files, can no longer be ignored. By introducing a range of user-centric features like ink annotations in Word and PowerPoint, new charts and functions in Excel, simple and easy file storage, sharing and document collaboration, and close integration with O365, OneDrive for Business, and Office Delve, Office 2016 is set to enhance the entire user experience. Improving mobile access to content, people, and applications, in addition to touch-based experiences across devices and screen sizes, enables improved user productivity across your business.
- Enhanced Technology: As business needs and technological advancements converge, IT users have a unique opportunity to take advantage of new Office 2016 innovations like Cortana integration, Office Mobile Apps, and Windows 10. With the OneDrive cloud storage, you can stay connected from anywhere and at any time. In addition, enhanced data security and compliance through simplified configuration and administration for regulatory policies allows users to control access to company and customer-sensitive data by making user authorization more central, flexible, and seamless.
- Flexible Development Options: By offering a unified development experience across server and cloud with modern APIs, Office 2016 supports a broad ecosystem that spans across on-premises and cloud deployments. By giving developers new ways to create contextual solutions from the web, mobile apps, and Office, you can offer simpler and more robust APIs and tool improvements and make building solutions easier than ever before. Choose from the various flexible O365 subscription plans and pick the one that best suits your business. Enjoy full installation of Office apps, 1 TB of OneDrive storage and access to free-tech support from Microsoft’s trained experts.
Transform the Way You Do Business
In today’s fluctuating business and technology environment, reacting swiftly to varying business essentials and user demands can be challenging. With the new Office 2016 enhancements and improvements, you can make the most of O365 and transform the way you do business. With these new features in Office 2016 you can unlock breakthrough performance and resiliency, and quickly build solutions that increase your business productivity and excellence.
About the Author – Neha Kumar
Neha Kumar is a digital media evangelist and marketing professional. She overlooks Indusa’s content management, social media, online events, email marketing, blogs, digital campaigns, lead generation and inside sales activities on a broader scale.