While there are now over 155 million individuals using the latest version of Microsoft Office 365, there are many others that are unsure about the true benefits that the software provides, or even exactly how cloud computing can help their company arrive at a new level of productivity.
In the first blog post in this two-part series, we explored how the cloud has supercharged Microsoft’s well-known office applications – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. But those are just one part of what makes Office 365 so revolutionary.
To truly grasp the complete advantages of Office 365, let’s dig a bit deeper into the concept of cloud computing and see how it can fundamentally improve the way your company collaborates and works.
Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive Are Foundations for Cloud Success
Placing your data and files in the cloud allows them to move between systems and people with unprecedented ease. It isn’t just about one person sharing a file as they would do with an email attachment, it’s about orchestrating your technology to provide up-to-date data to every person and application in your organization, enabling robust real-time collaboration.
Sharing data in the cloud is so important that Microsoft has developed two separate applications for the task, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft OneDrive. Though these applications may appear similar on one level, and share a common foundation, they are built with two different purposes in mind.
OneDrive – Cloud File Sharing for Individuals and Small Teams
OneDrive was designed to meet the cloud storage needs of small business and teams. While a user can grant share permissions to others as needed, by default access is maintained by just the primary user. Although rather limited in its ability to provide comprehensive cloud productivity to your whole organization, OneDrive is an excellent place for small businesses to begin their journey to the cloud.
Here are some of the features that users often tell us they like about OneDrive:
- Sync data between devices and the cloud with ease
- Store data on Microsoft servers where it’s safe