Office 365 – collaborate, share, excel!

In the words of Microsoft, “working well means working together” and that is very much the ethos of their highly praised Office 365 platform. Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of well-known workplace applications that seamlessly synch in real-time across different devices and operating systems. For the first time ever, the code base of the Office 365 offering is shared across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices – your employees can now be connected in real-time no matter what device or system they are using!
There are so many benefits to this platform but one of the main ones has to be the cloud-based real-time editing functionality. Now multiple collaborators can edit documents live – work on PowerPoint presentations, edit Word documents and perfect Excel formulas collectively as you prepare for that big pitch or client meeting. Users can chat via video or instant messenger using the fully integrated Teams app, which works equally well across desktop and smartphones.

Use Word, write together…

The experience of writing together in Office 365’s version of Word is both refreshing and exciting. Users will see the initials of other collaborators appear in real time in the position of their cursor, and watching other people contributing to a shared business proposal or board report feels oddly satisfying – you’ll wonder why you ever saved multiple versions and worked so inefficiently in the past, and you’ll never look back once you’ve tried it!

Power through your presentations with PowerPoint

With the Office 365 version of PowerPoint, when you log into a shared document with multiple collaborators you will easily be able to see the changes that have been made. Slides with changes will be highlighted in turquoise, and when opening the specific slide the edits will be clearly shown.

Due to the clever technology, it is impossible for two collaborators to edit the same part of the presentation at the same time with brightly coloured boxes indicating areas that are already being edited and are therefore locked. Microsoft have also safeguarded against accidentally saving over changes of other users by highlighting any conflicting changes. Made a mistake? No worries – you can access multiple earlier versions of your slideshow by clicking on the activity button and restore from a back-up.

Excel at spreadsheets!

Empower your accounting A-team by letting them collectively pull together your annual budget with Excel in Office 365. As with PowerPoint and Word, multiple collaborators can edit using Excel in real-time. Users are highlighted via their cursors but with Excel there’s a nice feature that allows you to click the image of each user to jump into the cell they’re editing at any one time. If all users have autosave enabled, the document is updated within seconds and all changes are highlighted. As with the other apps, if you make a mistake, don’t worry as you can restore to an earlier version using the browse version history feature.

Want to get involved and start working together with your team? Talk to us today about how we can support your transition to Office 365: https://www.dynamicedge.com/contact-us/

Client testimonials

Acumen

'We have used Dynamic Edge for nearly 10 years to look after our IT affairs. We started off with a managed IT service contract and have grown to them now looking after our IT, Hosting of our Servers, Phone System and Connectivity. They are always easy to get hold of if there is an IT issue and resolve these issues as fast as possible. We have a team of over 40 across two offices and we need a robust system and fast response to keep that going – Rob, Stuart and the team at Dynamic Edge fit the bill perfectly and I would have no issues recommending them.'

Ross Murray, Director, Acumen Accountants and Advisors - www.acumen.info

Alpha Petroleum

“Dynamic Edge are dynamic and do have the edge.  We have had several recommendations that have led to upgrades over recent months and all have gone smoothly.  From the CEO down, the team are approachable, helpful and nothing is too much bother.  I would not hesitate to recommend Dynamic Edge for all your IT requirements.”

Caz Dobson, Office Manager, Alpha Petroleum - www.alphapetroleum.com

John Lawrie

“John Lawrie is a very demanding business, constantly striving for improvement and always targeting growth, either organically or through acquisition.

When considering service providers we need to work with businesses that can come on that journey with us. Dynamic Edge is one of those. They get it.”

Charlie Parker, Director, John Lawrie Group - johnlawrie.com

Inspire

"Inspire have worked with Dynamic Edge for 9 years. They provide the organisation with IT and comms

support. They have provisioned an infrastructure that is safe and user friendly across an organisation of diverse users.  They always go above and beyond the contract to support the charity and look for cost effective solutions .

The staff are friendly, professional and always willing to help. The CEO and managing director are approachable and willing to step in if and when necessary . I feel they make an excellent alternative to to an in-house solution."

Linda Gray, CEO, Inspire - www.inspireptl.org.uk

Jasmine Group

“I engaged with Dynamic Edge almost 10 years ago to support the technology we use in our business. Back then they had 4 staff, now they have almost 40 skilled engineers. As our business has grown Dynamic Edge has grown with us and now look after all areas of technology both from a reactive support perspective to proactive monitoring an automation.”

Allan Smith, Business Development Director, Jasmine Group www.wearejasmine.co.uk

Sistema Scotland

"The Dynamic Edge team have been working with our charity since 2015, providing us with a solution for our IT needs and supporting the process on a day to day basis through their helpdesk. As our organisation has grown in size we have had no hesitation in looking to Rob and his team for their knowledge in providing a custom built database and looking at new ways of developing our IT system across four centres. We value and rely on their expertise and quick response through the various services they provide to ensure ongoing support."

Amanda Wilson, Operations Support Manager, Sistema Scotland - makeabignoise.org.uk

Arnlea

“As a software product business, we were keen to avoid the increasing distraction of dealing with our own IT infrastructure and issues.  With Dynamic Edge, not only has that distraction disappeared, the level of service delivered is second to none.  The helpdesk team is professional, knowledgeable, responsive and friendly – but this is supplemented by an onsite presence every week.  Dynamic Edge totally get our IT needs – we could not be happier.”

Allan Merritt, Managing Director, Arnlea Systems - www.arnlea.com

80:20 Communications

“Dynamic Edge are a great technology partner for our business. As well as solving all our day-to-day IT challenges they are very proactive in helping us evolve our systems as our business grows. They’re always very responsive and provide a friendly, relationship-based service. Delighted to recommend them to anyone looking for peace of mind and value on the tech front.”

Marc Cornelius, Founder & Managing Director, www.8020comms.com/

 

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