Updated on May 28th, 2014
Office 365 is a fresh new take on productivity tools that brings a clean and easy to use format. The suite of products gives you the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access. With the new streamlined design you can now easily interact with the software using a traditional desktop or with the touch of your finger on your touchscreen, phone, or tablet. This gives you the flexibility to take your work with you on the go. You can save a document you’ve been working on with SkyDrive and then access it picking up right where you left off from a different location.
I have been trying out a copy of Office 365 and really love the simplistic layout and paged view that gives me a clean and easy file to view. Since my laptop’s screen is a widescreen layout I have found my screen is designed really well for watching movies and other such tasks but it hasn’t always been the best layout for productivity. I have a short height to work with for reading my documents or working on a file. With the new layout in Word, my widescreen designed screen doesn’t interfere at all. The document is shown to me paged and broken down how I think a document should be displayed on a tablet with pages and large easy to find flip page buttons. This makes it so I see just my screen’s view of information at a time and it’s sized right to keep it easy to read.
You can use the Office OneNote program to make keeping notes easy. Track all your plans for an upcoming event, vacation, or other plans. All of your notes are searchable and you can take notes by typing, drawing, grabbing text or images from websites, and more. I’ve been using OneNote to easily organize and sort my scanned receipts to different tabs in my document to simplify my taxes for next year.
What’s really great about Office 365 is that everything you do can go with you wherever you are. You can install Office 365 on up to 5 devices including your desktop, laptop, tablets, and smartphone. When you connect your devices with SkyDrive you now have a virtual storage space in the cloud that you can then access to open up your documents wherever you might need to. Another really cool thing is you can have your files open in two (or more) different locations and your edits and changes are automatically updated everywhere! This makes it possible to collaborate and worth together as a team with others all virtually! When you get started with SkyDrive you get 7 GB of free storage space to securely store your files.
This is a clever commercial showing how you can use Office 365 and SkyDrive to work together without having to be in the same place. This clip features Parks and Recreation cast member Aubrey Plaza!
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