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Microsoft 365 review

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A powerful suite of applications with many features to meet your online needs.

Microsoft 365 is more robust and offers more flexibility than its competitors. It continually fine-tunes its Office apps and offers necessary updates. It offers a range of apps, but there may be apps that you just don’t need. If you’re looking for free, or low-cost products for your needs, compare other cloud-based suites.

Details

Price starts atFree for one month, and paid plans start at $9.99/month
App Integration Yes
Tech SupportEmail
Monthly Plan$9.99

Microsoft was built on the back of two product suites: Windows and Microsoft Office. Users don’t typically pay separately for a Windows program because it’s preinstalled on so many PCs.

And Microsoft has changed how it manages future upgrades — so you won’t have to pay for those either. So you won’t have to purchase the suite, or parts of it, every few years. However, Office 365 — rebranded as Microsoft 365 has an annual subscription, giving you access to a range of Office and Microsoft cloud-based products.

Plans and pricing

Pros and cons of Microsoft 365

Pros

  • Regular, automatic system and feature upgrades
  • Compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows for seamless syncing
  • Multiple, flexible business plans
  • High-end document security and alert systems with business plans
  • Simplified billing

Cons

  • Multiple tools and features mean users may only use a fraction of what’s available
  • Steep learning curve for unfamiliar users
  • Less control with the lack of program customization options
  • Quotas on email correspondence has its limitations
  • Compatibility issues with Mac
  • Software cost extra

365 vs. G Suite

Microsoft 365 is essentially a one-stop productivity shop, but its closest competitor is Google Suite, with its free program of online cloud-based applications.

The G Suite apps can handle most Microsoft file formats, but it can get messy if you access and modify a file. When a Microsoft user picks it up, they’ll get all the G Suite modifications to that file.

Google’s apps can handle the basics, but it offers nowhere near as much as Microsoft Office, especially if you’re frequently offline. And Microsoft’s Office suite works great — better than G Suite — for office collaboration, with its online services such as Teams and OneDrive.

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Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Features Price starts at Tech Support
G Suite
Direct messaging, Video, Project management, Calendar
Free trial, and paid plans start at $6/month
Phone, Email, Live chat
An integrated suite of secure, cloud-native collaboration and productivity apps powered by Google AI.
Microsoft Teams
Direct messaging, Public chat channels, Video
Free, and paid plans start at $6/month
Phone, Email, Live chat
Invite everyone you work with to chat, meet, call, and collaborate all in one place
Monday.com
Direct messaging, Project management, Calendar
Free trial, and paid plans start at $49/month
Phone, Email
Connect to run projects and workflows with confidence
Webex
Webex
Direct messaging, Video, Calendar
, and paid plans start at $13.5/month
Phone, Live chat
Hassle-free video conferencing that just works.
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Bottom line

Microsoft 365 is more robust and offers more flexibility than its competitors. It continually fine-tunes its Office apps and offers necessary updates. Its offers a range of apps, but there may be apps that you just don’t need. If you’re looking for free, or low-cost products for your needs, compare other cloud-based suites.

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