#Microsoft365 #Office365 You do not have to be a big company to benefit from #Office365. You don’t even have to be a small company or work for yourself. I mean look at me. It’s just me and a sheep in my small company and Office 365 ROCKS our worlds!! Most people buy Office 365 for SharePoint and then they get a GAZILLION other cool stuff that they didn’t even know about. Please take the time to read this blog and see how Office 365 can save you lots of time and money AND make you more productive.

For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.


I absolutely LOVE Office 365. For years I worked in companies where it cost millions to have SharePoint, File shares or Workflow tools. And I thought I’d never have that. But I do, and I’ve had my Office 365 subscription for 5+ years now. I’m able to do incredibly cool stuff for my small one (wo)man + one sheep company and it really is incredible, even more so when you see what’s included in the subscriptions.

If you’re a small company between 1 and 300 people then I’d look at the Office 365 Business Essentials of Business Premium subscriptions.

These included Exchange (emails 50Gb), OneDrive (1 TB), SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams and Yammer, Planner, Sway, Flow and PowerApps. Both have Office Online, the Premium plan includes fully installed Office for 5 PC’s or Macs, 5 Tablets and 5 Phones, StaffHub and Microsoft Bookings.

  • Business Essentials – R73,20 p.m. per user ($5.00 p.m.)
  • Business Premium – R182,90 p.m. per user ($12.50 p.m.)

Even if you just need email, file storage and Microsoft Office for you PC, Business Premium is still worth it (15 devices), because of all the cool apps and services you get with it. And it will cost you the same as 7.3 beers (in SA anyway). AND it doesn’t make you fat.

Compare plans and pricing:

Yes you can buy subscriptions for Home use only which includes Office and some also have OneDrive and Skype for Business. See below to compare:

Some detail on the Apps you get included on most plans:

Exchange Microsoft’s Office 365 suite includes Exchange Online, which is a hosted messaging application that provides organizations with access to the full-featured version of Exchange Server. It includes access to email, calendars, contacts and tasks for any endpoint device.
OneDrive Microsoft OneDrive lets you store your personal photos, files, and folders in one place, and get to them anytime, anywhere. Learn more in this online training video.
SharePoint SharePoint Online is a cloud-based service that helps organizations share and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers. With SharePoint Online, you can access internal sites, documents, and other information from anywhere—at the office, at home, or from a mobile device.
Skype for Business Skype for Business lets you connect with co-workers or business partners in your company or around the world. Start conversations with IM, voice, or video calls. See when your contacts are available online, in a meeting, or presenting. Set industrial-strength security for meeti
Microsoft Teams Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content—along with the tools that teams need—so they can easily collaborate to achieve more.
Yammer Yammer is a social networking tool to openly connect and engage across your organization. … Stay connected outside the office with the Yammer mobile app.
Planner Planner makes it easy for your team to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, share files, chat about what you’re working on, and get updates on progress.
Sway Sway, which is part of Microsoft Office and designed for creating presentations, is in many ways an alternative to PowerPoint. … The purpose of Sway is to convey concepts quickly, easily and clearly.
Flow Create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more.
PowerAps PowerApps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile – without the time and expense of custom software development.
Office Online With Office Online you can view, edit, and share Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files on your devices using a web browser, so you can work anywhere.
Microsoft Office Suite of products developed by Microsoft Corporation that includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Each program serves a different purpose and is compatible with other programs included in the package. … Microsoft Office is the most common form of software used in the western world.
StaffHub Meet Microsoft StaffHub. For the firstline workforce,. welcome to the go-to tool. for everything work. Microsoft StaffHub. How firstline workers. live, work, and communicate. That’s because we slip work. (and the tools to manage it). into everyone’s back pocket.
Microsoft Bookings Microsoft Bookings makes it easier for your customers to schedule and manage appointments with your business.

Why are you still here? What are you waiting for? Go!

If you’re nervous about making the right decision, reach out to me. I do not sell licenses. I’m just here to help you make better informed decisions, because I want you to be as empowered as I am by Microsoft 🙂

Yours Truly

Microsoft’s Biggest Fan

Purpose of this blog challenge:  I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.