5 Game-Changing Treasures in an Office 365 Subscription


Hidden (and not so hidden) little gems in Office 365

By Ben Weeks

With the large amount of benefits that come with an Office 365 subscription, it’s easy to overlook some capabilities that you may be missing out on. In this article, we’ll run through some of these hidden gems to make sure you’re getting the most from your subscription as a user.

1. Install desktop applications

Office 365 gives us the ability to work from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. But don’t forget, as well as using office online to edit documents, you can also install the desktop applications on up to 5 machines

Install your desktop applications

2. Microsoft Forms

Microsoft Forms is a simple online form/survey creator. It’s simple for end users to put together and share with others, even sharing with external users outside of your organisation.

Get started with Microsoft Forms

3. Microsoft Flow

Automate tasks, create workflows, and connect your apps and services for notifications and synchronizing data. For example, when someone completes a Microsoft Form above, you can save the submissions to a SharePoint list, or even a Google Spreadsheet. Flow has various connectors allowing it to connect to a vast array of services, even HTTP REST end points and your own custom code in Azure.

Get started with Microsoft Flow

4. Microsoft Teams


Collaborate in real time and keep your Outlook inbox free

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a communication hub that combines data storage (using SharePoint under the hood), meetings (that you can record), notes, voice as well as an enterprise chat function. It’s a great way to reduce the number of emails within a group or project team.

Get started with Microsoft Teams

5. Microsoft Planner


Quick easy planning in a visually intuitive way

Microsoft Planner

With Microsoft Planner you create new plans, even within Teams, as well as assign tasks and share files with other users. Organise teamwork and collaborate on projects in a simple, visual way (in a Kanban style board very similar to Trello).

Get started with Microsoft Planner

We hope this article has given you some ideas as to how you can make use of your Office 365 subscription. We, at Cielo Costa, are Microsoft Office 365 experts and have helped several SME businesses develop and benefit from the Microsoft suite of applications inclusive of Office 365. Why not take a look through the apps that are available to you (such as MyAnalytics).