Working Remotely with Microsoft 365 Personal and Family Subscriptions

With more people working and learning remotely from home due to COVID-19, it’s essential to stay connected and stay on top of what matters. Canadian small businesses are facing a host of new challenges due to the coronavirus outbreak, with individuals finding that transitioning from an in-office to a home environment requires a whole new strategy. It’s not as simple as, “you can work remotely from home now – it’s business as usual!” If your remote workers are using the family home computer or tablet to work from home, you have no idea if their photos, music, videos, or emails are infected with malicious viruses like malware. To minimize the risk, consider giving your team a company-approved and secure device to limit any risks associated with using family devices. If this is not practical, consider an affordable cloud-based service to keep you connected.

The 6 Big Benefits of Using Microsoft 365 for Working Remotely

A simple solution to work safely from home is with a Microsoft 365 personal and family subscription. With this type of subscription, your remote workers will be able to access many of the core components of Microsoft Office just as they would if they were within the confines of your office building utilizing corporate networks.

1. Access to the Latest Office Applications

A subscription to Microsoft 365 includes access to modern, up-to-date desktop apps, including Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive apps. This enables anyone to coauthor, video chat, organize, and come together virtually.

2. Staying Connected

Microsoft 365 offers a robust set of free applications and services to help small businesses create, share, connect, and collaborate with coworkers from the safety of their homes. The added benefits with a personal and family subscription mean you can safely keep in touch with family and friends, keeping you all connected as well.

3. Operating System and Storage

Microsoft 365 works on any operating system — whether it’s a Windows, macOS, iOS or an Android device. With 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage per person, this is enough to store business-related documents and thousands of high-resolution photos or hundreds of hours of videos.

4. Automatic Updates

You don’t have to worry about updates, upgrades, patches, or new licenses as your subscription costs will cover these expenses.

5. Data Security and Control

This one is concerning due to an exponential increase in malicious cyberattacks. Your Microsoft 365 subscription provides advanced security features to protect you from malware and phishing and offers ongoing technical support.

The Advanced features in Microsoft 365 Business are available to help you protect your small business against cyber-threats and safeguard sensitive information. The capabilities include Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, Data loss prevention policies (DLP), Exchange Online archiving, Azure Information Protection, and Intune.

6. Enhanced Ability to Work Remotely

Since Office 365 is cloud-based, it enables users to access all their business applications and work files anytime, anywhere, using any internet-accessible device. Office 365 makes it easy for your employees to use the OneDrive App to link their OneDrive Business and personal accounts and easily switch between them.

No one knows how long it will take for businesses to return to normal. Using Microsoft 365 will help you to maintain and improve operations once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.

Our Microsoft Partnership

Using the most up-to-date tools will give your small business the confidence to get things done more effectively and efficiently. Microsoft Office 365, supported by CTECH Consulting Group, is offering qualified Calgary organizations six months of Microsoft Office 365 for free. As a Microsoft Small and Mid-Market Cloud Solutions partner, you can count on CTECH Consulting Group to know everything there is to know about Microsoft Office 365. You don’t have to worry about putting your remote workers through extensive training in the use of this advanced online productivity solution. We will take care of everything for you to ensure all your needs are met. Simply contact our team of professionals at 403-457-1478 or learn more online about our range of cybersecurity solutions and productivity software support.