1. Microsoft 365

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Microsoft Office may not be the first platform you think of when it comes to collaboration, but this now runs at the heart of the Office 365 (now Microsoft 365) cloud-based office suite.

This is important because Microsoft Office remains the most used and therefore important office suite out there, and while there are competitors such as OpenOffice and G Suite they still haven’t caught up to the same level of functionality and ease of use.

Therefore as Microsoft Office is likely to be at the heart of many businesses, the move to Office 365 offers a number of advantages, not least the ability for teams to collaborate directly on the same set of documents. This could be anything from work shifts in an Excel spreadsheet, to a presentation in Powerpoint, to client reports written in Word.

Added to this is that Microsoft Teams now comes bundled with a number of Office 365 packages, allowing for Unified Communications integrated with the traditional office software.

What makes Office 365 more attractice is that as a cloud-hosted platform it can be used not just with Windows, but also Mac, Android, and iOS.

Pricing for Office 365 depends on whether you are buying for personal or business use, with fees starting from $6.99 or $8.25 a month per use, with business use requiring pre-paid annual plans.

However, one little advertised alternative option is Office 365 Business Essentials, which offers most of the same software packages and options as above, but only comes in at $5 per month per user when paid annually. This makes the entire package extremely cost-effective, especially when compared to standalone UC and collaboration software prices.

Altogether, while much of the software featured in this guide is dedicated toward collaboration, as can be seen with Office 365 collaboration is becoming normalized even in big name mainstream software.

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