Top 5 features of new Office for small businesses

Tuesday 30 July 2013


In a competitive trading environment, it is important for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to maximise productivity and operational efficiency. SMBs are competing against various other operators for market share - including larger, better-resourced companies - and as such they need to take advantage of each and every opportunity.

Staying up to date with IT is one way your business can remain ahead of its rivals, or at the very worst, keep pace with them. With innovation continuing rapidly, new solutions are emerging all the time - and upgrading ensures SMBs can access a range of productivity features. These can help each employee to do their job more effectively, potentially leading to gains across departments and companies as a whole.

What benefits can Office 2013 deliver?

The new Office suite is designed to support individual working, but perhaps more importantly, collaboration between users. Employees can enjoy virtually anywhere access to the applications they need to do their work - including business-grade email, calendar and video conferencing. Users can also access files, documents and data across multiple devices, ensuring they can remain productive on the move.

SMBs have four Office 2013 suites to choose from, according to how many features they require and how much they want to pay. These are Office Home & Business 2013, Office Professional 2013, Office Standard 2013 and Office Professional Plus 2013. Each of the suites includes the following five software packages - Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, OneNote 2013 and Outlook 2013.

Word 2013

The latest version of Microsoft's most popular word processing package allows users to create professional looking documents featuring text, graphics, tables and charts. Word 2013 has been designed to suit the needs of tablet users operating Windows 8.

Excel 2013

SMBs can use Excel 2013 to conduct accounting tasks, and also analyse their data and present it in a variety of formats. Simply input your data, text or formulas into spreadsheet cells, and then allow Excel to do the calculations and creates tables, graphs and charts.

PowerPoint 2013

Businesses can use the latest version of PowerPoint to create presentations for the benefit of employees, partners, customers and other third-parties. With new templates available among a range of new features, SMBs have more guidance than ever when starting a project.

OneNote 2013

SMBs can use OneNote 2013 to collect information in a single, accessible location. The latest version of the digital notebook has a clean, fresh look, and is fully integrated with the cloud.

Outlook 2013

In an increasingly connected world, it is vitally important for SMB leaders and employees to have the most up-to-date email and calendar tools. Outlook 2013 offers the latest social features, helping to support collaborative working.

Find out more about how Office 2013 can help your SMB boost productivity in the workplace.

Posted by Sarah Parish