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Collaborate on documents at the same time or on your own time

Easily create polished and professional documents, presentations, and spreadsheets by coauthoring with team members in real time or on your own time, whether you’re together or apart.

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Save and share documents in one secure location

Teams tasked with collectively creating reports, presentations, and other documents can spend hours in process management. Managers burn hours emailing review copies, resolving conflicting edits among the different copies, and collating changes to one final document. With OneDrive, everyone on the team can access a single document from a secure, centralized location they can keep going back to. OneDrive works seamlessly with the Office 365 apps, so team members can work directly on the same document from the shared workspace.

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Collaborate on documents in real time with coworkers around the world

Collaborating on documents becomes more difficult with the more authors, reviewers, and approvers you add to the mix. Bringing in contributors from multiple departments and from different locations around the world can make this even harder. Eliminate bottlenecks by working together on the same document in real time via coauthoring within the Office 365 apps. Multiple people can edit a document at the same time, and everyone can see what others are working on. Coauthors can even chat with each other about edits and other questions directly from within the document. With Office 365, you can work on documents from Windows, Android, and iOS devices, making it easy to collaborate.

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Go on audio or video calls for faster document collaboration

Communication is key when your team is working on documents. Wherever contributors are located, everyone needs to be on the same page throughout the different stages of the project. But getting everyone together to kick off the project, in the middle for reviews and edits, or at the end for finishing touches can be a logistical challenge, especially if your team is geographically dispersed. To get valuable inputs from contributors from different locations more efficiently, teams can meet via Skype for Business audio or video calls, share their document or screens to meeting attendees, and resolve outstanding issues without the time-consuming back-and-forth.

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Share, view, and update digital notes in a shared notebook

Working on a collaborative project often requires teams to keep track of tasks, schedules, and notes that the whole team can continually access. You can keep everyone on the team up to date by sharing notes, tasks, schedules, documents, links, and more in a OneNote digital notebook. Organize OneNote tabs and sections by team, project, or task so it’s easy to stay on top of different work streams. OneNote notebooks work seamlessly with Office 365 apps to provide a one-stop location for all things related to your project, helping your busy team stay organized and maximizing their productivity.

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Use digital ink for more intuitive edits, annotations, and illustrations

Collaboration gets a boost when you can ink, annotate, and illustrate right on your tablet, laptop, and other devices. Office 365 apps let you streamline editing by using a Windows Ink–enabled pen to instantly annotate or highlight sections of your document. With Ink Editor, you can directly edit a Word document—strike through text to delete it, circle to select it, and automatically snap highlighter ink to text. Ink Replay lets you rewind and replay the sequence of markups made by others so you can better understand their thought process.

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Case Studies

J. Walter Thompson breaks new ground with Microsoft collaboration tools

J. Walter Thompson (JWT) is a global leader in marketing communications that taps into its 150-plus years of brand-building wisdom to pioneer brands that last as long as it has. Today, JWT uses new technologies such as Microsoft Office 365 to create a global, modern workplace so the company can continue to innovate at the speed of culture. JWT uses cloud-based telephony and document storage, along with a chat-based app, to support the mobility and dynamic cocreation that’s necessary to win new business in a digital age.

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