Beyond the traditional desktop and online applications within Office 365, such as Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word, there are several additional services, apps, and add-ins that you may not know even exist, let alone know how and why they may be valuable to you, your colleagues, and/or your business.

The goal of this article is to review a great majority of the available (non-traditional) Office 365 services, apps, and features, and give our readers a better understanding of how and why they’re used. Hopefully, too, this information will help our audience betterdecide whether they might be interested in acquiring any of these products for themselves or their organization. –

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But before we get into that—assuming you already use Office 365—make sure you’re familiar with which apps and services are currently available to you within your particular Office 365 subscription. To do so, simply log into your Office 365 environment, and open up your “app launcher”, which is the blue grid in the left-hand corner of your web browser. See image. Note that your Office 365 environment may appear a bit differently.

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SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR OFFICE 365 SERVICES

Exchange Online is a hosted messaging application that provides organizations with access to the full-featured version of Exchange Server. It includes access to email, calendars, contacts, and tasks for any endpoint device.

Microsoft Office Delve is a data visualization and discovery tool that incorporates elements of social networking and machine learning with the search capability of the Microsoft Office 365 suite. Office Delve is a cloud-based service powered by Office Graph, which helps users find and discover pertinent information across integrated Microsoft products by pulling user content from Microsoft Exchange, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint 2016 and Yammer. 

Essentially, Office 365 Groups are a shared workspace for email, conversations, files, and events where group members can collectively get work completed. You can use groups to collaborate with people across your company, even if they don’t have access to Dynamics 365. For example, you can create a group for your sales team and invite other Office 365 users to join the group, and then share documents, conversations, meeting notes, and OneNote information related to specific accounts or opportunities. According to Microsoft, Groups works with any entities, even custom ones.

Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools that deliver insights throughout your organization. Connect to hundreds of data sources, simplify data prep, and drive ad hoc analysis. Produce beautiful reports, then publish them for your organization to consume on the web and across mobile devices. Everyone can create personalized dashboards with a unique, 360-degree view of their business.