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The Best Microsoft Tools for Remote Working

The right tools can make all the difference in your teams productivity. The use of technology makes remote work possible, and we rely on various tools to help us communicate, collaborate, and stay organised while working remotely.

As remote working grows in popularity, so do the number of tools out there available to support it. But how do you know which tools are the best ones to use?

In this article, we explore some of the most valuable Microsoft tools for any business to enable remote working, and the best part – you may already have access to them!


Microsoft Teams

Many businesses have facilitated remote working through the use of Microsoft Teams. Regarded as one of the best communication and collaboration platforms available, Microsoft Teams can be deployed quickly and is very easy to pick up.

Integrating directly with other products in the Microsoft 365 family, Teams allows for effective collaboration and communication between your staff.

With a Microsoft 365 Business Voice licence, you can also utilise Teams as a cost-effective, cloud based telephony solution.

Azure Virtual Desktop

Microsoft’s Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is an efficient, productive, and secure approach to desktop virtualisation. Running on a remote server, it enables your team to securely access work applications from wherever they are and from any device.

Virtual desktops are becoming increasingly popular amongst remote workforces. In the past, large server infrastructure was required to run these, often coming at great expense, but with the advent of AVD, it has become more affordable and accessible for all businesses.

Microsoft SharePoint

Serving as a central hub for all of your documents, Microsoft SharePoint is probably one of the most important apps to have.

Gone are the days where a file server is required in your office, taking up space, and costing a fortune to maintain. With SharePoint, all of your documents are saved in the Cloud and are accessible to your team no matter where they are and what device they are on.

With the co-authoring feature, your team are able to access and work on the same document at the same time, without worrying about data loss or file corruption.

Microsoft To Do

Task management made simple, Microsoft To Do is an intelligent to do list that helps your team manage their tasks in one place. They can work through their tasks for the day in “My Day” and create a number of additional lists to organise their work.

In each list they can have as many tasks as they’d like, keeping everything on track by setting due dates and reminders for each task. And, because all of the tasks are stored on Exchange Online, they’ll also automatically appear in Outlook tasks.

Microsoft Viva Insights

The wellbeing of your remote team is important. Viva Insights provides personalised insights and recommendations for them to build better work habits. They can prioritise wellbeing with actionable recommendations, such as reserving time for focused work, taking regular breaks, and practising mindfulness.

It works by summarising Microsoft 365 data, such as emails, meetings, calls, and chats allowing them to plan focus time, set their working hours, and even delay the delivery of emails to avoid out of work interruption.



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