Microsoft Office 365 has become a powerhouse when it comes to having all business tools in one place - always organized and synchronized. For obvious cybersecurity reasons as well as to streamline the organization, companies are often looking to have a few standalone software installed on employees’ computers as possible. This has led to many app and software companies developing integrations to one core system, in this case, Office 365. In this article, we will look at some of the more popular solutions that support integration with Office 365.
#1 – Decisions for Teams
You have probably attended a Teams-meeting at some point where the conversation has veered off-topic. Even if you have an MoM (minutes of the meeting) template that you try to follow where you detail agenda topics, action items, and deliverables, keeping to such a strict agenda can be challenging. One potential solution for this is Decisions, where you can manage everything from creating the meeting agenda, preparing for a meeting to managing the tasks and decisions made in the meeting. With Decisions, teams and employees can get better control over meetings and help people stay on track. Read more about Decisions here.
#2 – Kahoot! for Teams
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share and play educational games or trivia quizzes in minutes. Unleash the fun in classrooms, offices, and living rooms! It is a tool that can be used in many settings, such as training, sales, and team building. Kahoot! has a integration with teams, which you can download here.
With employees all over the world working from home, Kahoot launched a powerful integration with Microsoft Teams. This allows employees, customers, or students to get in regardless of where they might be. Read more about Kahoot here.
#3 – DocuSign for Outlook
We all know that getting that last signature for a contract or purchase order can require many emails. Since many people suffer from inbox clutter, getting the recipient to download, print, sign, and send the contact back to you can be more challenging than it should be. DocuSign has several integrations with Office 365, which makes the process of getting “pen to paper” much easier!
With DocuSign for Outlook, organizations of all sizes can potentially increase productivity, reduce costs and improve customer experience by enabling individuals and organizations to legally and securely sign and return documents directly from their Outlook inbox. Download DocuSign for Office 365 here.
#4 – Pickit for PowerPoint and Word
For companies that are smaller in terms of revenue and human resources, having good presentation templates is a common struggle. The Pickit app for PowerPoint and Word is a great tool for those who are dependent on holding presentations to customers and partners alike.
With Pickit, you can create stunning docs and slide decks with access to unlimited photos, clipart, and your company’s images in PowerPoint and Word within a matter of minutes. The images are free to use without limitations which makes Pickit easy to use without having to worry about paying a fine or royalties. With Pickit, you will be able to present your visuals professionally and always stay on brand. You can download the Pickit app here.
#5 – Salesforce for Outlook
Connecting your CRM with your email solution is a tricky thing to do and can often be ignored due to the force of habit. Some people want their Outlook accounts to have few to no integrations or apps, while others want to integrate Outlook with all the apps that the organization allows.
Many CRMs enable you to send emails directly from the CRM-system, while also allowing you to integrate the CRM with tools such as Outlook. One of the most downloaded apps from Microsoft AppSource is Salesforce for outlook. The Salesforce integration lets you utilize Salesforce directly in Outlook. The integration is 100% cloud-based with no software to install or maintain. If your organization uses Salesforce, you might want to give this integration a spin. Read more here.
#6 – Freehand for Microsoft Teams
Sharing ideas and sketches of concepts with stakeholders and teams is usually an easy task to do. You simply share an auto-generated link from your design tool and people can see it, comment, and share feedback with you.
With apps such as Freehand, which is an infinite whiteboard where your team can draw, create wireframes, plan, present, and give feedback directly in Microsoft Teams, collaborating on designs has never been easier. You can brainstorm on various projects directly in Microsoft Teams, and changes to mock-ups can be shown instantly. Freehand can also be used by guests in Teams such as clients, to allow them to share feedback and ideas. Best of all, the app is currently free and you can download it here.
#7 – Facebook Ads Manager for Excel
As a person that works with performance marketing, I can personally recommend this tool. Even if you use other tools such as Power BI or Databox to visualize data from your ad campaigns, this integration will show data directly in Excel from one or all of your ad accounts.
Excel is often used to analyze ad performance data but exporting multiple Facebook accounts to an Excel worksheet takes time and effort. With Facebook Ads Manager for Excel, you can quickly run a single report to download data from multiple ad accounts, helping you save time and reduce the risk of human error. To get started with Facebook Ads Manager for Excel, simply install this add-on.
#8 – Grammarly for Word
Incorrect spelling and grammatical errors do happen – often, and should we be spending more time proofreading documents that we send, publish or print than necessary? While spelling mistakes can cost your business a potential sale or customer, it can also hurt you and your company’s credibility. It is thus understandable why so much time is spent on proofreading.
However, there is a solution out there that can help mitigate the risk of spelling errors. Grammarly is an add-on that you can use with Word to help you correct your grammar and provide insight on how you can improve your content.
Grammarly is designed to fit effortlessly into the writing process for anyone using Microsoft Word on macOS or Windows. Suggestions will appear in the right margin of your document, and you can apply them to your text with a click of your mouse.
Best of all, Grammarly’s comprehensive writing feedback reaches way beyond grammar and spelling, so your document will be polished, clear, and engaging. Read more about Grammarly here.
#9 – DatabeatOMNI for Office 365
Sharing information, whether it be to employees, guests or customers has become increasingly important. Digital signage can be used for everything from increasing sales to employee satisfaction. DatabeatOMNI is a digital signage solution that integrates seamlessly with Office 365.
From your Office 365 admin account, you can create and manage users in DatabeatOMNI, assign roles to each specific user, and much more. With Databeat’s solution Databeat Doorsign, you can even integrate your Office 365 calendars and allow people in your organization to book meeting rooms directly from their calendars. The sign will turn red when the meeting room is booked and green when it’s unoccupied. Read more about DatabeatOMNI here.
#10 – Evernote for Outlook
For most people, taking notes is a daily chore, for some more than others. The notes can be anything from noting down tasks that need to be done, a quote, or input that you need to remember. Rather than using OneNote, a lot of people have opted to use Evernote, a solution specifically created for notetaking – and it does make sense.
In a more traditional notetaking solution, important information can easily get lost in note clutter. With Evernote, your notes get structured and organized – and you can even integrate it with Outlook. Save emails from Outlook to Evernote and organize them with the rest of the project, or quickly add notes from Evernote to any Outlook email to share them with others. This will help you to stay in control of both your emails and your notes. Download the Evernote add-on for Outlook here.
There are several apps that you can integrate and use with Office 365 to make your life easier, both at home and at work. In Microsoft AppSource, you can find plenty of apps ranging from AI and machine learning to human resource management tools. Integrating the tools that you use with Office 365 can potentially lead to huge time savings and streamline operations. We strongly recommend that you visit Microsoft AppSource to discover what you can integrate with Office 365 to increase efficiency in your organization.