Ditch Microsoft Office With Microsoft’s Blessing…Well Almost

Microsoft Office is one of the most famous and widely used software products on the planet, for business. However, over the years a growing number of businesses have been turning to online software from Google Apps, Zoho and others, who have been gaining market share in the small business space as Microsoft lagged behind.

Microsoft’s relatively newly launched Office 365 continues to make gains and improvements. Office 365 is Microsoft’s online collaboration, communication and productivity tool for small businesses. Although you still need Microsoft Office for really advanced features and a richer user interface, Office 365 makes a great platform, by itself, for many day to day needs of a small business owner.

In fact yesterday Microsoft announced 30 new improvements to Office 365. Some of the improvements are “minor” and others are more “major” – read about them here.

For example one of the changes includes how administrators can rest their passwords:

Administrators now have the ability to reset their own password through text (SMS) message and an alternate email address. For the administrator password reset to work, you must have already provided a phone number on which you can receive a text (SMS) message and an alternate email address. The email address must not be your Office 365 email address, because if you can’t sign in to your Office 365 account, you can’t retrieve email sent to that address. Enter this information in the user management area. To get there, click Admin, and under Management, click Users. On the Settings tab, enter the email address in the Alternate email address box. On the Properties tab, enter the mobile phone number in the Mobile phone box.

If you have integrated Microsoft Office into your business and desire to do more online, remotely and/or with your smartphone, Office 365 is only going to get better and better and better and will allow you to more easily extend traditional Microsoft Office to the “cloud”.

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Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com . Editor and Founder, Smart Hustle Magazine Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook

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