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If you are one of the eagle-eyed you may have noticed the recent change to Microsoft 365 made by the tech giant.

It’s a subtle bit of rebranding yet has implications for those who use its applications, including VA’s.Microsoft 365 - Did you notice the subtle change?

Microsoft has replaced the word ‘Office 365’ in product titles with ‘Microsoft 365’.

The company says it reflects its drive for innovation. But it also acts as a statement to tell the world that things have moved on.

This is a time when companies, entrepreneurs and small business owners demand more than a bunch of single applications to do their work, develop and grow. They want connectivity, they want productivity, they want flexibility. They want to be able to collaborate, communicate and collate information with speed and ease.

It’s one of the reasons Microsoft Teams has become such a popular part of the Microsoft family and why I created an online course
to master it. It is a purpose-built communication and collaboration tool.

As more and more companies, teams, groups, organisations and entrepreneurs turn to Teams, the greater will be the demand for VA’s who are up to speed with it all.

You can up your game and take a slice of the action. Or you can sit still and watch as the world rushes past you.

Of course, Office applications like Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint are still valuable on their own merit. What VA can manage without them?

But the nuanced Microsoft 365 rebranding is telling you how they see the future. Integrated technology with a move towards an ‘all in one’ suite of features and functions for the modern professional.

  • Collaboration. Collaboration. Collaboration.
  • Integration. Integration. Integration.
  • Communication. Communication. Communication.

You’re going to be hearing a lot more of these three words in the year ahead.

Here are the new Microsoft 365 product names you’ll be hearing about from now on:

  • Office 365 Business Essentials has become Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Office 365 Business Premium is now called Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business has become Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Microsoft regularly tests and adds new features and functionality to its subscription products, often based on what users say they want to see.

Microsoft 365 - Did you notice the subtle change?This means you have more power at your fingertips, year on year on year. But it also means there are new things to learn.

The smart VA knows the importance of keeping pace with technology and understanding how it can serve their business better. The less you have to worry yourself about the “How do I do this?”, the more you can focus on the question of “How can I serve my clients in a better way?”

The writing has been on the wall for some time now. Microsoft 365, with that subtle change of wording, confirms that those who know how to collaborate and communicate effectively will be ahead of the pack.

Where do you want to be positioned in all this?

It may help you to know How to Use Microsoft Teams sooner rather than later.

If you’re thinking a better understanding of Word, Excel, Outlook or PowerPoint is what you need, you could pick an online course from my dedicated range.

To your VA success.

Shelley Fishel