5 Top Microsoft Tools for Your Small Business
5 Top Microsoft Tools for Your Small Business

The Microsoft Corporation may have had humble beginnings, but its empire has expanded exponentially, and it is now known among other things as one of the major small business empowerment companies in the world. Like many large corporations, it has set its sights on Africa and has been helping start-ups and small business owners make their way through a sometimes difficult environment.

As an advocate and supporter of small business, Microsoft has a set of amazing tools to aid you on your small business journey. But which tools are the best to use?

Here are the five top tools from Microsoft to help your small business efforts:

  1. Skype

    Skype is the leader in business and VOIP communication and allows you to communicate with your contacts, any time, for free. You can video or voice call anyone else with a Skype account and join group calls on mobiles, tablets, or computers. Rates for calling local mobile and landline numbers are affordable, and you can collaborate effortlessly with employees or business partners by sharing your screen. Other additions include call forwarding, your own Skype number, caller ID, and file sharing. Find out more here.

  2. Microsoft Outlook

    Outlook is more than simple email: it’s a personal manager, calendar, contact and task manager, journal, note-taker, and web-browser all in one. It includes add-ins such as PayPal, Uber, Evernote, Yelp, Wunderlust, and many others to make doing what you love and what you need to do that much simpler. You can make use of its superior organising abilities to manage your emails and combined with MyAnalytics, you can organise your life and your business with amazing accuracy. Take Outlook with you wherever you go with the app for Android, iOS, and Windows 10.

  3. Microsoft Publisher 2016

    Publisher is an innovative tool that allows you to create multipage publications such as newsletters and save them as PDF files for easy distribution on the Internet or through email. It has dozens of templates you can use to begin your publication quickly and easily and you have many personalisation options. You can share your new publication easily with immediate Cloud upload and save it in common picture formats for easy printing at any print shop. Publisher comes with an Office 365 subscription. Check it out here.

  4. Microsoft Power BI

    Power BI’s suite of business analytical tools will allow you to deliver insights from hundreds of data sources, analyse them, and visualise them - for free. All your data, whether at your premises or in the Cloud, is accessible on a single dashboard and you have the ability to produce interactive, detailed reports for members of your business to consume on mobile devices and the Internet. The insight you will gain about your business, its competitors, and consumers is likely to be a groundbreaking source for your company. Check it out here.

  5. Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Microsoft’s customer relationship manager (CRM) makes use of campaign management, business intel, and social insights to improve relationships with customers, marketing campaigns, and sales. This strong CRM solution aids you in improving, developing and retaining customers and spotting growth and revenue opportunities you may miss otherwise. You will never again misplace customer contact details, double-book salespeople on a single prospect, or forget important customer interactions. This centralised solution will help you and your employees keep track of customers at all times. Check it out here.