At Inspire, Microsoft today unveiled three new applications and services that are coming to Office 365 Business Premium users. These new services are targeted towards small-to-medium sized customers and they are part of Microsoft 365 Business offering as well.
- Microsoft Connections—A simple-to-use email marketing service.
- Microsoft Listings—An easy way to publish your business information on top sites.
- Microsoft Invoicing—A new way to create professional invoices and get paid fast.
Microsoft Connections allows you to create professional-looking email marketing campaigns with pre-designed templates for newsletters, announcements or customer referrals. Microsoft also provides simple ways for people to join your mailing list or unsubscribe. Performance charts and subscriber activity updates track open rate, clicks, new sign-ups, new customers, offer redemptions and unsubscribed numbers for each email campaign, so you can see what is and is not working.
Microsoft Listings will help your business listed online as it makes it easy to publish and manage your business listing on Facebook, Google, Bing and Yelp. When you update your business profile in Microsoft Listings, the changes automatically populate across Facebook, Google and Bing. You can also monitor online views and reviews of your listings across sites from a single dashboard.
Microsoft Invoicing will help you quickly create professional-looking estimates and invoices. Microsoft Invoicing works with PayPal, so you can accept credit and debit cards online. It also allows you to sync with Quickbooks for customer and catalogue data, and transfer invoicing information to your accountant.
Microsoft’s mileage tracking app MileIQ is now included with Office 365 Business Premium. MileIQ offers a simple, smarter way to track your miles—with automatic drive detection and mileage logging, easy one-swipe classification as business or personal, and comprehensive reporting.
The new services will be generally available before the end of the year. Connections, Listings and Invoicing are rolling out in preview over the next few weeks to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. And the MileIQ service is currently available to subscribers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.