Top 5 Microsoft 365 Productivity Features
You’re Probably Not Using


Most of us are familiar with Microsoft products like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but there’s a wealth of other features in Microsoft 365 that you may not know exist.

Find out the top 5 Microsoft 365 Productivity Features you’re not using and how you can maximize the potential of the program.

Microsoft 365 Power

The Microsoft 365 Power functions offer workflow capabilities with automated processes to keep you organized and present a more professional image to shareholders, employees, and clients.

The Power features include:

Power Automate

A built-in efficiency feature, Power Automate allows you to create automated workflows for your apps and services. You can set notifications, sync files, and collect data with complete control over the workflows.

For example, a healthcare provider may use Power Automate to automate test results into enterprise health record systems. Businesses can also automate help desk processes and support.

Power BI

Power BI, or business intelligence, is a helpful tool for data insights and reporting. You can create stunning visualizations to present data findings to stakeholders or promote them across your organization’s channels. It also comes with security features to ensure that your information is secure, even if you’re sharing to external parties.

To give you an idea of how Power BI could be used, imagine a company using the Sales Scorecard to get a complete overview of sales performance from the top down. There’s also a sales analysis dashboard that reveals where the best prospects are in the pipeline. 

Power Apps

Power Apps enables you to create customizable apps for your business. It provides all the tools you need to create an app for your business and your clients, right at signup, and integrates with Excel and cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Case in point, the learning Management system in Power Apps can help businesses enhance employee learning and development with quick and customizable apps. It has 4 modules – content management, comprehensive evaluation, real time progress monitoring and applying for technology certifications.

2. Microsoft 365 Lists

The Microsoft 365 Lists feature is an easy one to overlook, but it’s an important tool to track, inform, and visualize your work in one centralized place. You can create an onboarding checklist for new employees to get off on the right foot, or plan event itineraries that you’re hosting.

But that’s not all. The app supports converting lists from Excel files with rules to automate the processes based on your data input. If anything is changed, you’ll receive a notification. Though this feature may seem simple, it’s a game-changer for your day-to-day organization.

3. Microsoft 365 Stream

You can get live streaming from any number of social media platforms, but few compare to the capabilities of Microsoft 365 Stream. You can create live events, sync with different channels and groups, and manage who watches your content.

4. Microsoft 365 Sway

Microsoft 365 Sway is an innovative way to elevate your presentations, newsletters, and proposals to make them more interesting and engaging, all without a presenter. No matter the type of document, you can use Sway to design multimedia-rich files with visuals and transitions that capture your audience’s attention. Sway offers both ready-made templates and customization options bolstered by AI to put your own spin on the design, as well as built-in features for sharing and online publishing.

5. Microsoft 365 Bookings

One of the most useful features, Microsoft 365 Bookings allows your clients to schedule appointments with your employees quickly and easily. Instead of endless email threads, clients can go directly to the calendar and block out time for a meeting. There are other calendar apps that allow customers to book time directly on your calendar, but they also have a monthly subscription fee. Why pay for it when you already have it with Microsoft 365.

Bookings also includes a customizable web page for clients to schedule your services or for coworkers to block meetings with each other. For example, you and your accountants can schedule meetings to discuss budgeting and billing.

Like other Microsoft 365 products, Bookings is available with a mobile app for quick and easy access. Plus, it syncs with your contacts list and sends automated notifications and reminders to minimize no-shows.

How to Use Microsoft 365 Bookings

Though it may not be as flashy as some of the other features, Bookings is an asset to your organization. Scheduling and managing appointments saves you time and provides the best possible experience for your clients and colleagues.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up and using your Microsoft 365 Bookings, as well as some helpful tips to get the most out of the feature.

Initial Configuration

  1. Start at the Microsoft 365 admin center at and login as Admin.
  2. Navigate to Settings > Org Settings > Bookings.
  3. Click “Allow your organization to use Bookings.”

Customizing Bookings

Bookings has numerous options to tailor it to your day-to-day business needs. For example, you can:

  • Create a Bookings site for your IT staff or for HR to schedule appointments with employees
  • Set organization meetings to virtual with Microsoft Teams
  • Create Bookings calendars, schedule new appointments, and manage existing appointments from Teams

Bookings has three components:

  • Booking page: This is where users can schedule appointments and share information via a link
  • Web app: This is where calendar owners and admins can define schedules, appointment types, business hours, and availability
  • Mobile app: This is a business-facing app that allows owners and admins to view appointments and access customer information

Calendar Setup

  1. Click this link for the initial calendar setup.
  2. The first time you use Bookings, you must create a calendar and set up your business. 
  3. Select Get Started, then enter your business name and business type.
  4. Select Create Calendar
  5. Enter your business name and business type, then select Continue.

You’re now ready to set up Bookings!

Booking Page Creation

Bookings is intuitive for setting up your Booking Page.

  1. Click on the Booking Page link to the left.
  2. Set your preferences, including your personal data collection, usage consent, email notifications, theme, and company logo.
  1. When you’re finished, click Save and Publish.

Book an Appointment

If you want to create a manual booking, here are the steps:

  1. Select Calendar > New booking
  1. Select the service that you’re providing.
  2. Enter the customer information, including the name, email, and phone number.
  3. Select the staff member who will be providing the service.
  1. Enter the details, including the date, time, location, and other information.
  2. Select Add an email reminder and select the time and recipient.
  3. Select Create Booking.

That’s it!

Get the Most Out of Microsoft 365

Most businesses could use extra time and improved efficiency, and these Microsoft 365 productivity features deliver! Explore the apps, tools, and features that come with your subscription and see how they can help you streamline your business.