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How Microsoft Applications Can Be Used to Improve Productivity in Your Business – Part 3

Productivity is one of the biggest challenges facing organisations today. To remain competitive, businesses need to be doing more. They need to be reducing the amount of heavy admin they’re dealing with. They need to be freeing up time for innovation. And they need to be doing these things while bridging the gap between on-site and remote workers. Fortunately, tech can help. 

In Parts 1 and 2 of our guide, we’ve explored 10 apps in the Microsoft 365 productivity suite that can help businesses navigate the challenge with ease. Here in Part 3, we’re looking at 5 more Microsoft tools that can help organisations work more efficiently to drive optimal outcomes. 

Microsoft Power Apps

Microsoft 365’s productivity suite contains a range of tools to cover almost every business requirement. But sometimes, organisations need something more. Microsoft Power Apps is designed to support businesses in building their own custom tools to bridge any gaps. Power Apps offers a simple, ‘low code’ build environment where tools can be designed quickly and easily. Whatever productivity bottlenecks are occurring, tailored solutions can be developed through Power Apps. 

Power BI

Every business collects data, even if they don’t realise it. The key to maximising workplace productivity is to use this data to generate insights, and turn these insights into actions. Power BI is Microsoft’s business intelligence app that helps businesses do exactly that. The analytics tool uses artificial intelligence to identify patterns and trends in business data. It uses this to make predictions about the future, to help employees ensure they’re always working optimally. 


MyAnalytics is a handy tool that’s been rolled into the Microsoft Viva app. Designed to balance productivity and wellbeing, the tool provides insights into how employees are using their time, and makes tailored recommendations for working more efficiently. It helps employees to better understand their own work behaviours, and identify where there’s room for improvement. Ultimately, it supports employees as they build working patterns that help them achieve their best. 

To Do

To Do transforms the classic ‘to do’ list into a digital daily planner that can help employees manage their time better, and work more productively. Tasks can be added to the app instantly, organised and rearranged as required, and accessed from anywhere, at any time, from any connected device. To Do can be used in a number of different ways. It can be used to plan how time is spent, or to receive reminders about upcoming deadlines. It can even break larger tasks down into smaller activities. 


For project-based organisations, Microsoft Project is the go-to project management app. From planning and scheduling to execution and forensic analysis, Project takes users right through from start to finish, no matter how big or small the job. Project doesn’t just help teams to work more productively by making complex project management simpler. It also facilitates future efficiency by helping teams better uncover process vulnerabilities, and identify room for improvement. 

Looking for more?

Want even more suggestions for Microsoft 365 apps that can help your employees operate efficiently, effectively, and with confidence? Join us in Part 4 of our productivity guide, which features 5 more powerful solutions, recommended by your trusted IT experts here at Perigon One.