You might think Microsoft Office is just the set of tools we use every day – Word, Excel and PowerPoint – and yes, these are great applications we couldn’t live without. But the ‘big three’ are only the starting point - there’s a lot more in your Office 365 for business subscription that you might not even know you’re paying for – one of the latest (and greatest) Office apps is Kaizala.
Kaizala vs WhatsApp
So, what is it? Let's cut to the chase – Kaizala is heavily inspired by our old chat favourite WhatsApp. The name even means “what happened” in the Marathi language. But as we’ll see, it offers a lot more than its green cousin – Kaizala does things that other chat apps can only dream of.
At its simplest, Kaizala is a phone-number based messaging app, with a heap of standard features - group chat, voice and video calls, pics and gifs... Kaizala does them all without breaking a sweat.
But that's where the similarities end; this isn't just another fun messaging tool, it was designed from the ground up for business and once your team start using it they'll quickly discover that there's no comparison - put simply Microsoft Kaizala is WhatsApp on steroids!
The basic app is free, with more advanced features available if you have an Office 365 licence.
So what exactly can this powerful app do? In a nutshell it adds the concept of work collaboration on top of the chat system, letting you connect and coordinate work across your entire network. And we're not just talking about your organization here, but your vendors, partners and customers too
Integration with Office 365
Microsoft’s trump card is its ownership of all the regular Office applications you already use, as well as business standards like SharePoint and Power Bi. Because Kaizala is part of the Office 365 stable, it will integrate with these apps natively, making it stand head and shoulders above the competition. Microsoft would point out that no-one else can do this, and they’d be right.
Other features in the paid version
Get the app
So, if you're already an Office 365 user then you can download the app and connect with your Microsoft account, or if not, you can get the Pro version from US$1.50 per user per month.
Alternatively, use the free version of the app with the minimum features - simply download it from the Android and iOS Appstore
Kaizala is just one amazing app you probably didn't know you have, and it might be the sweet spot for business messaging right now - check out this blog to learn about other Office 365 applications you might not be using which could give your business the edge you need.