Which is the most popular business app used online? Unsurprisingly, it’s Office 365, the subscription version of Microsoft’s productivity suite, according to some new research which details the most-used web apps.
These figures were revealed by Okta, a firm which produces software to manage employee logins to online services. The company found that among its customers, Office 365 was king of the enterprise cloud apps, followed by Salesforce.com, Box, Google Apps for Work, and in fifth place was Amazon Web Services.
Okta also made an interesting observation regarding Office 365 and Google Apps both being used within the same organisation. Indeed, data showed that over 40% of companies use both of these services due to preferences for one or the other in different departments.
As for the fastest growing business app, that was Slack, which witnessed a growth rate of 77% in the second half of 2015. We can expect Slack to put in a very good showing this year, by all accounts, as it’s continuing to pick up the pace with “no sign of slowing down just yet” Okta says.
Adobe’s Creative Cloud also had a good year in 2015, growing its user numbers by 44% according to the report.
One final nugget on business security for you: Okta found that 30% of organisations are now using multi-factor authentication, a number that still needs to increase in an ideal world.
Microsoft is currently testing a new Project Centennial version of its Microsoft Office 2016 suite for desktops, allowing the full suite of programs to be downloaded in a single click via the Windows Store, specifically optimized for Windows 10. Right now, it doesn’t appear the apps work, but it’s good to know the company is in the middle of making the transition over to Centennial, or at least considering it.
The download process is pretty straightforward, you simply click download and the Windows Store will download the entire Microsoft Office 2016 suite in about 10 minutes, install it and have it ready to launch in the Start Menu. Sadly, none of the apps appear to work, at least here on our test machine running build 10586. The apps do list themselves correctly however, which is very interesting indeed.
In fact, the apps technically launch, they just don’t do anything. The Project Centennial versions of Office 2016 weigh in at around 1GB in size, which isn’t too bad. The screenshot below showcases everything the Project Centennial test app downloads. Spoiler, it’s the full Office 2016 suite.
It’s exciting to see Microsoft planning to port more of its first party apps over to its 3 Windows 10 app bridges. Project Centennial makes it easy to port Win32-based apps over to the Windows Store, allowing for easy one click-installs for consumers and easy app updates from developers in the future, as well as other benefits such as live-tile support and Windows 10 integration.
You can try out the apps yourself via the Windows Store via this link, perhaps you’ll have better luck than us although we hear a number of other people haven’t even been able to initiate the download let alone install it. We’ll keep you posted regarding any new developments in this area, in the meantime, would you welcome a Project Centennial version of Office 2016 for desktops? Let us know below!