Microsoft has announced the release, to commercial customers, of Microsoft Forms. This is a handy tool for collecting information from people, much like Google Forms, Survey Monkey and other options that are available. Forms has been available to education customers for some time and there's been a preview program with 50,000 participants. The company says the product is ready and has now lost the 'Preview' tag.
As a result of the feedback received during the preview period Microsoft added SOC (Service Organization Control) compliance so data collected in a survey can be protected and audited.
As responses are collected, you can see live graphs of the results as well as monitor responses in real time. Forms can be customised with themes, logos, and images and has collaboration features so users working in teams can collaborate on a single form. Data collected in Forms is stored on servers in the US and Europe with other regions on the cards.
Forms can be used within applications such as Excel, SharePoint, Teams, Flow, and Sway as well as any web browser.
Microsoft Forms is available to Office 365 commercial customers using:
- Office 365 Business Essentials
- Office 365 Business Premium
- Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3, and E5 plans
- Existing Office 365 Enterprise E4 customers who purchased E4 before its retirement