Small Business in the Cloud: Google Apps or Microsoft Office 365

Google Apps vs Office 365

 

The productivity suite covers all of your basic needs such as email, calendar, documents and shared file storage and is the first step for any business looking to move to the cloud.

There are two major players in this space: Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365

If you have never used one of these two tools before you are in for a pleasant surprise.

How it Works

You will get a simple control panel to manage everyone in your business, allowing you create and delete users.

Each user will get their own email address @yourcompany.com, their own calendar, a folder on the cloud storage drive and access to an office suite to manage word documents, spreadsheets, powerpoint presentations etc..

Everything will be synced to the cloud securely, accessible by any browser or mobile device.

There is zero IT maintenance required, everything is hosted and run by the provider all you need to do is create an account and login.

There are numerous mobile apps, both made directly by the provider or by 3rd party developers allowing you to access email, calendar, documents and more.

If you have ever messed around trying to set this kind of environment up yourself, you will know the headaches that come with it. IT administration and support staff, server rooms, 20 different licences and a ton of headaches.

Do yourself a favor and move your office productivity suite to the cloud.

Google Apps or Office 360

Now you’ve decided to move to the cloud, what provider are you going to go with? The answer to that really comes down to your business and personal preference.

Both platforms provide very similar feature, but to simply state the difference:

Google Apps: Slightly cheaper, less complex, less advanced features.
http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/business/

Microsoft Office 360: More expensive, more features, option for desktop apps.
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/business/

Google Apps vs Office 365

There is pretty much no getting around one of these two suites in today’s business environment.

If you want to read a detailed comparison of the two, below are a few resources:
Review: Microsoft Office vs Google Apps
10 Comparisons Between Google Apps and Office 365
Google Apps vs Office 365: Head to Head Comparison

Do you use Google Apps or Office 365?

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4 Comments

  • Cloud computing is popular by all the business more and more. When we are comparing two of them I think that Microsoft365 is more better than Google Apps. Nice information Vinay. :)

  • Vinay Patankar says:

    Thanks Bhavesh. Yea I like gmail & google calendar more than the office alternatives, but I still use the office desktop apps so I kinda operate in hybrid.

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  • Aaron says:

    This article needs to be updated. I’ve been using Google Apps for Work (one most recent update as of this comment “for Work” not “for Business” anymore) for the past couple years and have been pleased with it since the start. Google has done a good job of addressing the missing comparative features pointed out in the png image table included with this article since it was posted.

    And therein lies my favorite difference between any Microsoft product and Google; Google is continuously improving their products whereas Microsoft releases updates occasionally and may or may not actually test it by humans other than software developers who inherently know how it works to begin with <– I know this is my opinion, but look at Windows 8…

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