Office 365 vs G Suite: A Comparison of Cloud Tools
posted by Phi-lac Nguyen
on Mar 20, 2018
A lot of companies, especially startups are having trouble deciding between Office 365 vs G Suite, which solution they should go. Both provide similar services and collaboration tools such as email, text editor, storage and so on. So what makes them different and how should an enterprise decide on which tool to use? Here’s a detailed comparison of Office 365 and Google App!
1) Price and licenses
Google licenses are way simpler with only three plans:
- Basic for $5 per user per month
- Business for $10 per user per month
- Enterprise for $25 per user per month
Office 365 is more complicated and provides a lot of different plans mainly for the following categories:
- Small Business (less than 300 users)
- Enterprise (over 300 users)
- First line workers
Each category has a specific plan for small business:
- Office 365 Business: $8.25 user/month (annual commitment)
- Office 365 Premium: $12.50 user/month (annual commitment)
- Office 365 Business Essentials: $5.00 user/month (annual commitment)
Here are a few tips to choose your Office 365 plan:
They both provide a bunch of application-oriented collaboration, which means, you can easily share your work. Additionally, Office 365 vs G Suite use the advantage of the cloud, so they offer some similar features like the co-editing feature on a document.
Here a table of comparison of applications:
|Google App||Office 365||Description|
|Google +||Yammer||Share information across teams|
|Hangout||Skype for business / Teams||Chat / Call / video meetings|
|Keep / Jamboard||OneNote||Capture note|
|Google Drive||OneDrive for Business||Store file|
|Power BI||Business analytics|
|Planner||Task management system|
|PowerApps||Build mobile and web apps|
|Flow||Build automated workflow|
|Sway||Interactive report / presentation|
|Delve||Insight on your mate’s activity|
If we compare the Office 365 Business Essentials to the G Suite, Microsoft is more generous with 50GB per mailbox with 1TB of storage while with Google caps, it is at 30GB. However, the G Suite Business does not have a limit for its mailbox while the best you can get with O365 is 100 GB.
In term of email apps, they are both providing an online version and a desktop version. Except, the outlook desktop version is not available with every license.
4) Desktop applications
This is the main reason, why users prefer to go with Office 365 when it comes to Office 365 vs G Suite. With Office 365, you can get the desktop version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc…
For example, you can open a document stored on SharePoint/OneDrive with your Word installed on your laptop. It helps you avoid losing data in case your laptop is lost.
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