Switching from Google Apps to Microsoft Office 365, you will find good and bad surprises. But overall, Microsoft's Web apps make the migration worthwhile.
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Pricing the two offerings out can get complicated but the bottom line is Office 365 is more expensive, once you get past the least-expensive packages.
Late last year, Google dropped the free option for Google Apps, grandfathering in existing free customers. There are several other packages, but for business the price is basically $5 per user per month or $50 per user for a year.
There are multiple prices for Office 365, for small, medium and large businesses. There is also a Home Premium edition that costs $100 a year and supports up to five PCs or Macs. I opted for a business package because I wanted features such as SharePoint. Although I don't intend to hold on to it long term, I migrated to an evaluation copy of Office 365 Small Business Premium, which costs $15 per user per month or $150 for a year.
What justifies three times the price? A lot of management features, and a subscription for all your users to the latest full edition of Office desktop. Eventually, I'll probably end up with the non-Premium Office 365 Small Business, which costs a more-reasonable $6 per user per month or $60 per user for a year.
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