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Google Apps Vs. Office 365: Which Suite Reigns Supreme?

The two leading cloud productivity suites -- Google Apps and Microsoft's Office 365 -- each have a lot to offer. But which one is right for your organization? Here's a look at how they stack up.
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Freedom Of Choice 
Office 365 has five additional tiers beyond its basic Office 365 Business Essentials, going up to $35 per user per month for all the bells and whistles. Microsoft requires an annual commitment, while Google allows month-to-month usage.
(Image: Microsoft)

Freedom Of Choice

Office 365 has five additional tiers beyond its basic Office 365 Business Essentials, going up to $35 per user per month for all the bells and whistles. Microsoft requires an annual commitment, while Google allows month-to-month usage.

(Image: Microsoft)

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1/9/2017 | 3:29:10 AM
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SteveW129
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7/26/2016 | 2:08:24 PM
Google Apps for sure
After using both tools,   I would use this analogy,   Google gives you a basic toolkit (hammer,  pliers,  screwdriver, wrench)   Enough to get the job done,  intuitive,  fast,  works well on multiple devices.    A broad range of tools that work quite well.     Microsoft gives you the 349 piece toolkit,   Way more than most people need and you will need an instruction manual to figure out how to use all of the tools.   They work pretty well on the Computer,  but not so on other devices and the integration between client and web versions is poor.   Considering the additional cost of O365,  the additional support that is required,  and the additional confusion, Google is the clear winner.

  
jla56@sbcglobal.net
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6/6/2016 | 4:51:10 PM
Didn't see THAT coming
Would've expected Non-Profits to be using Google Apps.  Guess - as someone mentioned - that the C-suite tells the staff what to use.  Sad commentary that many non-profits have C-suite occupants that make as much as for-profit enterprises and manage the same sort of megalomania.

Also have fond memories of Borland, 1-2-3, WordPerfect. Even bought a spreadsheet compiler once because my company was too cheap to buy a real database.  "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!" 
tjgkg
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6/2/2016 | 8:07:53 AM
Re: Quattro Pro
Apparently it is part of Corel's WordPerfect Office Suite. I remember WP moving on because Novel purchased them but i lost track of QP and remember it from Borland.

Those were the days.
moarsauce123
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6/2/2016 | 7:17:30 AM
Old stuff
All this is old stuff. Ever seen Engelbart's "Mother of all Demos"? There he demonstrated collaborative editing ....that was in 1968. So what did the Googles and Microsofts of our time do since then? Make it look pretty, OK, what else?
moarsauce123
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6/2/2016 | 7:11:46 AM
Re: LibreOffice 5.1
There is also LibreOffice Online if it has to be an online version.
dried_squid
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6/1/2016 | 5:29:33 PM
Re: Quattro Pro
     I believe Quattro Pro is still alive and well.

     I hope it's still just as good. Borland did good stuff - Quattro Pro and Paradox. And the right-click.
tjgkg
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6/1/2016 | 4:44:43 PM
Re: Quattro Pro
Wow Quattro Pro! I remember using that. It was the best spreadsheet at the time. Now it is a trivia subject! I liked WordPerfect too much better than Word. I miss a lot of the old software you mention. Times have really changed.
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6/1/2016 | 3:27:57 PM
technical vs political
I understand its not the topic of this article, but, a large factor in the decision is due to C-suite preferences.  Myself, have seen most offices become proficient faster and enjoy lower support costs from Google apps.  While Office suite has much more functionality and customizable, most users in an enterprise do not need that depth.
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5/30/2016 | 4:47:35 PM
Re: Thanks to competition we have a number of good alternatives.
It's a shame that there can't be more entrants into this space. Everything that's out there in my view has a flaw. Some have fewer flaws than others --- I think Office and Box fit int this group --- while others annoy the heck out of me --- DropBox fits here for sure.
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