Battle between Office365 Vs Google apps has become very popular topic , you may find many comparison between them, cloud productivity applications are not yet mature, they are new , office on cloud is still growing but trend towards moving towards cloud is very high, office productivity is one of the key concern when it come to CIO job specification, Office application is critical selecting the ideal office suit will bring increase user productivity and easy management for IT department and when you select the wrong office application suit company will suffer from many disadvantages and it will directly effect on user outputs. there is no KPI to measure office apps productivity but few research has been conducted in past to prove that Microsoft Office is leading, competition ageist MS office was very low until open office and Google apps hit the market few years ago , I still remember back in days to open word document we may have to find a computer with office. It was painful experience with lotus 123, word perfect and I been a huge fan of office suit and been using it for years,
If we analyze typical work environment everyone prefer to use MS office and it has been tradition to setup MS office application as soon as windows setup is finished , we never had any concern here because we used to setup â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦. software. It will not be same in future that BSA ( Business Software Appliance ) is hunting down pirated software users and they are very aggressive in Sri Lanka.
With cloud concept Google did a great job by introducing Google Apps, Google is always great innovating such an awesome product where they mange to change your mind set that you can live without MS office , in fact you simply edit , print of collaborate any computer anywhere in the world with internet. Google is not an open source product like open office they also have business objectives behind the Google apps, when the time people ready to believe that cloud is ready and practical Microsoft was off the cuff that they were kind of shocked with the growth of cloud and Google Apps. Microsoft been the largest IT company with their resources they mange to introduce solid product call â€œOffice365 â€œ on cloud . I am not going to compare both products when there many comparison released on internet already , but it has been known fact that both product are doing great job and its almost like Subaru Impreza WRX and Mitsubishi Evolution comparison
If we consider both offerings pricing remains almost the same and both Google and Microsoft partners offer same pricing structure, when it come to usability and adaptability and compatibility Microsoft is leading the game with its own root advantages in IT industry. In technical teams and technical features both offer almost same features and security , offline features are almost never ending battle. both MS and Google point their partners when it come to support and both try to gain commercial benefits out of support. Google still do not have their local office to support but they have country representative redirect you to support, Microsoft ( I prefer myself to keep this space blank).
when we consider scale and scope of the business we can see be little bit specific that Google is the ideal startup for small business. Hypostatically most of the startups contain less than 10 computer users, even SMB market we experience number of computer users are very less in first few years, also the capital of investment is very restricted and typical business owners take Information technology as a cost not as an investment , so they try their best to restrict the budget allocation for IT department. in such scenario Google offer startups to go online in few minutes with easy and faster deployment process. if you are using shared hosting you will find many CPanelâ€™s offer Google Apps migration icon to simply single click wizard to to setup your business in minutes. with 10 user free plan Google offer enter set of apps and all admin features to free users without restricting anything. Office 365 also offer 30 days trail period and after 30 days you will have to enter your credit card details and you will be paid according to your selected plan . I have migrated more than 20 clients to Google apps already and been testing office 365 trail ad paid package , until now my all my Google apps users have no complains on apps or email communications. few moved to paid plans and some still using Google Apps free and they are very grateful that I introduce them the such financial benefit and package that they can do all their work without any drawbacks.