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Google for Work vs. Microsoft Office 365: A comparison of cloud tools

Entreprenuers, small business owners and IT managers have many choices when it comes to cloud-based productivity tools for email, documents, calendar and file-sharing.

The first two options that come to mind for most, however, are Google Apps for Work and Office 365.

The former packs all the familiarities of the Google Apps suite, including Gmail, Hangouts, Drive and Calendar, while the latter comes with the longer legacy of tried-and-true Microsoft Office apps, such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

The two options have unique strengths and weaknesses, and each is best-suited for specific types of businesses and users.

Both services start at $5 per month. Microsoft requires a full-year commitment, which costs at least $60 per year, while Google's suite is available on a month-to-month basis.

Google also offers a yearly discounted plan for $50 a year, plus tax.

Every Office 365 user gets at least 1TB of cloud storage, while Google's entry-level plan provides considerably less space: 300MB of online storage per user.

However, Google provides unlimited storage for accounts with at least five users on its $10 per month or $120 per year (plus tax) plans.

Google also gets high marks for simplicity, because it offers two relatively straightforward plans.
 
Microsoft makes things a bit more confusing with six total packages — three for small and medium-size businesses and three for large enterprises — that range in price from $5 to $20 per month, with a yearly commitment.

Pricing is an important determining factor, but equally important for small businesses are the feature sets, security safeguards and user experiences of both platforms.

The ideal cloud-based platform is secure, stable and simple for employees to learn and use. Cost is just one of the many concerns IT managers must consider when investing in cloud-based productivity platforms.

+Eric Schlissel, CEO of IT consultancy GeekTek IT Services, says his company uses Google for Work, but more often than not he recommends Office 365 to clients because they are already heavily dependent and invested in Microsoft Outlook.

Many business owners are reluctant to change the way their offices work, according to Schlissel.

"We tend to recommend Google for Work to clients with a younger and more tech-savvy workforce," Schlissel says. "CIOs should look at how their employees use technology and work outwards from there."

Learn more
+http://www.networkworld.com/article/2902597/software/google-for-work-vs-microsoft-office-365-a-comparison-of-cloud-tools.html?nsdr=true

 
Read also Re/code: Google is working on a project coming in the fourth quarter to let you receive and pay bills directly inside Gmail +http://goo.gl/XO8ntw

#office365 #googleforwork #comparison  
 
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Google for Work vs. Microsoft Office 365: A comparison of cloud tools

Entreprenuers, small business owners and IT managers have many choices when it comes to cloud-based productivity tools for email, documents, calendar and file-sharing.

The first two options that come to mind for most, however, are Google Apps for Work and Office 365.

The former packs all the familiarities of the Google Apps suite, including Gmail, Hangouts, Drive and Calendar, while the latter comes with the longer legacy of tried-and-true Microsoft Office apps, such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

The two options have unique strengths and weaknesses, and each is best-suited for specific types of businesses and users.

Both services start at $5 per month. Microsoft requires a full-year commitment, which costs at least $60 per year, while Google's suite is available on a month-to-month basis.

Google also offers a yearly discounted plan for $50 a year, plus tax.

Every Office 365 user gets at least 1TB of cloud storage, while Google's entry-level plan provides considerably less space: 300MB of online storage per user.

However, Google provides unlimited storage for accounts with at least five users on its $10 per month or $120 per year (plus tax) plans.

Google also gets high marks for simplicity, because it offers two relatively straightforward plans.
 
Microsoft makes things a bit more confusing with six total packages — three for small and medium-size businesses and three for large enterprises — that range in price from $5 to $20 per month, with a yearly commitment.

Pricing is an important determining factor, but equally important for small businesses are the feature sets, security safeguards and user experiences of both platforms.

The ideal cloud-based platform is secure, stable and simple for employees to learn and use. Cost is just one of the many concerns IT managers must consider when investing in cloud-based productivity platforms.

+Eric Schlissel, CEO of IT consultancy GeekTek IT Services, says his company uses Google for Work, but more often than not he recommends Office 365 to clients because they are already heavily dependent and invested in Microsoft Outlook.

Many business owners are reluctant to change the way their offices work, according to Schlissel.

"We tend to recommend Google for Work to clients with a younger and more tech-savvy workforce," Schlissel says. "CIOs should look at how their employees use technology and work outwards from there."

Learn more
+http://www.networkworld.com/article/2902597/software/google-for-work-vs-microsoft-office-365-a-comparison-of-cloud-tools.html?nsdr=true

 
Read also Re/code: Google is working on a project coming in the fourth quarter to let you receive and pay bills directly inside Gmail +http://goo.gl/XO8ntw

#office365 #googleforwork #comparison  
 
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