Office 365 VS G Suite – A Complete Difference

Anurag | October 17th, 2017 | General, User Management

Picking up Office 365 or G-suite becomes very difficult for users as they stumble ups on different angles including price, features, and functionality. Office 365 and G Suite are the two biggest names fighting for supremacy in the field of cloud computing. Microsoft is having a long-standing reputation in the market that provides cloud storage to businesses, with productive solutions, while Google is the newcomer in enterprise productivity app scene.
The answer to Office 365 V/S G Suite, lies within the client’s usage and specific facts that both cross each other. Today, we will outline both of the product suites, so that user can look at what they get with both, helping them to decide which is a better utility. Moreover, we will also provide some tips that will help you to migrate G Suite to Office 365 seamlessly.

Depth Comparison – Office 365 VS G Suite

Both of the platforms give business the collaboration as well as the productivity tools that the user needs to perform common business tasks online or on the cloud. The benefits of working on cloud is knowing that IT solutions are always at the cutting edge of innovation. So making any change to broadcast to all would be quite easier.
Both help to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. and helps to collaborate with the team members. The data is stored in a central online hub where admin and its team can access them. Throw in conferencing functionality, email, cloud storage and other features are most commonly similar. Now we will take you to the major difference of both the platform.

  • History of Updates
    Since the initial release of Office 365 as BPOS known as Business Productivity Online Standard Suite has continued to add updates and additions to the platform. In the beginning, it was only a combination of Office and Outlook, but it has grown to incorporate much more powerful functionality with tools like SharePoint, Project Online, better storage with OneDrive, business intelligence capabilities with Power BI and Social media with Yammer support.
    Meanwhile, if we talk about Google, who previously controlled over the enterprise cloud market has not offered any continuous updates to its platform in respective of functionality and features.
  • Business Communication (Outlook vs Gmail)
    Today, Gmail may be a consumer email giant, but the long-term presence in the business world is put up by Outlook. Microsoft email client Outlook is more familiar for a corporate worker and also comes with business functionalities.
Outlook Features Gmail Features
1. Greater capability offline 1. More Powerful search capability
2. Storage capacity is Larger (1TB file storage + 50GB inbox  storage) unlimited capacity in Enterprise plans. 2. Smaller storage Limit (30GB in Basic plan & unlimited for Business or Enterprise plans)
3. Superior enterprise management 3. Less Functionality Compared to Outlook

 

  • Skype vs Google Hangout
    Both the Skype and Google Hangout have shown the rapid growth in terms of features and quality. Both are used for video conferencing. The focus of G Suite is to shift Hangouts to enterprise section is the growth remains rising.
    Microsoft’s Skype for Business has also shown a rapid growth since it evolved from Microsoft Lync. Widely recognized UI of Skype, that people prefer over G-Hangout. It supports PSTN conferencing and calling with Skype meeting broadcast, making it more lovable.
  • File Storage and Sharing
    Larger businesses are likely to shake hand with Office 365 (OneDrive) for business. The user get 1TB of storage if they have existing Office 365 subscription which allows them to store multiple data files whereas Google provides 30 GB of storage to their basic users. Each platform offers the customers different levels of storage with different level of data security. Microsoft Office 365 also provides the ability to host online on-premises or Hybrid with a smooth experience. Auto signature of Office 365 also provides more security to the data on cloud which makes it more secure.
  • Office Suite v/s G Suite
    Both Office 365 and G suite have their own way of providing the documents to create and edit. Microsoft, on the other hand, has become more hands-on to the multiple users. Doc files, spreadsheets and ppts etc. are available in offline and online modes to create or edit without having an export option. Moreover, Google Apps formatting will always lead to loss of data when exporting to Office formats.
  • Pricing
    If the user purely looks from a cost point of view, Google provides straightforward and inexpensive plans with monthly payment scheme. But on the other hand, Microsoft Office 365 plan offers more flexibility in terms of features included in the plan and offer much more value for the money spent.

What your Trend Towards Both Technologies

When it comes to global or local businesses, wanting an online suite, which is easier to use and provide multiple functionalities – Google is the ideal option. One stop & shop approach is prominently one of the reasons to attract to the business client. Yet Office 365 Graphical user interface is one to which most will be familiar with, drawing on Microsoft’s extensive experience with all the productivity tools that it provides. As a technical expert, I would say, that the use of both platforms completely depends upon clients usage. The aim of this article is to help you decide, a best in the battle of both – Office 365 v/s G Suite.