Office 365 vs Google Apps or G Suite
The Office 365 suite has been the de facto industry standard for productivity till Google stepped in

Google’s G Suite (originally Google Apps) offers a slew of productivity apps that are accessible from any web browser. Gone are the days where you used Microsoft Word for any essays you had to write. The G Suite offers Microsoft Office 365 some considerable competition.

Google and Microsoft are at each others’ throats and have been for as long we can remember. In fact, Google Apps was already perfect for casual editing on the cloud over Microsoft Office 365. But the new and enhanced G Suite is poised to take over the helm as the go to productivity suite for businesses as well as students with hard deadlines.

Though both suites offer more or less the same tools and facilities; the pricing varies wildly. Choosing a plan for G Suite is straightforward and simple. And choosing a plan in Office 365 is an unnecessarily overwhelming task. With discounts for annual commitments and different pricing students, there are a slew of options in picking a price for 365. But G Suite’s pricing is representative of its nature.

G Suite also employs Google’s obsessive nature to adding AI to everything. In fact, the product page for G Suite claims that it uses Machine Learning to automatically schedule meetings and tasks. Google Apps is still therefore, the best option for students who don’t know what a schedule is.

Though we can’t say the same for Office 365. Microsoft has built a reputation for itself that sticks; you use Office to keep things professional. And students are anything but. In fact, I feel more drawn to Google Apps even though our University offers a free subscription for Office 365.

It’s the aesthetic. It’s also the fact that Google Apps don’t feel like they were made by corporate overlords with a fixation for professionalism. The G Suite isn’t the same. If professionalism is what you want; no more need be said. The G Suite looks promising as a contender for the go to service for productivity tools on the cloud.

That’s another thing to keep in mind by the way. Cloud storage. G Suite, in it’s enterprise plan, offers the ability to back up all your conversations, emails, document, etc… on the cloud. You don’t have to delete anything. Though this only in prevalent for Enterprises. It all comes down to what you require.

  1. The author is either uninformed or has an agenda. G-suite is inferior to office 365 is nearly every manner with the exception of pricing. Any company of size that uses G-suite usually switches to Office 365 within a year. Google’s compliance, records management, & retention tools are a joke. Their directly integration (a must for any company larger than 25 people) is another joke. Google doesn’t even offer desktop applications! And yes, you can use AI to schedule a meeting in Outlook. AI is infused everywhere in Office from Powerpoint designer to helping you gain insight from Excel data. I’m still dumbfounded by this article. Let’s not forget Google “privacy” policy that states they can and will peruse your content for advertising purposes – no wonder they can offer G-suite for a lower cost. If the University is offering you the desktop bits for Office 365, you are a fool for not taking advantage. These are the tools you will need when you graduate, not Google.

  2. I wrote a critical post pointing out the inaccuracies and bad assumptions here. There were no insults. I guess the moderator deleted it.

  3. Too bad whatever program you used to write this article doesn’t PROOFREAD. You lose all credibility when there are multiple typos in the first few paragraphs.

  4. Journalism is a lost art. I suggest taking a few classes to learn how to write a decent product comparison piece

  5. I tried G-suite in my startup company. 9 months was all I could stand. The price differece to O365 was minimal but I would have changed even if it had been a 2X or 3X diff.
    In a company with 30 employees G-Suite was a joke. Will never use it again. There is only one real Office package for proffessional use.

  6. There are lots of options for those who want free or cheap. LibreOffice is a good one. G Suite is fine for light, uncomplicated and constantly connected to internet users. However, Office blows all them away for power and features. Only argument may be that most people do not need a lot of the Office features. Pricing is pretty simple and usually people consider options on pricing and plans to be a GOOD thing. Do you leave in frustration when confronted by the McDonald’s menu? I tried Google Apps (the paid one) and it was a disaster for me, as a power Outlook user. Rather than just ignoring categories in sync (which I use a lot) Google deleted them. I’ve been around awhile and made a backup first, so no issue. I cancelled my account promptly and went with hosted Exchange, which is not even fair to put in the same sentence as Google’s email solution.
    Slamming Office because it allows more organization and power, more purchase options, and because students are disorganized and unscheduled makes you sound pretty un-hirable down the road—just FYI.

  7. Having used both G suite and office 365, both have their flaws and successes. I’m office at work and G suite in my personal life and navigating between both lives is not difficult.

  8. It comes down to what you’re more comfortable using as the costs for personal use are nearly the same for individual use, until you get to Office 365 Home. O365 “includes” 5 users with each getting 1TB of cloud storage, where as if you have 5 users on G Suite, you get unlimited cloud storage, but would cost you $500/yr compared to O365’s $99/yr.

    While O365 does look and function more cleanly that G Suite, their text document editor “still” lacks the ability to sort by numerical or alphabetical. (unless I missed something, which has been known to happen 🙂 )


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