G Suite vs Microsoft Office 365: What are the differences?
What is G Suite? Collaboration and productivity apps for Business. An integrated suite of secure, cloud-native collaboration and productivity apps. It includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more.
What is Microsoft Office 365? Enterprise-class set of productivity tools and cloud-based email. Collaborate for free with online versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. Save documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online, in OneDrive. Share them with others and work together at the same time.
G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 can be categorized as "Productivity Suite" tools.
Some of the features offered by G Suite are:
- google drive
On the other hand, Microsoft Office 365 provides the following key features:
- Supports Mac, iPad®, iPhone®, and Android™
- Auto updates for Desktop and the online versions
- Email, chat, or call support and talk to a real live person
According to the StackShare community, G Suite has a broader approval, being mentioned in 10759 company stacks & 1114 developers stacks; compared to Microsoft Office 365, which is listed in 57 company stacks and 41 developer stacks.
We had been using Office 365 at Omnio Interactive for roughly 5 months before making the bold decision and switching to Google's counterpart.
Stylistically, both systems are extremely easy on the eye and both interfaces can be used with little to no employee training (who hasn't had past experience with Office/Outlook and Gmail?). Ultimately it comes down to personal preferences; our employees preferred Google's offering when it came to UI.
Pricing is incredibly cheap for both of the products. We were using Office 365 Business Essentials and have moved to G Suite Basic which is roughly 30% cheaper, although this only represents a saving of ~£2 per user per month.
A big deal-breaker for our move to G Suite was the sheer number of sites and services that offer authentication with Google. More services that we use allow registration with an existing Google (G Suite) account and so the reduced number of logins that need to be stored and managed is a bonus. In comparison, we could count the number of services that we came across offering a 'Sign In with Microsoft' on one hand.
Mobile device management is also super useful for securing our employees' devices. Setting up work profiles on Android with the 'Google Apps Device Policy' app is extremely easy, and allows for the 'sandboxing' of business-related apps. Being able to secure these apps with a password or biometrics through Android's settings is also nice to have. This works for us as all of our employees' devices run Android. I don't have any knowledge of how this works (if at all) on iOS.
We are highly dependent on G Suite for all our collaboration and productivity needs, from Gmail and Calendar to Sheets and Docs. While it may not be as robust as Microsoft's offerings in those areas, it's totally cloud-based, we've never had any downtime issues and it integrates well with our other tools like Slack. We write and collaborate on all our specs/PRDs in Docs, share analyses via Sheets and handle our meetings via Calendar. #StackDecisionsLaunch #ProductivitySuite #Collaboration #DocumentCollaboration