Organizations are seeing an increase in productivity after adopting cloud-based software suites. In fact, 75% of businesses said they were more productive after migrating to Microsoft 365. With two big players in the market, the question remains… which subscription-based platform fits your company’s needs?
Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) and Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) are both one-stop shops for business communication and productivity applications. Each requires a per-person, monthly subscription fee and has:
- Cloud storage which allows for real-time collaboration and syncs across multiple devices
- Business email with custom domains and shared calendar services
- Corporate communication tools including online meetings, messaging, video conferencing and screen sharing
- Enterprise-grade security with 2-factor authentication
- Professional applications for creating documents, presentations and spreadsheets
- A highly reliable cloud platform hosted by data centers throughout the entire world
While both have very similar offerings, there are some key differences between the two. Google Workspace is built more for collaboration but is seriously lacking on features and templates whereas Microsoft 365 has more bells and whistles. Let’s dive deeper into the differences…
Microsoft 365 is known for its powerful features and libraries full of pre-built templates. From Outlook to PowerPoint, there are more chart types, media options and productivity tools to meet your organization’s needs. With Google Workspace, the applications are simpler and do not have all the additional features. This may be beneficial to some organizations who don’t want all of the extras.
Microsoft’s web-based applications are very similar to the desktop programs the world has used for decades. If you’re already familiar with their office products, then there’s really no learning curve when it comes to migrating to Microsoft 365. In fact, you’ll also receive access to their desktop programs. However, Google Workspace’s applications are very similar and are quickly accumulating a following.
Built as a browser-based platform, Google Workspace already has a leg up on Microsoft 365 when it comes to collaboration. While collaboration is still possible with Microsoft 365, it’s not as simplified as Google’s, yet Microsoft is stepping up their game.
#4: Automation and Business Apps Development
While many companies rely on some level of software development to address their specific unique needs around automation, Office 365 offers its users Power Apps which gives the users the ability to develop their own business Apps with very little or any code at all. Microsoft also includes Power Automate which allows the company to automate some of their business processes such as document approval, notifications, and other automation needs.
After reviewing the pros and cons, our pick is Microsoft 365. We love the multiple features and applications that handle most of your business needs. For more information on Microsoft 365, visit https://biztechnologysolutions.com/office-365-collaboration/.
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