2011 was a good year for web-based “software as a service” packages. Although these aren’t new technologies, now inside your people seem interested in using and taking advantage of the cloud and of the cloud calculating document-sharing services. If in Jan 2011, Google has announced that it will offers its users free Microsoft teams comparison free data storage of files up to 1GB for Google Docs, on Summer the same year, Microsoft released to the public its “commercial software plus services” called Microsoft Office 3665.
Both services your internet site suite of desktop apps which can be accessed and delivered over the internet, and provide users with mobility and immediate access to their documents irrespective of where they, as long as they have a compatible device and an Internet connection.
Such tools address mainly businesses, but also users who work in a team and for whom collaboration tools are an essential part of their work. In order to have an optimal communication between users, such a communication tool needs to be compatible with all the hardware and software components of all members. So it is important to know what devices (PC, smartphones one the market, capsules, etc. ) your friends use and what software products. The best approach would be that the entire team uses the same web-based software service and prevent working across multiple hardware and software platforms.
In terms of familiarity and larger compatibility, Microsoft Office 365 is the best solution, if you team wants online usability, Google Docs offers a cheaper alternative. About the user’s experience, Microsoft solution utilizes locally installed copies of Office (instead of web apps), while Google moves the entire action into internet browsers. So let’s see what these web-based office packages have to offer:
• Microsoft Office 365 comes with: email, Word, Surpass, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Lync and calendars. On the other hand Google Docs provides users with: email, Word processor, Drawing request, Presentations, Online spreadsheet
• In terms of price, Google Docs is free (including Google30mail, Google Talk, and other Google products), however for $5 per user, per month ($50 per year) you can get Google Apps which comes with Google Docs + support + extra storage + SLA (service level agreement). Microsoft features a more intricate permission plan which includes various options, such as Plan E4: for $27 a month you get full Microsoft Office permission + enterprise voice capability, etc.
• Docs suite is quite easy to install, and all the information you need is on the Google site. We cannot say a similar thing about Office 365, as you need to install a cell phone browser plug-in, as well as Microsoft Lync.
• Docs is compatible with most important cell phone browser, while Office 365 doesn’t support Google Chrome.
• Both tools have an easy to use URINARY INCONTINENCE, however Office 365 offers a familiar touch: you’ll be working with documents (as usual), but these will be saved to Office 365 and not on your local machine.
• When it comes to spreadsheets, Google let’s you right-click in the request and resize hide/unhide rows. Also, Google spreadsheets provide more advanced features, such as: charting, image embedding, pivot tables, etc.
• On the other hand, when it comes to presentations/PowerPoint, Office 365 has a clear advantage: the web request offers the same experience and results as the desktop application
Google Docs has the advantage that’s easy to install, is inexpensive, and is appropriate for almost any device with a cell phone browser. So no matter if you work in your own home PC which has installed Linux, or away, from your Robot mobile phone, the experience will be the same. However, Docs has a series of limitations as well, such as: mistaken integration with local apps, scarce compatibility with PowerPoint files, etc.
Microsoft Office 365, although is more expensive, is designed with a complete set of advanced features, as well as full compatibility with real world Office apps.
So, I can’t really say that one tool surpasses the other, but that both have a series of advantages as well as limitations, and that before making your choice you should first consider the needs and requirements of your team.