File creation and sharing tools are some of the most critical pieces of your business. After all, they allow you to create documents, deliver information to clients, and have your team collaborate on projects. While Microsoft is the top choice for many businesses (like ours here at Bit-Wizards), Google’s productivity suite now has millions of users. That leaves us to ask: What are the differences between the two, and which one is right for your business?
Although we are admittedly a bit biased as Microsoft Partners, we want you to have the suite that suits you, so we have presented all the information below without our opinion!
Applications & Tools
In terms of the applications offered by Microsoft 365 and GSuite, both have a comparable suite. Both include a “word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, email, calendar, and contacts programs, along with video conferencing, messaging and note-taking" application, as shared by Computer World. In addition, both options include tools to help you create surveys, team sites, and notepads.
Paid subscriptions also have more comprehensive security and support options, as well as increases in cloud storage.
Microsoft offers Word, Excel, and PowerPoint’s online versions for free, like Google with their Docs, Sheets, and Slide alternatives. A paid subscription is required for additional applications and other features.
While Microsoft’s business model was once license-based, and we can all remember buying the boxes of software discs to install, they have since switched to a subscription-based model. Google has responded in kind with a comparable option for teams and businesses.
G Suite Pricing
Below is a breakdown of Google’s pricing plans, according to their pricing page.
Microsoft 365 Pricing
In comparision, Microsoft 365 offers three business tiers and a Microsoft 365 Apps-only version. You can see all the details on their pricing page.
Collaboration & Communication
Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace offer similar tools when it comes to their functionality and options. Both companies include many ways to collaborate, work as a team, and create documents together.
One of the most significant differences is notably the number of templates and resources available through Microsoft applications. Since many of these Microsoft applications are staple programs used by businesses and individuals for years, they offer more robust templates and customizable projects. In contrast, Google's tools were designed with collaboration in mind and focus on syncing real-time changes every step of the way. Microsoft has done a great job of evolving its products and matching Google's functionality for collaborative features.
If you are looking for a more robust breakdown of the tools available on both, Computer World’s article does a good job of comparing them.
Migration & Deployment
If you plan to deploy either productivity suite, there are plenty of additional guides available on the web. Prepare yourself, though; this process can be time-consuming and challenging. Both products offer an installation wizard to assist during set-up; however, the larger and more complex the requirements of your business needs will determine how difficult the deployment is.
Depending on your deployment timeline and security concerns, it might be beneficial to hire a professional to assist or even take on the full project.
Bit-Wizards is available to help your business find the right solution, plan the deployment, and execute it. Our team takes a white-glove approach to your project, allowing you to focus on your business while we take care of deploying your new software environment. Are you looking for a turnkey solution to a new productivity suite but don’t want the hassle of figuring it out yourself; give us a call, and let us make sense of IT.