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google g suite vs microsoft office 365

Google G Suite vs Microsoft Office 365

By Abhishek Singh / September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020
Google G Suite vs Microsoft Office 365

There was a time in the late 90s and early 2000s when Microsoft office ruled the business world. Microsoft office conveniently outshined competitors like lotus SmartSuite and WordPerfect office. Microsoft was at its peak. A few years later in 2006, there came spreadsheets and Google docs which were manufactured by Google. It was a conjunction of spreadsheets and online word processing pair that formed Google apps suite by joining with other business services. It was later rebranded as G Suite.

The arrival of Google's productivity suite didn’t overtake the Business world just like that, it did so gradually by gaining momentum in both popularity and features. They now boast of having over 5 million paying customers presently. Microsoft, on the other hand, has moved its attention away from ordinary traditional licensed office software to office 365. Office 365 is a version of Microsoft software that is based on subscription. It is treated more like a service with new features and updates all the time.

For easy selection of the right fit for one's business, this document provides a quick comparison between the two.

Let’s Begin.

Pricing: 

Pricing is a factor that can help you decide which one to choose between the two suites. If you have gone through the characteristics of both suites, you can come back to this part immediately without been concerned with the rest of the article. The mode of subscription both offers is a per-user-per-month subscription. Also, Microsoft offers an annual payment option with a discount.

G Suite Pricing Options

Google suite is packaged in three versions which are Basic, Enterprise and business. The basic package comes with 30GB storage and full suite application at $6 per user month. (for nonprofit purpose, they can use G suite basic for free). The business plan at $12 monthly includes all the basic packages, plus archiving and unlimited storage, additional administrative tools, enterprise search capabilities, and low-code application environment. The last package includes all that the business version offers more administrative controls at $25 per month.

Microsoft Office 365 Pricing Option for Business

The subscription for office 365 is more complicated. They range from Basic at $5 per month to $35 monthly for office 365 E5, the full packaged version for the enterprise. The table below describes what you get with each version. The plans on the left are for small businesses that have up to 300 employees while the plans on the right are for larger organizations.

Plans:

G Suite Business Plans

 BasicBusinessEnterprise
Price$6/user/mo.$12/user/mo.$25/user/mo.
Create documents, spreadsheets and presentationsYesYesYes
Mobile versions1 of Docs, Sheets, Slides, GmailYesYesYes
Email, custom domains, shared calendars, videoconferencing, team messagingYesYesYes
Drive file storage30GB/userUnlimited (if < 5 users, 1TB per person)Unlimited (1TB per person if < 5 users)
Additional business toolsForms, Currents, Sites, Keep,App Maker, Forms, Keep, Currents, SitesForms, Keep, Currents, App Maker, Sites
Security and management toolsfundamental tools including mobile device management, security alerts and SSOThe Basic plan including more powerful tools like retention policies, archive and eDiscoveryThe Business plan with powerful tools including, hosted S/MIME for Gmail, data loss prevention and access control with security key enforcement
1 All mobile apps available for Android and iOS

Office 365 Business Plans

 Office 365 Business EssentialsOffice 365 BusinessOffice 365 Business PremiumOffice 365 ProPlusOffice 365 E1Office 365 E3Office 365 E5
Pricing$5/month$8.25/month$12.50 /month$12/month$8/month$20month$35/month
User limit300 users300 users300 usersUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Create documents, spreadsheets and presentationsYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Desktop1 / mobile2 versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OutlookNo / YesYes / YesYes / YesYes / YesNo / YesYes / YesYes / Yes
Exchange email hosting, custom domains, shared calendarsYesNoYesNoYesYesYes
Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business and SharePointYesNoYesTeams onlyYesYesYes
OneDrive file storage1TB/ user1TB /user1TB/user1TB/user1TB/userUnlimitedUnlimited
Additional business toolsOneNote, Planner, Yammer, Delve, MyAnalytics (basic), moreAccess3, Publisher3, OneNote, moreAccess3, Publisher3, OneNote, Planner, Yammer, Delve, MyAnalytics (basic), moreAccess3, Publisher3, OneNoteOneNote, Planner, Yammer, Delve, MyAnalytics (basic), Power Automate, moreAccess3, Publisher3, OneNote, Planner, Yammer, Delve, MyAnalytics (basic), Power Automate, moreAccess3, Publisher3, OneNote, Planner, Yammer, Delve, MyAnalytics (full), Power Automate, Power BI, more
Security and management toolsBasic tools including mobile device management, archiving, threat management and auditingBasic tools (omits Exchange Online Protection)Basic toolsEnterprise-level tools (omits Exchange Online Protection)Everything in Business Premium plus more powerful tools including retention policiesEverything in E1 plus more powerful tools including data loss prevention and required 2-factor authenticationEverything in E3 plus more powerful tools including advanced threat protection and eDiscovery
1 Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint desktop apps available for Windows and Mac
2 All mobile apps available for Android and iOS
3 Publisher and Access desktop apps available for Windows only

There was a time in the late 90s and early 2000s when Microsoft office ruled the business world. Microsoft office conveniently outshined competitors like lotus SmartSuite and WordPerfect office. Microsoft was at its peak. A few years later in 2006, there came spreadsheets and Google docs which were manufactured by Google. It was a conjunction of spreadsheets and online word processing pair that formed Google apps suite by joining with other business services. It was later rebranded as G Suite.

The arrival of Google’s productivity suite didn’t overtake the Business world just like that, it did so gradually by gaining momentum in both popularity and features. They now boast of having over 5 million paying customers presently. Microsoft, on the other hand, has moved its attention away from ordinary traditional licensed office software to office 365. Office 365 is a version of Microsoft software that is based on subscription. It is treated more like a service with new features and updates all the time.

For easy selection of the right fit for one’s business, this document provides a quick comparison between the two.

Let’s Begin.

Pricing: 

Pricing is a factor that can help you decide which one to choose between the two suites. If you have gone through the characteristics of both suites, you can come back to this part immediately without been concerned with the rest of the article. The mode of subscription both offers is a per-user-per-month subscription. Also, Microsoft offers an annual payment option with a discount.

G Suite Pricing Options

Google suite is packaged in three versions which are Basic, Enterprise and business. The basic package comes with 30GB storage and full suite application at $6 per user month. (for nonprofit purpose, they can use G suite basic for free). The business plan at $12 monthly includes all the basic packages, plus archiving and unlimited storage, additional administrative tools, enterprise search capabilities, and low-code application environment. The last package includes all that the business version offers more administrative controls at $25 per month.

Microsoft Office 365 Pricing Option for Business

The subscription for office 365 is more complicated. They range from Basic at $5 per month to $35 monthly for office 365 E5, the full packaged version for the enterprise. The table below describes what you get with each version. The plans on the left are for small businesses that have up to 300 employees while the plans on the right are for larger organizations.

Plans:

G Suite Business Plans

 BasicBusinessEnterprise
Price$6/user/mo.$12/user/mo.$25/user/mo.
Create documents, spreadsheets and presentationsYesYesYes
Mobile versions1 of Docs, Sheets, Slides, GmailYesYesYes
Email, custom domains, shared calendars, videoconferencing, team messagingYesYesYes
Drive file storage30GB/userUnlimited (if < 5 users, 1TB per person)Unlimited (1TB per person if < 5 users)
Additional business toolsForms, Currents, Sites, Keep,App Maker, Forms, Keep, Currents, SitesForms, Keep, Currents, App Maker, Sites
Security and management toolsfundamental tools including mobile device management, security alerts and SSOThe Basic plan including more powerful tools like retention policies, archive and eDiscoveryThe Business plan with powerful tools including, hosted S/MIME for Gmail, data loss prevention and access control with security key enforcement
1 All mobile apps available for Android and iOS

Office 365 Business Plans

 Office 365 Business EssentialsOffice 365 BusinessOffice 365 Business PremiumOffice 365 ProPlusOffice 365 E1Office 365 E3Office 365 E5
Pricing$5/month$8.25/month$12.50 /month$12/month$8/month$20month$35/month
User limit300 users300 users300 usersUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Create documents, spreadsheets and presentationsYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Desktop1 / mobile2 versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OutlookNo / YesYes / YesYes / YesYes / YesNo / YesYes / YesYes / Yes
Exchange email hosting, custom domains, shared calendarsYesNoYesNoYesYesYes
Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business and SharePointYesNoYesTeams onlyYesYesYes
OneDrive file storage1TB/ user1TB /user1TB/user1TB/user1TB/userUnlimitedUnlimited
Additional business toolsOneNote, Planner, Yammer, Delve, MyAnalytics (basic), moreAccess3, Publisher3, OneNote, moreAccess3, Publisher3, OneNote, Planner, Yammer, Delve, MyAnalytics (basic), moreAccess3, Publisher3, OneNoteOneNote, Planner, Yammer, Delve, MyAnalytics (basic), Power Automate, moreAccess3, Publisher3, OneNote, Planner, Yammer, Delve, MyAnalytics (basic), Power Automate, moreAccess3, Publisher3, OneNote, Planner, Yammer, Delve, MyAnalytics (full), Power Automate, Power BI, more
Security and management toolsBasic tools including mobile device management, archiving, threat management and auditingBasic tools (omits Exchange Online Protection)Basic toolsEnterprise-level tools (omits Exchange Online Protection)Everything in Business Premium plus more powerful tools including retention policiesEverything in E1 plus more powerful tools including data loss prevention and required 2-factor authenticationEverything in E3 plus more powerful tools including advanced threat protection and eDiscovery
1 Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint desktop apps available for Windows and Mac
2 All mobile apps available for Android and iOS
3 Publisher and Access desktop apps available for Windows only
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