What’s Better, Office 365 or G Suite?
Once upon a time, it was a no-brainer when it came to which office suite to use for your small business. Microsoft ruled the industry throughout the ’90s and into the 2000s. Then Google introduced Google Docs and Sheets in 2006. Google’s business suite didn’t become popular overnight, but in time it gained new features and ultimately new users. Nowadays, deciding which office suite to use for your business isn’t simple. If you’re trying to decide between Office 365 and G Suite (formerly Google Apps) for your business, we can help. Let’s take a look at each, compare their features, and help you make the right decisions for your team.
What Are Office 365 and G Suite?
Office 365 vs. G Suite: Which is Better?
The quick answer is that it depends. If your business relies on standard document-type formatting, then Office 365 is a clear choice for you. Although you can import and export documents with Google Docs, it’s likely that the formatting won’t survive the back-and-forth between platforms, which can cause a headache and waste time. Google Docs has a wide range of formatting options that are similar to Microsoft Word, but it’s not exactly the same, and could cause issues with teams that rely on the ability to consistently format. On the flip side, if your business simply needs to be able to create documents, templates, spreadsheets, etc. but you do not need the extensive formatting options, the G Suite is a great option.
Another thing to consider is the age of your business. If your business is young and many of your staff grew up with Gmail and Google Docs, then the web-based interface might be a better fit and easier for your staff to navigate and learn. Considering whether a product would improve or interfere with your team’s productivity is a good idea.
- Google Drive
- Google Docs
- Google Sheets
- Google Slides
- Google Calendar
- Google Keep
- Google Hangouts
- And other Google apps.
Microsoft’s Office 365 includes:
- One Note
- And other Microsoft apps.
Office 365 is the evolution of Microsoft Word that was first released in 1983, long before cloud-based and collaborative software was available. Although Office 365’s design mimics the desktop version, which can make collaboration harder to discover and use, it is an available option. Multiple users can work on the same document at the same time and leave comments, notes, and suggestions. Office 365 uses Skype for video conferencing, but it has some limitations, depending on how you’d like to use it. For example, it doesn’t have free Skype-to-Skype phone calls. This is a feature you would have to purchase for your business. Overall, Office 365 is a bit behind G Suite in terms of collaboration features, which could make it harder for remote workers.