Office 365 versus Google Apps

365 vs google

Compare the differences between Office 365 and Google Apps


In this page, we will list out and compare the differences between Office 365 and Google Apps.

Microsoft’s Office suites have long since been established as a world’s industrial standard for creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. The file formats used by these programs are often mandatory when collaborating with others on projects.

As such, Microsoft Office suite is definitely the better choice for use in a more formal setting in work or in school.

Google started out as a search engine company, not a document processing software developer. Its main stream customers lies in the internet and also in the future to come.


Table of strengths between the apps and the company

CompanyMicrosoft and Office 365Google and Google Apps
Main streamDesktop and server applications developer (Windows and Servers)Internet apps developer
Main productMicrosoft products like Office and servers operating systemsGoogle search engine
Main customersOffice usersInternet users
Main incomeOffice software licensesAdvertisements from websites
Future developmentOffice subscriptions and servers on-premises softwareSearch engine and online apps
Future customersOffice and business usersNo focus, any human on earth

Overall comparison in a nutshell

Online Office Applications365 versus google

Neither online version has all the features and power of the full desktop Excel, but both probably offer enough for most users most of the time.

Google Apps has improved greatly in recent years; the spreadsheet even now includes pivot table support. However, Excel spreadsheets wouldn’t import into Google Apps.

Also, it’s much easier to find training materials online and consultation services for Office due to its long time over the years services since its establishment at the end of the last century.

Google’s Capricious Behavior

Over the years (especially in the last year) — Google has changed and dropped its many online services, leaving users in the lurch.

Offline installed software like Office 2013 are obviously useful when Internet connections are poor or unavailable (for example, on an airplane).

Microsoft includes SkyDrive Pro and a whopping 7 GB per user with Office 365. Google Apps for Business customers get 5 GB per user.

More Flexible Pricing

Most of Microsoft’s offerings are more expensive per user than Google’s, but its features are more extensive.  Microsoft’s enterprise offerings include such advanced features as email archiving, ediscovery and site mailboxes.

Microsoft’s SLA, to back up its reason for the higher premium, actually credits fees back to the customer if there is a downtime and its guaranteed uptime is stated at a higher percentage than Google’s.

Discontinuing services

It is a fact that Google makes changes or discontinuing its internet services a regular occurrence and quite often short-timed. So if Google has to made these changes, who’s to say that the company won’t discontinue or cripple some services you rely on?

On the other hand, Microsoft’s record on maintaining old, obsolete, even problematic products and services (let’s say Windows XP and 98) is much better. Can you still remember someone used Windows 98 and still refuse to change?

In general and in history as recorded, Microsoft keeps legacy software for 10 years before announcing it to be scrapped off. 10 years is considered a long time in terms of technology changes in the information era of now.


Below are more comparison information you can see:


Case studies of businesses showing why they choose Office 365 over Google:


Professional advices on the differences:


Head to head comparison of features of Office 365 versus Google Apps


Email and messaging comparison


Calendar and invites comparison


Read a true story about why a business switched from Google Apps to Office 365:

365 versus google365 versus google


Do contact us below to find out more about how Microsoft Office 365 can help in your business.

    CAPTCHA: captcha