Office 365 versus Google Apps

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The Office UI

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The Office UI

Office 365 is designeed to work alongside Microsoft's desktop on-premise heritage. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. While Google's apps do a good job of existing "in the cloud" and proving a comparable online version of a desktop client, overall they are arguably less functionality-rich than Office across the board. Microsoft's domination in the productivity applications market - Word, Outlook for e-mail, Excel for spreadsheets, etc - is the ace up its sleeve and the company will play on the "comfort through familiarity" line as much as it can.

 

Microsoft has launched its new cloud-based version of the widely used Microsoft Office, in the shape of Office 365, which includes the Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online products. Adrian Bridgwater looks at how it compares against Google Apps.

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