2011 was a good year for web-based “software as a service” suites. Although these aren’t new technologies, now use in your people seem interested in using and taking advantage of the fog up and of the fog up precessing document-sharing services. If in free Microsoft teams competitor January 2011, Google has announced that it will offers its users free data storage of files up to 1GB for Google Docs, on June the same year, Microsof company released to the public its “commercial software plus services” called Microsof company Office 3665.
Both services add a suite of desktop apps which can be accessed and delivered over the internet, and provide users with mobility and immediate access to their documents no matter where they, as long as they have a compatible device and an Internet connection.
Such tools address mainly businesses, but also users who work in a team and for whom collaboration tools are an essential part of their work. In order to have an optimal communication between users, such a communication tool needs to be compatible with all the hardware and software components of all members. So it’s required to know what devices (PC, cell phones, supplements, etc. ) your mates use and what software products. The best approach would be that the entire team uses the same web-based software service and avoid working across multiple hardware and software platforms.
In terms of familiarity and bigger compatibility, Microsof company Office 365 is the best solution, if a team likes online user friendly, Google Docs offers a cheaper alternative. Regarding the customer’s experience, Microsof company solution relies upon locally installed copies of Office (instead of web apps), while Google moves the entire action into browsers. So let’s see what these web-based office suites have to offer:
• Microsof company Office 365 comes with: email, Word, Shine in life, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Lync and calendars. On the other hand Google Docs provides users with: email, Word processor, Drawing instance, Presentations, Online spreadsheet
• In terms of price, Google Docs is free (including Gmail, Google Talk, and other Google products), except for $5 per user, per month ($50 per year) you can get Google Apps which comes with Google Docs + support + extra storage + SLA (service level agreement). Microsof company incorporates a more intricate driver’s license plan which includes various options, such as Plan E4: for $27 a month you get full Microsof company Office driver’s license + enterprise voice capability, etc.
• Docs suite is quite easy to install, and all the information you need is on the Google site. We cannot say the same thing about Office 365, as you need to put in a cell phone plug-in, as well as Microsof company Lync.
• Docs works with most important cell phone, while Office 365 doesn’t support Google Chrome.
• Both tools have a simple to operate UI, however Office 365 offers a familiar touch: you’ll be working with documents (as usual), but these will be saved to Office 365 and not on your local machine.
• When it comes to spreadsheets, Google let’s you right-click in the instance and resize hide/unhide rows. Also, Google spreadsheets provide more advanced features, such as: charting, image embedding, pivot tables, etc.
• On the other hand, when it comes to presentations/PowerPoint, Office 365 has a clear advantage: the web instance offers the same experience and results as the desktop application
Google Docs has the advantage that’s easy to install, is inexpensive, and is compatible with almost any device with a cell phone. So no matter if you work at your homw PC which has installed Linux, or away, from your Android os touch screen phone, the experience will be the same. However, Docs has a series of limitations as well, such as: flawed integration with local apps, tight compatibility with PowerPoint files, etc.
Microsof company Office 365, although is more expensive, offers a complete set of advanced features, as well as full compatibility with not online Office apps.
So, I can’t really say that one tool is superior to the other, but that both have a series of advantages as well as limitations, and that before making your choice you should first take into account the needs and requirements of your team.