In the current age of cloud-based enterprise solutions, there are countless resources available. But, if you want a singular platform that provides all cloud resources together, the two primary choices are Google Workspace and Office 365.
As an enterprise just entering the realm of cloud services, it may be difficult for you to choose between the two. So, here is a breakdown of the features of these cloud services, and a side-by-side comparison as well.
For both Google Workspace and Office 365, the pricing is exactly the same, $6 per user per month. But, if you subscribe to Office 365 annually, it comes down to $5 per user per month. If you have already used MS Office tools, it’s important to note that the Office 365 subscription does not come with any downloadable software, but rather only the online app version of that software.
Both have fairly similar services, but Office 365 does provide much larger storage space. While Google Workspace provides 30 GB per user (including Gmail and Drive), Office 365 provides 1TB of storage space. On the other hand, Google provides unlimited storage in their higher-priced plans, which are perfect for enterprise-grade storage requirements.
Google is easily the more feature-heavy and integration-friendly among the two cloud service providers. However, people may be more used to the Microsoft UI, making it more user-friendly. Google also has some added features such as text-to-speech, collaborative working options, etc.
However, it is Office 365 that seems to be winning the race as of now. Most enterprise-grade professionals are simply more used to software such as MS Word and Excel, and they would rather use their online versions than shift to a completely new ecosystem.
But, if you want a feature-heavy, hybrid-workspace-friendly cloud system, Google Workspace is the better option for you.
On one hand, Google Workspace ensures that you are able to shift your data very quickly onto their platform. On the other, Office 365 is more user-friendly and will make the process seamless. So, it’s a tough choice. However, if you are a large enterprise, then Google will definitely speed up the process of shifting massive amounts of data to the cloud.
Google has always been a cloud-oriented service provider, while MS Office recently migrated to the cloud. So, a more seamless process is provided by the former, while the latter is more well known.
The choice will ultimately be based on your particular needs. If you are a team that works using collaborative processes, then Google Workspace is a better fit for you. Or if you are a large enterprise that requires people to work separately in their own spaces, Office 365 will definitely be the easier option to keep the workflow going.
So, make sure to study the offerings of both these cloud services carefully before choosing, because migrating from one to another after a few months will be a highly difficult process.