Microsoft 365 vs Google Workspace: Which productivity suite is best for your business? (2022)

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Both Microsoft and Google would like to be your one-stop shop for business productivity software. Their respective subscription offerings, Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace, tick all the top-level boxes on your company's communications and productivity checklist. Each suite includes the following features:

  • Business email and shared calendaring services attached to custom domains
  • Online storage, with shared space for collaboration and a large allotment of personal storage space for each user account
  • Productivity apps for creating and collaborating on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • Corporate communication tools, including messaging, online meetings, and video conferencing
  • A management interface, with advanced features such as compliance and archiving for enterprise customers as well as security features including two-factor authentication

Both of these services are underpinned by a robust, highly reliable cloud infrastructure with data centers worldwide.

The two companies dominate the market for enterprise productivity software, with a handful of much smaller competitors, including Zoho Workplace, far behind.

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Despite the superficial parity in features, Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace take distinctly different approaches in terms of cloud architecture and app design. For many, the choice comes down to which of those approaches fits best with your installed base of hardware.

Microsoft's approach builds on its blockbuster Office franchise (the name change from Office 365 to Microsoft 365 was effective earlier this year). and the accompanying desktop apps, which are now available in Click-to-Run packages that update automatically. The back-end services, including Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Teams, offer an easy migration path for organizations ready to move their on-premises servers to the cloud. Employees can access those services using familiar desktop apps like Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or they can use web-based alternatives.

By contrast, Google's approach is cloud-native and browser-centric. The web-based services are identical to the personal tools your employees are already familiar with, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Sheets. When used with Google's Chrome browser, those apps support offline storage of email and documents

Both services include web-based management consoles that are designed for mid-sized business and larger. Those management tools can be intimidating in smaller businesses that don't have a full-time IT department. For those scenarios, working with a reseller who's been certified as a Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace specialist is usually the best option.

Note that this guide covers Microsoft 365 Business and Enterprise plans, as well as Microsoft 365 offerings that include those plans. This guide does not cover Microsoft 365 Home and Personal options, which lack support for custom domains and are managed by individuals rather than organizations.

Packages and prices

For a striking demonstration of the difference between Google's world and Microsoft's, look no further than the lineup of plans available for purchase.

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Google, true to its keep-it-simple roots, has four Google Workspace plans(an increase of one from the GSuite days): Business Starter ($6 per user per month), Business Standard ($12 per user per month), Business Plus ($18 per user per month), and Enterprise (previously $25 per user per month, but now listed as "Contact sales for pricing").

Microsoft 365, by contrast, is available in a dizzying array of permutations: three plans aimed at small businesses (Business Basic, Business Standard, and Business Premium), plus the Microsoft 365 Apps package that includes only the desktop apps and cloud storage; a handful of Office 365 Enterprise plans that haven't been rebranded; and three Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans for larger organizations transitioning away from per-machine licensing and on-premises servers.There are separate Microsoft 365 plans for educational institutions, U.S. government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Monthly per-user prices for Microsoft 365 plans range from $5 to $57 per user per month (the most expensive package also includes licenses for Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and Enterprise Mobility + Security E3). And if none of those plans suit your needs, you can mix and match individual services to create a custom plan.

It's difficult to make head-to-head comparisons between the two services, although there are some similarities. Most Microsoft 365 plans cost more than their Google Workspace counterparts because of the inclusion of Office desktop apps, a feature that adds about $8 a month to the per-user subscription fee. The $12-a-month Google Workspace Business plan, for example, matches most of the cloud- and browser-based features of Microsoft 365 Business Premium, which costs $20 a month and includes the full collection of Office desktop apps.

What's in Google Workspace?

All G Suite plans include:

  • Gmail for Business
  • Meet (video and voice conferencing)
  • Chat (secure messaging)
  • Shared calendars
  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • Keep (shared notes)
  • Forms (survey builder)
  • Sites (website builder)
  • Currents (the replacement for Google+ for Google Workspace)
  • At least 30GB of cloud file storage (Google Drive)
  • Security and administrative controls

Google Workspace Business Premium and Enterprise plans significantly increase cloud storage (at least 5 TB per user) and add eDiscovery and email options as well as the ability to limit user access by geographic regions, among other features.

Table 1: Google Workspace plans at a glance

Plan Price per user/month At a glance
Google Workspace Business Starter $6 Aimed at very small businesses, this plan includes Gmail with a custom domain along with the web-based Google productivity apps. Cloud storage is limited to 30GB per user, shared across Drive and Gmail. Video meetings are limited to 100 participants. Billing is monthly, and you can add and remove licenses at any time.
Google Workspace Business Standard $12 This plan adds enhanced security and administration controls. Personal storage space is 2TB per user; voice and video meetings can have up to 150 participants and recordings can be saved to Google Drive. Team Drives allow groups of employees to share documents.
Google Workspace Business Premium $18 This plan adds archiving and eDiscovery features to email and increases personal storage space to 5TB per user. The limit on participants in meetings goes up to 250. Team Drives allow groups of employees to share documents.
Google Workspace Enterprise $25 For the significant per-user price increase, you get enhanced security features such as S/MIME encryption and support for hardware-based security keys as well as unlimited personal storage. In addition, organizations can lock down shared files and scan email and images to detect leaks of confidential or sensitive data. This tier also includes AppSheet, which allows users to build apps without code.

What's in Microsoft 365?

All Microsoft 365 plans include either a set of cloud-based features or the right to download and install Office desktop apps on up to 15 devices per user (five Windows PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five smartphones), or both.

The collection of desktop apps includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote; Access and Publisher are available on Windows PCs only, and Microsoft recently announced plans to include a "lightweight" version of Visio with Microsoft 365 business plans. Business and Enterprise plans include 1TB or more of storage per user in OneDrive for Business and access to the web-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

Cloud-based services include the following:

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  • Exchange Online email hosting with a maximum inbox size of 50 or 100GB
  • Web-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • A minimum of 1TB of OneDrive for Business file storage per user
  • SharePoint Online team sites
  • HD video conferencing
  • Online meetings (Skype Meeting Broadcast or Microsoft Teams live events)
  • Secure messaging and collaboration (Microsoft Teams)
  • Security and administrative controls

Business plans include an appointment-scheduling app, Microsoft Bookings, and MileIQ expense-tracking software. (Two business utilities previously available in business plans, Outlook Customer Manager and Microsoft Invoicing, were retired in early 2020.)

Enterprise plans include team-based task management software (Microsoft Planner), advanced analytics (MyAnalytics and Power BI Pro), process management tools (Power Apps and Power Automate), additional collaboration software (Yammer), and advanced features such as eDiscovery, email retention policies, Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection, and free deployment support on purchases of 150 seats or more.

Confusingly, Microsoft still sells its Office 365 Enterprise plans, which don't include Windows 10 licenses or advanced management tools. The table below includes those Office-only plans.

Table 2: Microsoft 365 and Office 365 plans at a glance

Plan Price per user/month (1) At a glance
Microsoft 365 Business Basic $5 If you're looking for an alternative to Google Workspace Business Starter, you've found it (for a dollar a month less, even!). You get business email, 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage, and web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, without desktop apps. SharePoint and Microsoft Teams support are included.
Microsoft 365 Apps $8.25 This plan is for smaller organizations that use Microsoft Office but don't need Microsoft's business email. It includes the full Click-to-Run collection of desktop programs plus a minimum of 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user, but it does not include SharePoint or Microsoft Teams support.
Microsoft 365 Business Standard $12.50 Consider this a combination of the two previous Business plans, with all the cloud features, plus the latest Office desktop programs. This edition also includes small-biz tools like Outlook Customer Manager and Microsoft Invoicing. All three Business plans are limited to 300 users per organization.
Microsoft 365 Business Premium $20 This plan includes all the desktop apps and cloud services in the Business Standard plan, with the addition of Microsoft Intune management and deployment tools and Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection for security and information access control.
Office 365 E1 $10 The entry-level Enterprise plan offers all the common cloud services, with a 50GB mailbox and 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user. It includes mobile and web apps but does not include desktop apps.
Office 365 E3 $20 This plan includes everything from the E1 offering, with the addition of Office desktop programs. Maximum mailbox size increases to 100GB per user, and OneDrive storage is unlimited. Administrators also get eDiscovery features.
Office 365 Enterprise E5 $35 At the top of the line, this plan includes all E3 features and adds advanced security features such as eDiscovery, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, and Office 365 Cloud App Security. It also supports unified communications plans that integrate with conventional phone systems.

(1) Monthly prices shown in this table require an annual commitment; month-to-month prices are higher.

How they compare

Both Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace have impressively long feature lists. In fact, the biggest differences between the two services are not whether a particular feature exists but how it's implemented, and invariably that comes down to the difference in style between the two services.

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Microsoft has Exchange Online, optimized for use with the Outlook desktop client. Google has Gmail, optimized for use in the Chrome web browser and on mobile apps. Aside from those fundamental architectural differences, the feature set includes just about everything a corporate email administrator would want, including anti-malware protection, spam filtering, and group aliases.

Google Workspace Business Starter accounts have a maximum inbox size of 30GB (or less, because that space is shared by the user's Drive storage). That limitation goes away with the Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Premium, and Enterprise plans. Microsoft 365 mailbox sizes are capped at either 50GB or 100GB, depending on the plan. For Enterprise accounts with archiving turned on, archive mailbox storage is unlimited. (For more than you could ever possibly want to know about other Exchange Online limits, see this support article.)

Productivity apps

Google's flagship productivity apps are designed to work exclusively in a browser or in one of its mobile apps. By contrast, the most popular Microsoft 365 plans include the latest release of the Office desktop applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) on Windows PCs and Macs, in addition to increasingly full-featured web versions of those core apps.

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Availability of those Office desktop apps is the killer feature for some organizations. That's especially true when fidelity with Office document formats is crucial. It's easy enough to import and export Google Docs and Sheets, but Office document features aren't guaranteed to survive round trips between the two environments.

In organizations where those formats are not a big deal and where a younger workforce has grown up with Gmail and Google Docs, the browser-based interface might be considered a plus.

Cloud storage

OneDrive for Business, once a clunky spinoff from SharePoint, now shares the same sync engine as its consumer counterpart and has matured into a reliable service. It's well integrated with both Microsoft 365 and Windows, although it also works well on Macs and on mobile devices. By default, every OneDrive for Business user gets 1TB of personal cloud file storage; that limit is removed on Enterprise accounts with at least five users. For all account types, the organization gets 1TB (plus 10GB per user) of SharePoint storage.

As noted earlier, Google Drive storage allocations are shared with Gmail. On Business Standard accounts, that total is 30GB. The limit increases to 1TB on upgraded accounts and is unlimited for Google Workspace Business and Enterprise plans with at least five users. Administrators can control offline access using device policies and can dictate whether users can sync Drive files to computers or mobile devices.

Communication and collaboration

Regardless of whether you use Google Workspace or Office 365, you have an assortment of communication and collaboration tools from which to choose.

Both services allow simultaneous editing of documents in the web browser, so that people can work as a team on shared projects; for files stored on OneDrive for Business, you can collaborate using the Office desktop apps, as well.

Google has renamed its Google Hangouts apps to Meet (for online meetings, video conferencing, and voice calls) and Chat (which handles simple text chats). Microsoft 365 accomplishes the same goals with the Microsoft Teams app, which replaces Skype for Business and the ancient Lync.

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FAQs

Why MS Office is better than Google suite? ›

Microsoft 365 vs Google Workspace FAQs

The key reason to choose Microsoft 365 over Google Workspace is the inclusion of its desktop apps — most 365 plans give you access to fully installable versions of the classic Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and so on).

Is Google Workspace worth it for small business? ›

Google Workspace is a great productivity suite for business owners who want to work with team members around the world. The product is easy to use and comes with familiar apps. It can also scale up as your company grows, in that you can add or remove users easily.

Is Gmail or Outlook better for business? ›

Gmail: Best for businesses wanting a commitment-free email host with modern, intuitive productivity and collaboration tools. Outlook: Best for businesses that use email heavily and want advanced tools, organization, and automation capabilities, and who don't mind an annual commitment.

What is the equivalent of Google sheets in Microsoft Office productivity suite? ›

1. Google Sheets is entirely cloud-based. Excel is part of Microsoft 365, which evolved from Microsoft Office, which was originally designed as a desktop app. Microsoft 365 apps, including Excel, are installed on the user's desktop, tablet, or mobile device.

Should I use Google or Microsoft for my business? ›

For the easiest document collaboration and the ability to create and access all of your documents wherever you work, Google Workspace is best. If your business needs advanced features and security, then Microsoft 365's office productivity and business email apps are better for your small business.

Is Office 365 or G Suite better? ›

G Suite and Office 365 are both great cloud productivity suites. They both enable your business to collaborate, store files online and easily share them. They both free you to work from anywhere using different devices. We believe that G Suite is a much better choice for small business owners.

What is the disadvantage of Google Workspace? ›

Con – Not Open Enough:

Google Workspace is also not quite as friendly to third party apps for collaboration as it could be. The obvious example is Microsoft Office files. Google Workspace allows users to open, edit, and work share files in Microsoft Office formats, but doesn't always play nice with these files.

Why Google Workspace is the best? ›

Google Workspace lets teams share ideas instantly, join meetings remotely and from anywhere, collaborate in real-time, and more. This new way of working is possible thanks to cloud-based architectures, which outweigh the inefficiencies of working based on isolated and computer-dependent productivity tools.

Do I need Google Workspace for my business? ›

We primarily recommend Google Workspace for clients that are needing email hosting for their business. However, Google Workspace is much more than just email. It also includes a variety of apps and features that can come in quite handy. In fact, you're probably already using or are familiar with some of them.

Can Google Docs replace Microsoft Office? ›

Google Docs offers a set of productivity app alternatives to Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Specifically, you can use the Google Docs app to replace Microsoft Word and Google Sheets to replace Microsoft Excel. Similarly, Google Slides can replace PowerPoint.

Why do companies prefer Outlook over Gmail? ›

Outlook allows you to set your mailbox as per requirements. You can create and apply rules to each email to organize it in a better way. Gmail allows you to only organize your emails in limited ways, making it challenging to find some older emails. Read Also: How to Backup IMAP Emails Using MS Outlook?

Which email account is best for business? ›

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What is the difference between Google Docs and Office 365? ›

Although Google Workspace is web-based, it has the capability to work offline as well. And while Microsoft 365 is based on installed desktop software, it also provides (less powerful) web-based versions of its applications. Both suites work well with a range of devices.

What can Excel do that Google Sheets cant? ›

So what functionality does Excel have that Sheets doesn't?
  • Processing power. This is a common dealbreaker in the Excel vs. ...
  • Data visualization. Creating charts and other ways of visualizing your data is a breeze in Excel, but Sheets has very limited data visualization capabilities.
  • Formulas. ...
  • Business Intelligence tools.

How is Microsoft Office used for productivity? ›

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  8. Utilize Keyboard Shortcuts.

Which is cheaper Google Workspace or Office 365? ›

Affordability. Microsoft 365 plans start at $6 per person per month. Plans for Google Workspace start at $6 per user per month. However, the base plans of Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace aren't entirely comparable.

Can I use Office 365 and Google Workspace? ›

That's why we make it easy for you to use Google Workspace with Microsoft Office and Office 365, helping you collaborate productively from any device with anyone, regardless of what tools you use. Creating and collaborating on content is at the heart of getting work done.

What is the difference between Google and Microsoft? ›

Google is an American Multinational tech-based company that basically focuses on Internet-based products and services. Microsoft is an American Multinational tech-based company that basically focuses on developing and selling PCs, computer-based products, software, and services. Sergey Brin and Larry Page found Google.

Is G Suite the same as Office 365? ›

A Comparison of Microsoft 365 vs G Suite Pricing. G Suite is the real alternative to Office 365 that also offers free versions of apps such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. However, both Microsoft 365 and G Suite offer subscription services to businesses and enterprises of all sizes.

Which is more secure Microsoft or Google? ›

When it comes to cybersecurity, Google and Microsoft have comparable benefits and both are managed from a web interface. But Microsoft apps does offer more management controls and better account security for admins while also making it easy to manage from a mobile device.

Is Microsoft more private than Google? ›

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What are the disadvantages of Office 365? ›

Disadvantages of Office 365
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  • Compatibility issues with bespoke systems. ...
  • Constant updates mean constant changes. ...
  • Most people only use 20% of the functionality. ...
  • You don't actually own the software.

What are disadvantages of G Suite? ›

G Suite Cons

The biggest issue G Suite faces is that it's not Microsoft Office. Microsoft 365 also offers collaboration and communication tools but with a familiar interface. Google Docs and Sheets aren't as feature-driven as Word and Excel and don't always work as they should.

What do you like least about Google Workspace? ›

Cons: Lack of knowledge management/wiki feature, I find it pretty difficult to organize and looking for specific documents on Google Workspace compared to other products in the market. This can be a dealbreaker for large organizations. Philip B. Overall: Good collaboration suite, we were able to get it online quickly.

How Google Workspace can help your business? ›

Use Google Workspace for business email, video conferencing, cloud storage, and file sharing. Get all the tools your team needs to collaborate and get more done.

Does Google have a Microsoft teams equivalent? ›

Now that you have Google Workspace, here are a few tips to help you begin replacing Microsoft Teams for all your collaboration needs. Get Google Workspace apps on your mobile devices.

Can Google Workspace host my website? ›

Requirements: You purchased your domain name (example.com) during sign-up. You have your website ready (Google Workspace doesn't offer website hosting). You have the DNS record or autoconnect instructions you need from your web host.

Should I switch from G Suite to Google Workspace? ›

Can I keep my G Suite subscription? All G Suite subscriptions must transition to Google Workspace. If you have an active Annual/Fixed-Term Plan, your subscription will remain unchanged until it's time to renew. We recommend you transition as soon as possible to benefit from Google Workspace functionality.

Is Google Workspace good for sole proprietorship? ›

Google Workspace features

The service is perfectly suitable for a sole proprietorship, a small startup, or a large enterprise.

Can I use Google Workspace without domain? ›

To use Google Workspace, you need a domain. Your domain name is what appears after the www. in your website URL. If you already have a domain, enter it when you sign up for Google Workspace.

What are the differences between Google Docs and Microsoft Word? ›

Docs are accessible from any device, using any modern web browser. While Microsoft users can install Word and other 365 apps on only five devices, Google allows users to access Docs and the rest of Google Workspace on unlimited devices.

Can Microsoft Word open Google Docs? ›

Opening the File

Google Docs will then automatically save the converted file into your Downloads folder, which you can double click on to open in Microsoft Word: Now you can continue editing your document in Word. And since Google Docs is fully compatible with Word, most of your formatting will be applied as well.

Why Excel is better than Google Sheets? ›

Google sheets are the preferred application for collaboration. Excel is a superior product in the case of statistical analysis and visualization. If you want to perform any analysis, you have to do it manually. We can use Excel in offline mode.

Is Gmail owned by Microsoft? ›

Gmail is a free email service provided by Google. As of 2019, it had 1.5 billion active users worldwide. A user typically accesses Gmail in a web browser or the official mobile app.

Why do companies still use Outlook? ›

Microsoft Outlook business email enables companies of all sizes to manage emails, tasks, calendars, and contacts—all in one place. There are also third-party and native integrations to extend functionality, including seamless use with Microsoft 365 productivity suite and collaboration apps.

Do large companies use Gmail? ›

Gmail is one of the most used email clients in the world. People use it on regular basis and millions of Gmail emails are sent every day. Companies use it a lot too, and Google has created tools to make their email duties more comfortable. That's why you can use Gmail for business, and succeed at it.

Should I use Gmail for my business? ›

There's a risk of losing critical business data (without recovery). Also, using a Gmail account might also hurt how your clients see you professionally (and that's definitely a no-no!). If you want to cement yourself as a professional organization… safe, secure and on-brand email is where you should start.

What is the most secure email for business? ›

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Can I host my email on Office 365? ›

Office 365 is a subscription service offered by Microsoft to provide productivity tools like Skype for Business, Office applications, hosted Exchange emails and online file storage offered in OneDrive for Business. Office 365 offers various plans to cater for business needs both small and enterprise.

Why is Microsoft Office better than Google Docs? ›

User-friendly features make MS Word the most preferred processor for most people in educational areas. On the other hand, Google Docs is preferred by tech-savvy users who enjoy working online and require access to their documents on multiple devices at all times.

What can Microsoft Word do that Google Docs can t? ›

For example, Microsoft Word has more access to table formatting, fonts, templates, and PDF editing. Yet, Google Docs offers a variety of similar functions that can be added through add ons. If you're not happy with the default templates provided, you can search the G Suite Marketplace.

Why you should use Google Docs instead of word? ›

Google Docs is the best choice if you need to share files, work collaboratively with others, or work in the cloud for optimal backup options. However, you can certainly enjoy using both programs, as Google Docs is a free program, and employers and schools frequently offer Word to users.

Which Google Drive productivity tool is similar to Microsoft Excel? ›

Now that you've switched from Microsoft Excel to Google Workspace, learn how to use Google Sheets as your new spreadsheet program.

Is the best alternative to MS Excel offered by Google Inc? ›

Very similar in appearance and functionality to Excel, Google Sheets is probably the most popular Excel alternative. It offers timesaving features similar to Excel's, such as charts and graphs, built-in formulas, pivot tables and conditional formatting. It's available for free to anyone who has a Google account.

Can you do formulas in Google Sheets? ›

Google Sheets supports cell formulas typically found in most desktop spreadsheet packages. Functions can be used to create formulas that manipulate data and calculate strings and numbers.

What is the most useful productivity tool Why? ›

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How do you maximize Microsoft Office productivity and efficiency? ›

Consider using a sans serif font like Arial, Helvetica, or Calibri for body text; only use easy-to-read decorative fonts for headers; put dark text on a light background (or light text on a dark background); make sure all text alignment matches; and don't write long paragraphs, instead opting for digestible bullet ...

How do I get the most out of Office 365? ›

13 ways to get more out of your Microsoft 365 subscription
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  3. Manage conversations with Ignore.
  4. Keep all your notes in one place.
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  6. Research on the fly with Smart Lookup.
  7. Collaborate with co-authoring in Microsoft Word.
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Is Microsoft better than Google? ›

Google is most highly rated for Culture and Microsoft is most highly rated for Compensation and benefits.
...
Overall Rating.
Overall Rating4.34.2
Compensation and benefits4.14.1
Job security and advancement3.73.5
Management3.93.6
Culture4.24.0
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Is Google Drive Better than Microsoft Office? ›

When it comes down to Microsoft Office vs. Google Drive, consider the following: Does your team value basic, live collaboration? Then Google Drive might be the answer. However, if your team wants more cloud storage, access to desktop apps, and more features within the apps, Microsoft Office might be the best option.

What is the difference between Microsoft Office and suite? ›

“Microsoft Office 365” refers to products within the Office 365 suite. The Office 365 suite is a series of collaborative tools released by Microsoft to make work easier. These include Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Excel.

Why Excel is better than Google Sheets? ›

Google sheets are the preferred application for collaboration. Excel is a superior product in the case of statistical analysis and visualization. If you want to perform any analysis, you have to do it manually. We can use Excel in offline mode.

Which is easier to use Microsoft or Google? ›

In the Google Workspace vs. Microsoft 365 debate, Google Workspace is often easier to use and more intuitive than Microsoft 365, because Google focuses on functionality and real-time collaboration above all else through a clean, yet effective interface.

What are the differences between Google and Microsoft? ›

Both of these are leading American Multinational tech-based companies in the Tech and IT sector, but there is a fundamental difference between them. Google basically focuses more on the Internet services, while Microsoft much more on the development of computer software along with PCs (Personal Computers).

Which is a bigger company Google or Microsoft? ›

According to a Bloomberg report, Google rose 1 percent to $761.78 at the close in New York, gaining a market capitalization of about $249.9 billion. Microsoft, the world's biggest software maker, fell less than 1 percent to $29.49, for a valuation of $247.2 billion.

Can Google Docs replace Microsoft Office? ›

Google Docs offers a set of productivity app alternatives to Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Specifically, you can use the Google Docs app to replace Microsoft Word and Google Sheets to replace Microsoft Excel. Similarly, Google Slides can replace PowerPoint.

What is the difference between Microsoft 365 and Google Drive? ›

Microsoft 365, formerly Office 365, provides web, desktop, and mobile apps for Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote,... Google Drive is a cloud storage and backup platform to access files, docs, photos & more, store them in a safe place, and...

Do I need Microsoft 365 if I use Google Drive? ›

However, you will need a qualifying Microsoft 365 subscription if: Your mobile device is larger than 10.1”. You are creating, editing, and saving files to online business storage services such as: Google Drive, Box, and other business storage.

What are the 3 important Office applications in an office suite? ›

The three major Microsoft Office pieces include the word processor (Word), the spreadsheet (Excel) and the visual presentation tool (PowerPoint.)

Does Microsoft Office include Excel? ›

It includes: Full Office desktop apps such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Publisher and Access for Windows PCs, as well as access to additional OneNote features (features vary).

What's the difference between Office 365 and Microsoft 365? ›

What is the difference between Office 365 and Microsoft 365? Microsoft 365 includes everything you know in Office 365. Microsoft 365 is designed to help people and businesses achieve more with innovative Office apps, intelligent cloud services, and world-class security.

Do companies use Excel or Google Sheets? ›

Most companies use either Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, both of which are leading spreadsheet programs used around the world. Both programs make it easy and fast to enter and manage data, use formulae, and more. So, how do you know which one is best for your business?

Can Google Sheets do everything Excel can? ›

Can Google Sheets Do Everything Excel Can? Both of these programs function similarly, and for the bulk of users, you won't find anything that Sheets can't do that Excel can. However, once you start moving up into more complex functions and more extensive datasets, Excel is a little better in the long run.

Does Microsoft have a Google Sheets equivalent? ›

However, Microsoft's cloud-based version of Excel is comparable to Google sheets in its collaboration capabilities. You can't go wrong in choosing Excel vs Google Sheets, as they share many of the most important features for a spreadsheet software.

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