Video: G Suite vs Office 365
Last updated: June 14, 2018
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Microsoft Office 365 is commercial software plus services offering a set of products from Microsoft. Office 365 includes the Microsoft Office suite of desktop applications and hosted versions of Microsoft's Server products (including Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Lync Server), delivered and accessed over the Internet, in effect, the next version of Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). Office 365 free alternatives are Zoho, Google Apps.
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2017 - Microsoft Office arrived on Chromebooks to take on G Suite
Full-featured versions of Microsoft Office apps are now available in the Google Play Store for Chromebooks. But to use Office apps on devices with screen bigger than 10.1 inches (for anything other than viewing documents) you'll need a Microsoft Office 365 subscription, which starts at $6.99 a month. You also need one of the latest Chromebooks, as Google made Chrome OS capable of supporting Android applications only last year. Of course, Google’s G Suite is still the more likely choice for a number of Chromebook users, but the ability to use Microsoft Office on a Chromebook makes them a potentially more viable option for businesses using Microsoft’s software. The other option is Windows 10 S – the streamlined version of Windows 10 the company is positioning as its Chrome OS competitor.
2016 - Office 365 groups gets connectors to win over G Suite
Microsoft released Office 365 Connectors that enable teams who have been pulled together in an Office 365 Group to share third-party services using a single sign-in or account. Office 365 Connectors can surface all the information that a team may need from services like Twitter, LinkedIn or Trello, and makes it available through the shared Groups inbox. By providing an integrated experience that link together email conversations, file storage, and calendar event management, Groups create an integrated experience for teams to focus on group activity.
2014 - Office 365 gets some social-intelligence features to keep up competition with G Suite
Microsoft today unveiled major update to its online office suite Office 365, adding some new social tools with a smell of artificial intelligence. First, the office is now watching you: with whom you communicate via email, chat and voice communications (via Lync), to whom you share documents. And basing on this data it creates for you "groups" (like in the picture above . Then these groups appear in Outlook and Yammer social network and you'll be able to intelligently filter mail and discussions by group/topic. Another intelligent page is now showing the documents that Artificial Intelligence Office considers most relevant to you #rightnow. So if you come to work sleepy and it's difficult for you to understand what you are doing here - open this page and everything will become clear. Here is this page:
Other innovations - are more clear. The online file storage app OneDrive gets file comments for collaboration. Furthermore , OneDrive for Business, previously only available as a component in Office 365 and SharePoint, becomes a separate service and costs $1.50/month/user.
In addition, Office 365 adds video portal where you can upload videos and and share them with employees.
2012 - Google adds free QuickOffice to Google Apps, improves MS Office documents conversion
We all hope that since Google removed free version from Google Apps, the development of this office suite will become more active. For example, it will get the full-featured mobile version. As you know, in June, Google bought the best mobile office QuickOffice. And only after 6 months (!) it started to tie it somehow to Google Apps. The free version of QuickOffice for iPad (including text processor, spreadsheets and presentations) is now available to paid Google Apps users. The versions for iPhone and Android will be also available soon. QuickOffice for Google Apps unlike the regular version of QuickOffice can save your documents to Google Drive. Why QuickOffice is better than Google's own Google Docs, that already work on iOS and Android?
Google's own editors can only edit documents in Google Docs format, which are stored in Google Drive, and can't edit regular Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents, which are stored on your phone / tablet. Meanwhile QuickOffice allows to open and edit the local documents in MS Office formats.
Moreover, QuickOffice works so well with Microsoft's formats that Google decided to use its technology to convert Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents in the online version of Google Docs. In the picture there is an example of converting Excel table, old one and the new one:
2011 - Office Web Apps integrated into Russian Mail.Ru. Beware G Suite
Microsoft has invented an interesting way to promote its online office suite Office Web Apps. They have inbuilt their online office applications in the most popular Russian email service - Mail.Ru. Now when Mail.Ru users receive attached document they can view them directly in browser. There is no editing for now because Mail.Ru doesn't provide any document repository. Interestingly that Mail.Ru became the first in the world (after Windows Live Hotmail) email service with integrated Office Web Apps. And since Microsoft decided to hold this experiment in Russian internet, its quite strange that they partnered with Mail.Ru, but not with the biggest Russian search engine Yandex, which has more reasons to support Microsoft in their fight against Google. Perhaps because the Yandex-Mail already has its own document viewer. True, unlike Microsoft's it violates the document formatting and can't search in a document.
2011 - Google and Box.net prepare to meet Office 365
Next week Microsoft will officially launch its online office suite Office 365, and of course, the major competitors, Google and Box.net, want to spoil this party. First, they have integrated their solutions. Now Box.net users can edit any stored document in the Google Docs online editors. In addition, they can (in just one click) create new documents in Box.net folders by opening Google Docs apps. Recall that Box.net also features the similar integration with Zoho Docs, so now users will have a choice. Box.net CEO, Aaron Levy, says that he played with the beta version of Office 365 and that it’s lacking the power and functionality of the bunch Box + Google Docs.
Second, Google has improved its Google Cloud Connect plug-in (that allows to collaborate on documents in MS Office editors via Google Docs). Now, working in any MS Office editor, you can in a couple of clicks find and open a document from Google Docs.
Besides Google leaked the screenshot showing the new Google Docs offline mode. Previously the offline support in Google Docs was implemented by the Google Gears plugin, but then it was dropped and the developers promised to realize it in HTML5.
2010 - Google Wave joined Google Apps to take on Office 365
Pretty silently (not like when beta testing was started) the revolutionary service Google Wave has been opened to a public and added to the business suite of Google Apps. Interest towards Google Wave has been reducing since the release of this service (about a year ago). The primary reason for this is its complexity compared to the direct competitor - E-mail. Besides Google Wave appeared to be buggy during testing and scared even geeks. However, now Lars Rasmussen, the Wave project manager, argues that Google Wave is ready for high load and performs fast enough. In addition, developers have simplified adding comments and search for new changes in wave. They also have corrected the lack of integration with email - you can now set the email-notifications about changes in waves (although you can't add comments in the opposite direction - from the email).
In order to satisfy enterprise users Google Wave improved the access control system. In particular, it added the opportunity to invite users only for viewing wave. This is especially valuable for creating public waves, which can now be inserted into your site. In addition, it added the opportunity to restore deleted content in the PlayBack tool (formerly invited wave participants could delete something permanently).
Being not only a collaboration tool, but also a platform, Google Wave gradually accumulates extensions (robots and gadgets). Gadgets - are applications that you can insert into waves and robots - are wave participants, which automate various operations. In March the Extension Gallery appeared in the left menu. But we can not say that there already a lot of extensions. The most interesting so far - are Unaware (project management), Video Chat Experience (video chat) and Ribbit Conference Gadget (conferencing).
For developers the advanced API was introduced. It allows to develop robots that can create new waves and update them using data from external sources. In addition, soon the new API will allow to create own lightweight Google Wave clients, which will "communicate" with the service through the wave federation protocol. This protocol is already supported by Novell Pulse, SAP SteamWork and Salesforce.