How does Office 365 compare to Google Apps?

Feature Office 365 Google Apps
Online document collaboration and file sharing Yes Yes
Productivity anywhere Yes Yes*
Mobile/tablet apps Microsoft Office Mobile for Android, iOS, and Windows devices Drive, Docs, and Sheets apps for iOS and Android
Cost Free Free
Word processing Microsoft Word / Word Online Google Docs
Spreadsheets Microsoft Excel / Excel Online Google Sheets
Presentations Microsoft PowerPoint / PowerPoint Online Google Slides
Web Pages Microsoft SharePoint Online Google Sites
File storage OneDrive for Business - 1 TB per user Google Drive - unlimited
Offline usage Offline editing is supported for all Office Web Apps, and desktop versions that can always be accessed offline Docs, Sheets, and Slides can be enabled for offline use in Google Chrome only and an add-on for Google Chrome is available to enable offline Gmail usage
Cross compatibility Google drive files can be downloaded as PDFs or in the format of whatever word processor you have on your machine, so if you want to edit them in Office it’s easy to do so. Microsoft files can be uploaded to Google Drive, but since a lot of features found in Office aren’t available in Google Apps, formatting is often not preserved.
Web Conferencing Supported with Skype Online, but not available at this time. Supported with Google+, but not available at this time.
Video Conferencing Supported with Skype Online, but not available at this time. Google Chat
Instant messaging Supported with Skype Online, but not available at this time. Google Chat
Security compliance FISMA, HIPAA/HITECH, ISO/IEC 27001, EU’s Data Protection Directive, FERPA FISMA, ISO 27001, FERPA and SSAE 16

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Last updated: 

November 05, 2015

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