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Google Apps vs Office 365

In case you're not aware at this point, you can think of Google Apps as Google's online version of Microsoft Office. You get access to a suite of online web apps that let you edit documents, create spreadsheets, build presentations and more all from your web browser, nothing to install on your computer.

Google Apps came out well before Office 365 and started stealing some of the market away from Microsoft's flagship Office product because it was (and still is for non business accounts) completely free. If you think about the cost per computer to install Office (before Office 365) you were looking at anywhere from $150 - $500 per machine!

It makes sense why so many individuals and small businesses quickly jumped ship from Microsoft and moved over to Google Apps. Potentially saving thousands of dollars.

Google then came out with Google Apps for Work. This is an enhanced version of the standard Google Apps system that is much more robust with solutions designed for business including:

Business email addresses (name@yourcompany.com)
Video and voice calls
Integrated online calendars
30GB of online storage for file syncing and sharing
Online text documents, spreadsheets and slides
Easy to create project sites
Security and admin controls
24/7 phone and email support

All this for only $5 per user. Or there is the unlimited storage and vault version for $10 per user which includes everything above PLUS:

Unlimited Storage (or 1TB per user if fewer than 5 users)
Advanced admin controls for Drive
Audit and reporting insights for Drive content and sharing
Google Vault for eDiscovery covering emails, chats, docs and files
Easily search and export to different formats
Archive all emails sent by your company
Set message retention policies
Place and enforce litigation holds on inboxes

So if you were Microsoft and started to see your market share declining because of this new inexpensive solution that doesn't require any software to be downloaded, installed, upgraded, tweaked or configured much at all, I'm sure you'd be sweating and losing sleep at night as well.

Enter Microsoft's answer to Google Apps. Office 365 now gives consumers and business owners an inexpensive way to get the full version of Microsoft Office on all their computers for one low monthly fee. In addition, you get online versions of the software, hosted exchange service and a whole lot more.

Depending on the version you choose you'll get a number of options for yourself or your business. Here's a link to the comparison page between the business versions of Office 365: https://products.office.com/en-ca/business/compare-more-office-365-for-business-plans.

For around $15 a month you'll get the same locally installed Office you've come to rely on over the years and never have to worry about being out of date so long as you maintain your subscription.

You always have access to the latest version and the huge bonus is Microsoft hosted exchange service which will sync your contacts, calendar, tasks email and more across all your devices. Your data is stored in the cloud so you won't need to be concerned about backing up your Outlook information.

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