Google Suite Business or Microsoft office 365 ? You decide!

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As of 2015, Google held 3 percent of the enterprise productivity suite software market, with an estimated $397.4 million in revenue, according to research firm Gartner. Microsoft, with almost $12.7 billion in revenue, held a little more than 95 percent.

That’s a gap Google clearly hopes to close with its recent push into enterprise. The company has been adding artificial intelligence features to tools, and even released a piece of hardware that integrates with G Suite, its Microsoft Office competitor, to attract the kind of enterprise customers that are entrenched in Microsoft products.

From the statistics stated above there is obviously a competitive space, and Here at Think Cirrus, we meet businesses who use G Suite and Office 365.  As a result, in a bid to help you fully understand which ones would suit your business, we on a path of exploration to discover what was so good about Google’s G Suite and why Office 365 seems to get a reputation as the old stuffy one. Let’s see what’s different about Google and what’s new with office 365.


What is G Suite Business and what does it offer?

G Suite from Google Cloud is a set of intelligent apps including Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar which can connect the people in a business, no matter where in the world they are.  G Suite is offered to professional customers in different price tiers (basic, business and enterprise) and different versions. A free version of G Suite for educators, for example, is comparable to the business version, but with some modifications, according to a Google spokesperson.  Many tools that are part of G Suite are available for free to consumer users with Google accounts; these tools include Gmail, Hangouts communications tools, word processor Docs and Excel competitor Sheets.


The summary of features include:

  • Take Gmail to Work
  • Store and share files
  • Work from anywhere
  • Business grade security
  • Easy IT Administration
  • Work with popular file types

What is Microsoft Office 365 Business Essentials and how does it compare?

Microsoft Office 365 is the Office you know, plus tools to help you work better together, so you can get more done—anytime, anywhere.

Microsoft Office is a set of interrelated desktop applications, servers and services, collectively referred to as an office suite, for the Microsoft Windows and macOS operating systems.


The latest Office apps include:

  • Word, excel, PowerPoint, one note
  • Email and Calendars
  • Instant messaging and conferencing – Skype for Business
  • Yammer – corporate social network
  • Security



  1. As a small to medium enterprise – what do I need to consider when choosing a suite for my business?

G Suite and Office 365 both seem to have all the same features. You can work anywhere, and stay connected.

According to Anito, MD at Think Cirrus says: “I think that G suite is great if you need something simple for your business, which contains email and a collaborative cloud platform. However, if you want a mature platform with added security, integrated telephony functionality such as online conferencing and skype for business then Microsoft would be a better platform for you. So, it completely depends on our needs and the size of the business.”


Both G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 can compete with one another across the board.

Google comes out on top in terms of collaboration and ease of use, while Microsoft strengths lie in offering a suite that is feature rich and capable of processing detailed documents and copious amounts of data.

Organisations currently using Google’s email client will find it an easy transition to move further down the G Suite path, with the same being relevant for those currently using Microsoft’s Outlook email client.

For businesses wanting an online suite that is most simple to use, Google is the ideal option. Its one-stop-shop approach is particularly attractive to businesses starting out and those looking for a clean and responsive productivity suite. Yet Office 365’s user interface is one that most will be familiar with, drawing on Microsoft’s extensive experience with productivity tools.


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