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Office 365 or Google suite for global business? If you moved from one to the other, what were some of the reasons? What worked out well or not so well?

Office 365 or Google suite for global business? If you moved from one to the other, what were some of the reasons? What worked out well or not so well?

Top Comment: O365 is clunky and has terrible account switching capabilities. The only real plus side is the office suite which we allocate a se. View poll results (1588 responses)

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Office 36580%
Google Business Suite20%
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Anonymous Author
O365 is clunky and has terrible account switching capabilities. The only real plus side is the office suite which we allocate a separate account for people who need those tools(executives and sales team). I run engineering for two different companies 1 on Teams for free with O365 and Slack with Gsuite. Everyone one the Gmail + Slack combo is far happier and more collaborative without Teams ruining their day.
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Anonymous Author
People keep saying one is “better” over another but I get the sense they are making this a matter of taste. I support several companies at a time and see both worlds side by side. In my experience, G Suite produces much less helpdesk load and there are fewer outages. Business types prefer MS, scientists and engineers prefer Google. If either is already implemented, I think the headache of migrating from one to the other is almost never worth the headache.
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Anonymous Author
We moved from Office on prem to Office 365.  Reduced costs and implementation was smooth.
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Anonymous Author
Office 365 is good, one need to negotiate hard for good pricing though.
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Anonymous Author
Office 365 is quite costly.
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Anonymous Author
O365 is extremely expensive, and has complex licensing where they are always trying to upsell you to E or M5. Google is less expensive, has good collaboration tools, but lacks the finish and polish of O365 office suite.
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Anonymous Author
I think the size and age of the company makes a big difference. I would agree with those that said O365 has better security (you do have to pay for it). In terms of advanced features for say Excel/PowerPoint there is no real comparison however most people don't surface or use this. I think a lot of it comes down to the fact that most people, when they work in a large company or smaller company (outside tech), are exposed to the Windows/Office ecosystem creating a feedback loop: since most users are used to Office and don't really see the cost difference inertia kicks in. I wonder what would happen if companies exposed the difference in licensing costs and say something like "if we go with Workspaces everyone will get $ back each year".
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Anonymous Author
We use a hybrid setup. Google is the primary productivity platform for email, collaboration as it is cheap and simple and works better for remote working and basic usage. For advanced users with ERP and PowerBi, we provide an O365 license. This way we manage the cost and get the best of both worlds as per user requirements.
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Anonymous Author
As a young startup, we opted for Zoho's suite.  The range of services are vast and not very pricey.
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Anonymous Author
I wonder if Microsoft will lose some of this foothold with its pricing and billing changes.   For many organizations Office 365 is overkill for many seats.
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Anonymous Author
G-Suite has horrendous insecure runaway permissions. We moved to o365 and never looked back.
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Anonymous Author
Office365 though little expensive, one can derive lot of value from the solution if and only if one is smart to carve solutions using these tools for collaboration, data security, eDiscovery, etc...
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Anonymous Author
We moved from G-Suite to O365, primarily because of the collaboration capabilities that Microsoft Teams & Sharepoint and of course the full Office Suite of Products.  Additionally, what was of immense value was the integration of these collaboration platforms with Power BI, which we have now standardised for delivery of MIS within the organisation.   Lastly, the integration with D365 - the ERP & CRM Suite too helps enormously.  We did not go with Talent, as we found the HR Suite to not be mature.
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Anonymous Author
Whilst I personally prefer O365, price wise I think there is a place for a low cost, simpler alternative for many organisations that don't need the full suite of functionality provided in O365 and who would get more value investing in other parts of their technology ecosystem.
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Anonymous Author
O365's practical advantage is its user base and inertia, even where security is not a top concern.  The inertia includes the baggage of quirks, features, bugs that impact formatting, creating the risk of incompatibility when trying to edit Word and Excel docs in Google.   This becomes a frequent headache when sharing documents with customers and partners who are using different tools.  Consequently we are forced to buy O365 even when Googles docs would be more than adequate.  Add in the security advantages and we really are getting what we pay for.
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Anonymous Author
Google Suite was built from the ground up for collaboration across the Internet. Office was born when local area networks adapters were an optional expensive extra expansion for your Personal Computer. It shows. I use both in a global organisation where collaboration across timezones the the default mode of operation. For me and my organisation, Google Suite wins hands down on document creation and review. Gmail is inferior to Outlook by a long stretch, but who does emails these days? 
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Anonymous Author
Office 365 has gotten more stronger and integrated. The end user experience as well as increased ease of configuration has helped ramp up teams and business. It has further reduced onboarding times for new employees and consultants.
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Anonymous Author
O365 is good, but pricey. O365 has better Office productivity apps (powerpoint, etc.). Gdrive vs OneDrive is a tossup. I'd probably favor OneDrive as slightly better. Exchange and Outlook is WAY better than Gmail. Teams is better than Meet and Hangouts for video conferencing, but Teams is terrible for chat/collaboration. Teams is basically a Slack wannabe done poorly. I will say definitively that the security in O365 is way better than Gmail and this was a big driver for us to migrate off Google, BUT MS charges you for this. You get way you pay for I guess.
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Anonymous Author
Office 365 has better functionality etc. Tried to use Google sheets and unfortunately had some issues. So, we stayed on Office 365.
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Anonymous Author
Office 365 offers a stable, known platform.  Google is fighting to catch up, but hobbled by privacy and security concerns
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Anonymous Author
I use both based upon my involvement with different companies. I recommend Office 365 for its information management feature. G-Suite is centered on user accounts and does not have strong features for managing group documents beyond sharing between accounts. While I am not a fan of Teams, Office 365 does provide a stronger set of tools for managing documents and files at an organizational level. One caveat - if you are not a Windows/Mac shop, you should use G-Suite as a lot of the power behind of Office 365 is not web based. Another option is to run Windows as a guest on Linux machines. Beyond Office 365, running Windows provided a method for better control of corporate information assets while allowing developers more freedom in the Linux host.
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Anonymous Author
Planning to move out of Microsoft 365 to Google Workspace due to high cost and complexity of the licenses pricing of Microsoft
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Anonymous Author
Office 365 is a more mature offering and has more features and functionality. We bought a company using GSuite, and we've migrated them to o365. Great experience, and unless I am trying to save money, I don't see any competitive advantage to GSuite over o365.
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Anonymous Author
Office 365 offers variety of integrated solutions such as Power Automate, Teams, Planner etc. Much better than Google Business. 
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