Microsoft, Google, and the Fight to Control the Office

Originally posted onto 2/2/16


When it comes to finding the best and most reliable workhorse for your office needs, their used to be one go to: Microsoft Office. Now there is another contender in the ring that is taking on the word processing giant: Google for Work.

It’s hard to really deviate from the traditional goodies we have come to know so intimately over the years. Microsoft Office has always been there since the first PC’s came out. For those that grew up in the age of the personal computer, your first book reports were typed up on the early word processers of Windows 98, XP, and 2000, and since then, the document editors have just gotten better and easier to use.

Over the years, Microsoft has added Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and the ever present cloud storage service OneDrive to the mix, making your office experience that much more integrated and connected. All these goodies used to be available for a one time purchase from your local Office Depot or Best Buy and would install directly into your PC via CD (or floppy disk for those that remember those).

Starting last year, Microsoft introduced Microsoft 365, a subscription based offering of services that when annually renewed, users would be able to exclusively access the much relied on applications of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and up to a terabyte of online storage, freeing up the valuable storage on your overworked laptops.

The now expensive service that PC owners depend on created an opportunity, and one that competitor Google jumped on: Google for Work.

Google for Work is a seemingly copy-and-paste of the services offered by Microsoft, but with the caveat that it offers the same services for cheaper. You won’t get all of the bells and whistles you get from the polished and refined Microsoft Office, but the same jobs will get done with unnoticeable differences.

Watch Google For Work in action HERE.

With the major differences in the two services being price (Google being $5 a month per user or a discounted $50 for the total year and Microsoft being $5 per month annually), subscription renewal times (Google being month to month and Microsoft locking subscribers in annually), and online cloud storage (Google offering 30GB or an upgrade to unlimited for premium users, and Microsoft offering 1 TB to everyone)

The battle for the office has begun, and as of now, the winner looks to be Microsoft 365 over Google for Work on the grounds that 365 just has the reliability that we who have been using it sense the beginning already trust in. Google will need to come up with a major breakthrough to usurp that bond if it hopes to find victory over the office workhorse giant.


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