Office 365 vs G Suite (or, as it used to be known, Google Apps)…which is better? This is a question that many businesses, particularly startups, have trouble answering.

In this post I’m going to try to help you decide which is best for your business, by putting the two product suites head to head in a detailed comparison review.

Read on to see how G Suite and Office 365 fare against each other in the key areas of pricing, features and ease-of use. We’ll explore all the pros and cons of each product in depth and explain why, and when, you might want to use one over the other.

If you find the review useful, I’d be really grateful if you could share it or leave a comment — it’s always really helpful to get other people’s opinions on the apps we review. And finally remember that we now offer setup and migration services for both Office 365 and G Suite: do contact us if you need help with either.

What do Office 365 and G Suite do?

Office 365 and G Suite are a suite of productivity tools that let you perform common business tasks ‘in the cloud’. Office 365 also provides a comprehensive range of desktop applications (programs that you install on your computer as opposed to using in a web browser).

Both Office 365 and G Suite allow you to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations and collaborate with team members whilst doing so; they also provide video conferencing functionality and cloud storage.

(As an aside, both these productivity suites have undergone name changes in recent years. Up until recently, G Suite was called Google Apps for Work, and many of its users still refer to it simply as as Google Apps. With regard to Microsoft’s offering, before it evolved to offer cloud-based apps and became known as Office 365, people used to refer to it as ‘Microsoft Office’).

Web applications in Office 365 and G Suite

Office 365 and G Suite both offer a set of web applications which have equivalents in both product suites, namely:

  • Word > Google Docs
  • Excel > Google Sheets
  • Powerpoint > Google Slides
  • Outlook Online > Gmail
  • One Note Online > Google Keep
  • Sharepoint > Google Sites
  • Skype for Web > Google Hangouts
  • Microsoft Teams > Google Keep (sort of)