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Google: Forget Office 365, Use Google Apps Instead

Microsoft plans on releasing its new cloud-based Office 365 on Tuesday, and rival Google was not going to take this release sitting down. In fact, Shan Sinha, Google’s Apps Product Manager, posted a blog post giving users many reasons NOT to use Microsoft’s new Office 365.

Tomorrow Microsoft is launching Office 365. Many of you have asked for our perspective, so we thought we’d share some thoughts to help you make an informed choice. Office 365 is optimized for Windows-based PCs and devices, which reduces your flexibility. Our applications are designed to work well on any device, on any operating system. You can’t just take legacy, desktop software, move some of it to a data center and call it “cloud.” Apps was born for the web and we’ve been serving hundreds of millions of users for years.

Here are some of his reasons: Sinha also argues that Office 365 is for individuals which Google Apps is meant for teams. Office 365 is built for Microsoft while Google Apps is built for choice. Office 365 has 11 different plans with three different editions and two tiers. Google Apps is $5/month with no commitment. While Office 365 is about the desktop, Google Apps is about the web.

Read the full blog post here.

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