1. Pricing PlansMicrosoft is offering far too many pricing options for Office 365 and it's confusing. Enterprise users will need to determine where they fit in Microsoft's plans, and then determine how much they want to spend. For enterprise users, for example, plans range from $10 per user per month to $27 per user per month. Google's offering costs $50 per user per year. It's simple and easy to understand.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on June 28 will announce the official launch of Office 365, the office-productivity solution that the software giant says will deliver a new and improved way to get work done for companies and educational institutions. The service combines several factors, including Office, collaboration, and e-mail to make it a full-featured solution for companies and educators. However, when Office 365 officially launches, it will be met by Google Apps. The search giant's productivity solution, which is entirely cloud-based and has been available for quite some time, offers much of the functionality users will find in Office 365. Enterprise customers, not-for-profit groups, and educational organizations can handle all their e-mail, word processing, and collaboration needs right from the service. Although there are many out there that might believe Microsoft's solution will easily win out in the battle between the software giant and Google, that just might not be the case. Google Apps offers a host of features that might actually trump the alternatives available on Office 365. Here's how Google Apps bests Office 365.
This article was originally published on 2011-06-27
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