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    Office 365 vs Google apps

    Hi guys and girls,

    I'm wondering if you can help me out, I've been dealt the job of finding a new e-mail provider, as we no longer want to stay with Lotus Notes and I'm researching both Office 365 and Google Apps and I'm wondering if someone will be able to point out key differences between the 2 as I can't really seem to spot too much different except price?

    Microsoft is cheaper and from what I've read, it basically does the exact same things as Google and I know this shouldn't be too much of a factor here but after ringing up both companies to do a pros and cons list, when I finished the call, I was much happier with what Microsoft said to me rather than what Google had said.

    Why is Google more expensive? What are peoples preferences?

    Any information will be greatly appreciated :-)

    Thank you,

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    If you are a school, both are free for email. If you are a business then your use case may be outside the experience of most people here so it's difficult to highlight the key differences.

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    I generally go with Office 365, however they're both very good. Go with the best needs for your school

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    Most schools I know are going with O365. Google just feels cobbled together. If you look into it and do a comparison I dare say there is very little in it. Set up an account on each and try them out.

    The only school I have any dealings with that has gone GoogleDocs is now re-considering after less than a year.

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    I'm not a school, sorry I should of pointed that out, we are a business here

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    We have had no problems with google docs - support from google is very good.
    Ironically we chose google because integration with active directory was better though this was a while ago and things may have changed with office 365.
    Collaboration tools are very good in google docs - working simultaneously on documents, sharing to individuals, part of organisation or public.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maark View Post
    Collaboration tools are very good in google docs - working simultaneously on documents, sharing to individuals, part of organisation or public.
    Yes I have heard this but I have worked on SkyDrive before and they do pretty much the same thing and it's very easy to use

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew_91090 View Post
    I'm not a school, sorry I should of pointed that out, we are a business here
    I also use Office 365 for Biz too Can recommend it and costs a fraction of what a hosted Exchange setup would cost.

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    Just to reignite this thread.

    We have chromebooks and ipads in the junior school and we use Edmodo a lot which links in with Google drive really well but I prefer m$ especially with the free office offer they are doing.

    Does anyone use both in schools or is that stupid?

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