As to features it does have a cut down feature set as opposed to the desktop app but still eclipses Gaps for UI and features. It does have a decent feature set but Office is huge and porting all of it to a web app would result in a horrible slow mess given web apps inherent inefficiencies.
For students basic usage you would probably get away with the web apps but if you were using some of the deeper advanced Office features you would need the desktop app.
do not forget it is completely web based so you direct all users to the school website that you have designed with big fat pictures of the different apps. Nobody has to know what the address really is and you have a nice central point with all your apps layed out how you need it.So, you end up with only partial functionality - which for a 'complete' system, which includes email is in my mind pointless. You aren't going to get staff remembering google.com/a/schoolname.sch.uk, for example.
You lose so many features by not having email enabled.
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can you name me one. not including email.You lose so many features by not having email enabled.
and if you use sites, when a user logs in they get directed to the igoogle page but still within the website, so any apps, emails, calendars, tasks, docs are all listed and live.So, you end up with only partial functionality - which for a 'complete' system, which includes email is in my mind pointless. You aren't going to get staff remembering google.com/a/schoolname.sch.uk, for example.
You lose so many features by not having email enabled.
do not forget it is completely web based so you direct all users to the school website that you have designed with big fat pictures of the different apps. Nobody has to know what the address really is and you have a nice central point with all your apps layed out how you need it.
OK I got it. Office365 isn't a full office application, it's just a baby one that supplements MSOffice, like the google one does. I was hoping for something really good as they took so long releasing it to education.
unfortunately we still needed to pay for a few office licenses because A level ICT exam board uses Access files.
I seem to be hearing quite a lot of things that Office 365 doesn't do now, I was quite excited this morning and nearly signed us up.
I don't think I'd want to jump ship to a relatively new product that is so far behind Google which has seen years of development in web based collaborative apps.
I'll probably sign up for a test site and check it out though.
One of the other things to note is that when we are talking about what is available in comparison with Google Apps for Education then you have to remember that a fair few of the google apps are not part of the bundle, are not subject to the SLAs and are subject to change with no notice. That has been a problem for some people *including* some Google advocates / trainers.
The big bonuses for me ... availability of the web apps of Word/Excel/Powerpoint/OneNote (and OneNote probably gets the biggest thumbs up!) which don't mess up my files, the inclusion of Lync and SharePointOnline (though I still want to call it SharePointLite to be honest ... I need to get to grips with it to fully see what is missing from a fully featured install ... but I don't think I'll wait until the next SharePoint Saturday).
Most of what is available is a direct comparison with the offerings from Google Apps for Education. Both sides have some bits which are better than the opposition and some which are not as good.
I prefer the management of Office365 for email / calendar / etc, Google Sites and Groups are a bit better to manage that trying to create a website or have group discussions in SharePointOnline ... but SharePointOnline is more powerful when it comes to managing information, business processes, etc.
Some of it will be about personal preference about how much you want certain tools to work ... most of the functionality and how you make the most of it can be translated between the services anyway if you have teachers with some sense (and there are plenty out there in spite of what some may experience ... but still not enough though).
The other personal thing is about the relationship and support ... I have always found it easier to work with and share with the MS education team than with Google. There are a number of teachers who have been on Google training, MS Partners in Learning or are Apple Distinguished Educators ... (still haven't found anyone with all 3 yet) and most can make use of any tool provided, though some evangelise about particular ecosystems more than others.
Think Grumbldook is on the right lines which is one reason I needed to set up 365 without it taking over our domain / email. I would like to pick the best parts from both and merge the two together.
Can anyone get their hands on the document that outlines the SSO of Office 365 with Shibboleth? I have to get it through a partner and we haven't got one.
JUst want to read what's going on and show the LEA>
Just seen this on the 365 website. Are they taking the P***. So they tested all the 365 apps (docs, calendar) against gmail. Hmmm that's fair.“The university selected Office 365 over Google Apps because it gives us a robust enterprise-class platform for developing a radical new approach to collaboration and communication that goes far beyond email”
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