G Suite or Office 365: what do they offer and how much?

Office 365 vs. G Suite: Both Microsoft and Google are trying to be the one-stop solution to online productivity software. Their respective subscriptions are Office 365 and G Suite and each suite includes the following features:

G Suite

  • Emails and shared calendar services on your own domains
  • Electronic storage with shared space for your partners located under the same domain and large storage capacity for each user account
  • Productivity applications for creating and collaborating on documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • Corporate communication tools, including messaging, online meetings and teleconferencing
  • A management environment with advanced features such as management and archiving for each corporate client, as well as security features including two-factor authentication

Both of these services are supported by a strong, highly reliable cloud infrastructure with data centers worldwide. The two companies of course dominate the market.

Despite the surface parity in features, the Office 365 and G Suite online services adopt distinctly different approaches to cloud architecture and application design.

Microsoft's approach is based on the blockbuster Office franchise and the accompanying desktop applications, which are available in Click-to-Run packages that update automatically. Back-end services such as Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online offer an easy change path for organizations ready to leave traditional software and go to the cloud. Employees can access these services using familiar Office programs such as Outlook, Word, and Excel, or they can use online alternatives.

On the contrary, Google's approach is the web-based tools that are the same as those you already know, namely: Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Sheets. When used with Google's Chrome browser, these applications support storing emails and documents offline.

Both services include online management consoles that are designed for medium-sized or larger businesses. These management tools, of course, may terrify smaller businesses without a computer department. For these scenarios, working with a reseller who has been certified as an Office 365 or G Suite specialist is usually the best choice.

Packages and prices

Google has three and only three packages for G Suite: Basic (6 dollars per user per month), Enterprise (12 dollars per user per month) and Enterprise (25 dollars per user per month).

Office 365, on the other hand, is available in three packages for small businesses (Business Essentials, Business and Business Premium), and four business packages for larger organizations. There are separate Office 365 packages for educational institutions, US government agencies, nonprofits, and an F1 plan for "front-line employees."

Monthly per user values ​​in Office 365 packages range from 4 to 35 dollars per user per month. And if none of these packages suits your needs, you can make your own package.

It is difficult to make comparisons between the two services, although there are some similarities. Most Office 365 programs cost more than their counterparts in G Suite due to the use of Office Office applications, a feature that adds approximately 8 dollars a month to subscription fee per user.

The business packet G Suite (G Suite Business) of 12 dollars per month, for example, fits most of the features of Office 365 Enterprise.

All G Suite packages feature

  • Gmail for business
  • Video and voice conferencing (Hangouts Meet)
  • Secure messaging (Hangouts Chat)
  • Shared calendar calendars
  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • At least 30GB in the cloud for each user (Google Drive)
  • Security and administrative controls

G Suite Business and Enterprise offer cloud, archiving and eDiscovery options. They also offer the ability to limit user access by geographic area, among other features.

Table 1: G Suite packages at a glance

PacketPrice per user per monthDescription
G Suite Basic$6Micro-enterprise is targeted. The package includes Gmail under your own domain along with Google's productivity applications through Cloud. Cloud capacity is limited to 30GB per user, and is shared between Drive and Gmail. The charge is monthly and you can add and remove the licenses (users) at any time.
G Suite Business$ 12This package adds enhanced security and management controls, along with archiving and eDiscovery capabilities. The personal storage space reaches 1TB per user, with unlimited storage on Drive for businesses with more than five subscribers. Team Drives allow groups of employees to share documents.
G Suite Enterprise$ 25For double-user money, you have enhanced security features such as S / MIME encryption and support for hardware-based security keys on your computers. In addition, organizations can lock shared files, scan emails and images for leakage detection.

All Office 365 packages feature

  • Exchange Online email hosting with maximum inbound size of 50 or 100GB
  • Web editions for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook applications
  • At least 1TB for storing files in OneDrive for business per user
  • SharePoint Online
  • HD teleconferencing
  • Skype Meeting Broadcast or Microsoft Teams live events
  • Secure Messaging (Microsoft Teams)
  • Security and administrative controls

The packages Business include the Basic Customer Customer Manager, and Microsoft Invoicing, Microsoft Bookings, and MileIQ software.

Enterprise Packages include Microsoft Planner, additional collaboration software (Yammer) and advanced features such as eDiscovery, email conservation policies, Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection, and free 150 and more support.

Table 2: Office 365 Packages at a Glance

PacketPrice per user per monthDescription
Office 365 Business Essentials$5Alternative to G Suite Basic. Email to your own domain, 1TB storage in OneDrive for business and web application versions for: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Including SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.
Office 365 Business$ 8.25It is addressed to smaller companies that use Microsoft Office but do not require Microsoft business email. It includes the complete Click-to-Run plus 1TB OneDrive storage per user program. It does not include support for SharePoint or Microsoft Teams.
Office 365 Business Premium$ 12.50Combine the two previous packages, with all the cloud features, and the latest Office programs. This release also includes tools such as Outlook Customer Manager and Microsoft Invoicing. All three business packages are limited to 300 users per company.
365 Office ProPlus$ 12Larger businesses (more than 300 users) can use this package to replace existing Office licenses for indefinite time with Office 365 applications. For organizations with more than five users, it includes unlimited storage space in OneDrive for Business.
Office 365 Enterprise E1$8The business package offers all common cloud services with one inbox on 50GB and 1TB storage in OneDrive for Business per user. It does not include desktop applications.
Office 365 Enterprise E3$ 20The package includes the same cloud services with E1 offering, with the addition of Office programs. The maximum inbox size is increased to 100GB per user, and OneDrive storage is unlimited. Administrators have eDiscovery.
Office 365 Enterprise E5$ 35The top package includes all E3 features and adds advanced features to eDiscovery, Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection, and Office 365 Cloud App Security applications. Supports unified communications packages on conventional telephone systems.


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