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Cloud Wars: Is Google Docs or Office 365 Better for SMBs?

Cloud Wars: Is Google Docs or Office 365 Better for SMBs?
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Inch by inch, Cloud platforms are moving in to dominate the business productivity space.

William Van Winkle

William Van Winkle has been a full-time tech writer and author since 1998. He specializes in a wide range of coverage areas, including unified communications, virtualization, Cloud Computing, storage solutions and more. William lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with his wife and 2.4 kids, and—when not scrambling to meet article deadlines—he enjoys reading, travel, and writing fiction.

The battle lines are drawn for Cloud-based office productivity. Will it be Microsoft or Google?

There are many reasons to love local apps that run from in-house systems. The trend looks increasingly clear, however. Inch by inch, Cloud platforms are moving in to dominate the business productivity space.

Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365, the two largest Cloud productivity rivals, each has a lot to offer. They also come with a lot of caveats in terms of usefulness under certain situations and support issues for the IT professional tasked with making sure their business IT infrastructure (outsourced or otherwise) runs smoothly. In short, the wrong choice could make or break a small/medium business’s ability to get work done in a timely fashion.

We evaluate these two competitors according to three key factors—pricing and features, collaboration and mobility—to help you decide which, if either, is the appropriate option for you and your business.