Office 365 vs. Google Apps: The InfoWorld review
With Office 365 now available in final form, here's what you need to know to decide if Office 365 or Google Apps (or neither) is right for your organizationFollow @woodyleonhard
- Outlook Web Access (see Figure 3), which gives you nearly all of the features of the desktop version of Outlook. The current OWA's now accessible from any modern Web browser, on a PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. You can work on the Web and have everything synchronized back to your desktop. And vice versa.
- Support for voice calls, which handles inbound calls a lot like email. If someone calls and leaves you a message, you get a text transcript of the first part of the message sent to your phone via SMS.
- Calendars and contacts can be shared securely, and extended to other trusted companies. Office 365 handles full rights management (specifying read-only on certain documents, for example, using Rights Management Services), delivery status notifications, and the like.
- SharePoint file sharing, which lets multiple people collaborate on a single document simultaneously, in a rich, multilingual environment. SharePoint also offers a top-notch HTML editor, wiki-style markup, and centralized document management and administration through Team Sites.
- Lync offers VoIP phone calls, instant messaging, meeting support, and videoconferencing, both stand-alone and embedded inside the various Office apps.
Figure 3: Outlook Web Access may be the single most compelling reason for Outlook shops to move to Exchange Server and Office 365.
Of course, that hardly scratches the surface of all of the features in Exchange Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and Lync 2010. Microsoft offers a series of detailed service descriptions specifically for the Office 365 server components on its website.
Google Apps offers some comparable features, but in a different way, and it doesn't try to touch all of the Office 365 bases: