Microsoft OneDrive v Google Drive
Your business is like a snowflake. No matter the product or service, each operate a little differently, even within the same industry.
In the age of exponentially increasing technology, there is no longer a one-size fits all solution to manage your tasks.
Let’s start with the basics. The two most common platforms that businesses use are Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive. Most people are familiar with Microsoft Office, but both have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to performing daily work tasks.
It’s not a matter of which platform is better, but rather, which platform best suits the needs of your business.
Let’s review the features, versatility and cost of these two platforms to see which is best fit for your business.
Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive offer many of the same features. Both have their own versions of a word-processor, presentation platforms, and spreadsheets. Most likely, you are more familiar with Office, simply because it has been around much longer. Technically speaking, Microsoft Office Suite has more advanced features that have been fine-tuned over the last 30 years.
This can be a bit overwhelming for some because of the sheer number of different functions this suite has to offer. If you like simplicity and don’t require anything more than typing or putting pictures into presentations, then Google Drive might be the best option. On the other hand, if you have an extensive knowledge of each of the features Microsoft Office has to offer, chance are you will find Google Drive to be a bit of a disappointment and should stick with Microsoft Office.
The entire purpose of creating Google Drive was to promote collaboration between users. Since it resides online, people are able to share and edit files with each other in real time. Also, Google Drive uses cloud sharing to store data, making it accessible anywhere with an internet connection. This helps facilitate cross-platform use, so both Mac and PC users can edit the same document while using the same formatting and interface.
Microsoft Office Suite does have this capability as well, but it is not nearly as seamless or developed. Many users find it confusing and difficult to access these online-sharing features. So if your business relies heavily on team collaboration, or uses different operating systems, Google Drive would be best accommodate this need.
Google Drive is free for any Google user and the only thing you might pay for is additional cloud storage or $5 a month for the “Business” version of the application. Microsoft Office 365, on the other hand, costs $149.99 per computer it’s installed on and the additional online sharing features cost another $6.99 a month.
If your company is just starting up or rely on basic word-processing features, Google Drive would be the best fit. It frees up your budget to purchase other applications that your business can benefit from. When it comes to advanced features or if your budget can handle it, you should stick with Microsoft Office, just make sure you get out of it what you put into it.
All in all, both processing platforms have their perks and are used for a variety of reasons. Microsoft Office Suite have been a standard component for the American business for many years. But if you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to collaborate and share your documents with your team, you might find that all you need is Google Drive.