Google Apps vs. Office 365 Cloud Comparison: Radicati Weighs In

Brian Taylor

March 7, 2012

2 Min Read
Google Apps vs. Office 365 Cloud Comparison: Radicati Weighs In

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When it comes to Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office 365, plenty of cloud partners and customers are looking for comparison information between the two cloud computing platforms. Now, The Radicati Group is weighing in with long-term analysis.

A new Radicati report, called “Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office 365 – An Analyst Evaluation and Comparison, 2012-2016,” provides an analysis and comparison of the productivity suite applications of Google Apps and MS Office 365 for customers, vendors and investors.

The report, available on the Radicati website, details the user installed base for each office suite, statistics by version and region, and a market forecast for 2012-2106.

Research for the report came from vendor information, in-house product reviews, and customer surveys. Both office suites offer numerous features; Radicati however focused its comparison on the functions of 10 major categories:

  • Cloud Infrastructure

  • Migration and Customer Support

  • Administration

  • Accessibility

  • Communication Services

  • Content Services

  • Security

  • Mobile Services

  • Pricing

  • Third-Party Support

Findings in the report include:

  • Cloud-based office suites are all-in-one business solutions that include tools for communication, collaboration and document handling

  • They are increasingly replacing the traditional desktop PC due to such factors as reduced costs, and better accessibility and resiliency

  • The leading factor in the rise of Cloud-based suites is reduced costs, typically running $80-$300 per user each year, compared to $500-$1500 for on-site IT costs

  • Radicati predicts that revenue for the Cloud-based productivity suite market will increase more than 350% by 2016, up to $5.9 billion.

For more information on the Google Apps vs. Office 365 report, visit The Radicati Group company site.

Side note: We’re not sure if the report covers channel partner program considerations. For instance, many partners are trying to determine how Google and Microsoft differ in such areas as cloud partner program partner margins, end-customer billing scenarios, pricing and more.

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