Every good business needs a quality productivity platform. It doesn’t matter if you’re a marketing agency, local restaurant, or law firm — you’ll need to create a document, spreadsheet, or slide deck at some point.
And when that time comes, you’ll find yourself debating, justifying, and questioning the differences between multiple productivity platforms. Which one is better? Which one works for your company? And which one will deliver the biggest bang for your buck?
Typically, this debate boils down to two major platforms — Google Apps and Office 365.
Now, there’s no sense in being objective. Here at 3Points, we fully believe that Office 365 is the superior choice for businesses, and there are two major reasons why.
Apples to apples or flavor to flavor?
If you’re going to compare apples to apples, then Google Apps and Office 365 are very similar. They offer a lot of the same tools, with a lot of the same features, in a lot of the same ways.
But … if you’re going to compare the flavor of these apples, things suddenly stop being so similar.
Sure, both platforms offer tools that seem to be headed down the same path. But … if you take a deeper look, you’ll start to notice that these tools differ in big ways.
Consider OneNote and Google Keep.
OneNote is Office 365’s note-taking tool, and Keep is Google’s. The functionality and depth of OneNote go much, much, much further than Keep.
For starters, OneNote is fully integrated with the other tools offered by Office 365; it allows for customization and operates much like a real notebook.
Keep, on the other hand, is extremely limited. Customization begins and ends with colors; it only slightly integrates with other Google tools, and it’s basically a glorified list-building app.
The same can be said about Google Docs and Word. Docs is only slightly integrated and very limited in functionality, but with Word, the features and benefits are pretty much limitless.
But everyone’s doing it …
In some cases, you need to stand out. It’s important to be creative and to do things differently than other businesses.
However, your productivity platform typically isn’t one of those cases where you need to stand out. At this point, you simply need something that works and works well.
On top of this, you also need something that allows for simple collaboration. Now, this goes above and beyond actual collaboration tools (which both platforms offer). It also means you need something that the majority of parties understand, already have, and can easily work with.
Office 365 is currently that platform.
Imagine if you’re using Google Docs internally, but you routinely have to share documents with external parties. If these parties are using Office 365 (which is a very real possibility), then you’ll most likely have to transfer your Google Docs to Word docs.
While this might not seem like such a big deal, it can be. Sure, it’s time-consuming and annoying. But the real problem is the potential for mistakes — there’s always the chance that something can be messed up when it’s transitioning from one platform to the other.
The business benefits of Office 365 don’t stop there, though. Take a look at the 3 reasons Microsoft Teams is the collaborative workspace you need.