How does Office 365 compare to Google Apps? See how they work during a day in the life of a typical student and teacher to find out.
Remains confident that documents created in Microsoft Office will remain intact as they are distributed via OneDrive.
Able to make as many changes and suggestions as necessary from preferred browsers with no loss of file fidelity or document formatting when collaborating on Office documents.
Writes grammatically correct essays with the help of grammar check in Word.
Saves group presentation to review on school bus.
Risks losing the full file fidelity of Office documents as they get uploaded to Google Drive.
Faces confusion because of different experiences working with Office documents across different browsers.
Can’t correct grammar using Google Docs.
Faces limited browser choices when viewing and editing Google presentation without Internet.
Stays organized in school using OneNote.
Organizes information for all subjects in a single, digital notebook.
Solves equations with Word add-ins.
Accidentally deletes notes using Google Keep.
Cannot capture web pages or easily organize large projects.
Limited ability to solve equations in subjects such as math and chemistry using Google Apps.
Reviews audio & video he recorded in class directly to OneNote.
Uses “read mode” in Word to read text, add comments, define and translate words, copy or highlight text, and search on Bing.
Can easily merge different versions of a document with the document merge feature in Word.
Cannot record video with Google Keep.
Cannot optimize for reading experience of Google Docs.
Loses time manually merging documents.
Creates a team site with SharePoint.
Co-authors project documents with group members in real time, confident that document will retain all ideas.
Can chat and hold web-based conferences with any student, whether they have Lync or not.
Easily sees each student’s edits to a document with tracked changes.
Learns group members are having problems uploading to Google Sites.
Cannot work with fellow group members on Office documents in real-time to collate ideas from team members for later review.
Can only hold web-based conferences with students who have Google Hangouts.
Requires searching full revision history to trace each student’s input to the document.
Develops sophisticated school presentations using advanced design tools.
Easily performs powerful analyses using Microsoft Excel.
Confined by limited design tools.
Lacks basic analysis tools and encounters severe limits on spreadsheet size.
Analyzes complex data sets & presents results; drafts & formats reports, inserting photos, charts & graphics.
Recent IDC study provides insight into the skills students need for the top high-growth, high-wage occupations by 2020. Out of those skills, oral and written communication, detail orientation, and Microsoft Office proficiency top the list.
Sees weak workplace demand for Google skills.
Spends time learning Google tools to later learn they have been abandoned.
Updates lesson plans based on past school year content. Organizes images, audio & video with OneNote.
Finds colleagues with helpful expertise using Yammer.
Develops class website for students to access anytime.
Struggles with limited capabilities & requires Chrome browser to view Google Docs offline.
Must use Google+ to create private communities.
Frustrated by Google’s lack of innovation with Google Sites.
Engages students with animated, multimedia presentations. Continues to use innovative learning technologies like Office Mix to engage students.
Conducts online lessons with Lync Online & shares on classroom website.
Uses Google Hangouts for interactive online lessons, which supports a limited number of users and requires 3rd party apps for simple tasks like desktop sharing.
Uses Office documents to review students’ work.
Shares course material, manages student assignments, and grades individual and team work from a single location.
Blogs about best practices and exemplary work using SharePoint Online.
Uses both Google Docs and Office to continue to help students improve, but struggles with file fidelity issues as the documents are opened and edited in Google Docs.
Frustrated creating grading ledger with poor Google Sites editor.
Learns that Google Blogger has limited platform support.
Sees Microsoft has over twenty years’ commitment to accessibility
Trusts Microsoft with privacy & protection of users’ data.
Sees Google’s limited accessibility story with a focus on Chrome browser and limited to core apps.
Reads about Google’s ongoing privacy issues.
Sees that proficiency in Microsoft Office is a top requirement for high-growth, high-salary positions.
Sees weak workplace demand for Google Apps skills.
Learns how to integrate technology into the classroom.
Keeps up-to-date on Microsoft technologies to accommodate the 98 percent of students who use Microsoft Office as their productivity software
Learns Google expects teachers to deploy Google Apps to attain its certification.
Lacks the technology skills required when seeking to transfer to one of tens of thousands of education institutions that rely on Microsoft Office.
Office 365 is more than a collection of apps. It's a collaboration powerhouse.