Google takes pot shots at Microsoft's Office 365

Microsoft plans to officially launch its cloud-based Office 365 software suite on Tuesday but one of its main rivals decided today to launch a bit of a preemptive strike against the software's launch. In a post on Google's official blog site, the company's Apps Project Manager

work with multiple people in the same document." Also while Office 365 is based around PCs with the Windows operating system, Google Apps "are designed to work well on any device, on any operating system." Office 365 also will have multiple versions with various price points while Google Apps have just one edition and one price; $5 per user. Ultimately Sinha states, "You can't just take legacy, desktop software, move some of it to a data center and call it 'cloud.' Apps was born for the web and we've been serving hundreds of millions of users for years."

Microsoft is scheduled to hold a press event in New York City on Tuesday morning to officially launch Office 365. The specific location for the press event will be the Skylight Soho which is also the same location that Microsoft used a few years ago to officially launch Windows 7. Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer will be in attendance.

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lordcanti86 said,
What did people expect Google to say? "Hey, Office 365 is great! You should totally use it over our stuff!"?

Or they could choose not to acknowledge them publicly. Or not directly attack them.

Hands down Google, the "collaboration" we managed to achieve using your buggy, slow and problematic Apps is not something I would EVER want the pleasure of enduring again.

I wouldn't care what the price is, I just want to do my work with my team and get it done...something Google Apps could not facilitate.

Alansonit said,
Hands down Google, the "collaboration" we managed to achieve using your buggy, slow and problematic Apps is not something I would EVER want the pleasure of enduring again.

I wouldn't care what the price is, I just want to do my work with my team and get it done...something Google Apps could not facilitate.

I had the same experience. Microsoft is much farther along in that respect.

Enron said,

I had the same experience. Microsoft is much farther along in that respect.

I beg to differ. Google apps collaboration is fast, sleek, and provides real time collaboration for the users at the business I work at.
Being able to work on a document or spreadsheet and be able to see what the other person is editing is fantastic and something that we couldn't live with out.

However, when we tried Microsoft's offering documents being worked on by multiple people at the same time were having problems, it was slow and clunky.
Despite those downsides it seemed to be more compatible in terms of formatting and such. Hence it seemed to work better for our users who a little more hardcore when it comes to excel and word.

Enron said,

I had the same experience. Microsoft is much farther along in that respect.

Agreed.

In fact, did anyone that was busy slamming Office365 actully try the beta?

I did - and not because I needed to evaluate it for my own use I took the beta for a drive because a lot of small-businesses (especially locally) either have (or are considering) Comcast Business Class (which will shift to Office365 over the coming six months). And while you *can* use Office WebApps with it, you can easily use Office 2007 or later (if you already have it). While the Office365 beta was tested using Microsoft Online Services, it's not just a service that Microsoft itself will be hosting, any more than Azure is. There will be third-party MSPs offering Office365 (and Azure as well), just as there are MSPs and ASPs offering Exchange hosting today.

Finally, I *still* get more requests to save documents as PDF as opposd to ODF - both of which Word exports without a quibble. (And I came to Word, and from WordPerfect no less, because Word had better compatiility with WordPerfect document formats than WordPerfect itself did - and kicked butt in terms of performance besides. And this was WordPerfect for Windows vs. Word for Windows.)

Google apps is great. Much. much better. I use it at work to collaborate and it is much easier. Though I am not a big fan of Microsoft online. They are just all over the place with no clear direction.

Boyd Petersen said,
Google apps is great. Much. much better. I use it at work to collaborate and it is much easier. Though I am not a big fan of Microsoft online. They are just all over the place with no clear direction.
How about trying the product before bashing it?

Different strokes for different folks. Let's not debate on open source vs closed source. We are talking feature for feature dollar for dollar.

MS wins hands down for compatibility and features. You can give me something for free but if free comes at the cost of features then it does cost me something in the end.

My cousin who works for a large college did evaluate Google Apps/Docs and did not find them compelling enough to make the switch and have also evaluated Office 365 along with the other free offerings MS has been providing to Colleges and college students. I think they will most likely choose Office 365.

I am closed minded where I only pick MS products. I am considered a "Power Office" user so I guess in that sense I am biased. Just like there are many good offerings for PDF software I still choose Acrobat X Pro. More money and it does what I want it to do and I have been familiar with it since 6.0.

Many People dont seem to know what Office 365 really is, it is not just Office.
- Exchange 2010 Online (Enterprise Class features, Global Rules and Filtering, MailTips, Legal Hold, Device Policies, Groups etc,etc,etc)
- Lync 2010 Online (OCS) - Conferencing etc.. (Policy controllable)
- SharePoint 2010 Online - Blogs, Document Storage, WebBuilder etc...
- Office Professional Plus 2010 - By Subscription (On some plans)
The Major difference between Office 365 and other offerings is that it supports the best abilities of the platform you are using at any one time by combining the Cloud with real local software and caching, So when I'm on a plane with my laptop I can still work on documents and email and they just synchronise when I reconnect. No thinking involved, It blurs the difference between on-premise (local) infrastructure and Cloud. If I'm using Firefox in a webcafe I can access and edit my documents in the browser, If I'm using my personal PC, I can use the rich features of Office locally installed.

DukeWars said,
Many People dont seem to know what Office 365 really is, it is not just Office.
- Exchange 2010 Online (Enterprise Class features, Global Rules and Filtering, MailTips, Legal Hold, Device Policies, Groups etc,etc,etc)
- Lync 2010 Online (OCS) - Conferencing etc.. (Policy controllable)
- SharePoint 2010 Online - Blogs, Document Storage, WebBuilder etc...
- Office Professional Plus 2010 - By Subscription (On some plans)
The Major difference between Office 365 and other offerings is that it supports the best abilities of the platform you are using at any one time by combining the Cloud with real local software and caching, So when I'm on a plane with my laptop I can still work on documents and email and they just synchronise when I reconnect. No thinking involved, It blurs the difference between on-premise (local) infrastructure and Cloud. If I'm using Firefox in a webcafe I can access and edit my documents in the browser, If I'm using my personal PC, I can use the rich features of Office locally installed.

Exactly.

While I was testing it, I used it with the (x64) version of Office 2010 Professional Plus I *already had*. That, in and of itself, is a major game-changer; if you have any recent version of Office, you can use it (In short, you throw nothing away you have already.) Can Google Apps say that?

Being able to use the MS Office I've grown to know and love over all these years and in every business I've ever worked for, still? but in the Cloud? Yeah, Google should take pot shots, and probably a couple of straight shots. This is gonna hurt bad.

I hate Google. Not because of their products or services. It is because of their fanbase. During my schooling my productivity was severely hampered because my classmates were all Google whores. I struggled for hours trying to edit documents on Google Docs and they still didn't look right.

KingCrimson said,
I predict Office 365 will do 10x better then Google Docs.

Easily. People know Word, Excel etc. Using Google Apps means people need to relearn where tools are etc. You also really can't beat Outlook sitting ontop of an Exchange environment. Microsoft software at its best!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Office 365 contains SharePoint 2010 as part of it, and SharePoint 2010 *does* allow multiple user document editing via Office 2010. Google probably needs to fact check, eh?

Funny to see how y'all are doing exactly what the Google guy wanted.. fighting over an electronic document host... pathetic!!!
Google Docs is great!! Office 365 is great!!... That's it.. Choose whatever the hell you want and stop this bickering bulls**** As an IT Manager in charge of 100s of PCs, I choose Office 365, because we already have investments in the full MS Platform. For those of you who don't, by all means choose Google Docs if you want to do so. My users know Word, Excel etc., so why the heck would I want them to learn a new program to enter the same type of info they're used to. Office 365 is a perfect fit for anyone who uses Office 2007 or higher... and no troll can argue against that!!!

As a SharePoint technical lead I have to admit, you have nothing to compete against this son. Now take out that annoying auto-seach or whatever from your search engine

I don't care - I don't trust any company to have the market to themselves. The only thing that saddens me is that this was an opportunity for Corel, and so far as I know they're doing nothing in this arena.

I don't care whose is better...I'm just glad that there is some more competition...It will force the other to keep improving. They are two large companies with a lot of money. It will be interesting to see what both Office's look like in a couple of years.
For me personally, I use Google Docs or Libreoffice at home, and Microsoft Office 2007 at work. I only use like 5% of the features anyways lol So the free alternatives are good enough. And my work gets copies of Office, so we use that there. If we need to share a document, then we use Google Docs.

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