Office 365 vs Google Apps

Ci-après un échange de point de vue tiré du Web, pour un usage en établissement scolaire, avec des éléments intéressant :

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Allen_Falcon Nov 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM
Cumulus Global is a Spiceworks Partner.

For K-12 schools, the difference is in how the schools plan to integrate the capabilities of Google Apps in curriculum and lesson planning, and how they plan to leverage the collaboration tools to improve the learning process and student/teacher interactions.

There are also some economic considerations for schools and families.

Google in Education:

  • Google Apps provides email, chat, voice/video collaboration, and file storage and sharing services. Google sites require no html knowledge and security is easily managed at user, group, and org/sub-org levels within the system. Templates are one-click resources.
  • The collaboration features in Google Docs make paperless homework a reality, as it is easier for teachers to provide comments and feedback for works in progress as well as final versions of work.
  • Google Apps for Education is free, and you don't need locally installed software to use all of the features.
  • Collaboration between students can be monitored
  • Google Apps has the same user experience across end user devices, which is not the case for other systems, making it easier for teachers to assist students and reducing burdens on tech staff.
  • Support a user on Google Apps requires 20-25% of the effort of a Windows/Office user. The burden of monthly updates, patches, software distribution, image management, etc. are greatly reduced or eliminated.
  • Schools with diverse socioeconomic groups face challenges with students/families that cannot afford hardware to support recent versions of software;
  • Chromebooks are between 1/5 and 1/3 the cost of a traditional educational laptop, and don't require 3rd party malware protection. They come with integrated device and user management. The cost to administer Chromebooks is 1/5 the cost of traditional laptops (PCs or MACs).

Some points of comparison

  • The free version of Office 365 for Education does NOT include skydrive, file sharing is Sharepoint. If you want/need Skydrive, you need to use personal skydrive accounts, which creates problems related to FERPA compliance. Schools migrating from Live@EDU lose the skydrive service. (From:
  • Not all features/functions are available in the free EDU version of Office 365, you need to pay for an "Academic Plan" for full capabilities. Google Apps gives you everything ... you can decide to enable/disable services for various populations of students.
  • Real-time collaboration is limited to voice/video conferencing with app sharing; you cannot collaborate within a document in real-time; in GAFE students and teachers can collaborate in real-time as well as in managed threads, with full revision history and management.
  • Lync requires desktop software and specific OS revisions, creating deployment challenges for schools that do not have full 1:1 programs; and software distribution/maintenance work for schools that do.
  • Access to sharepoint sites requires a domain login, creating additional demand for IT resources if schools want to share classroom sites/work with parents; Google Apps enables sharing, which can be centrally managed, with users outside the domain -- no special account is needed.

These are some of the key issues we hear from K-12 schools in the process of evaluating options. Not every school we work with goes with Google Apps (about 10% go with Office365, an in-house server, or another service).

Sosipater Nov 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

(Disclosure: I do not resell or gain anything through anyone using Office 365. I'm merely an admin)

You do have some good points, but a few of them seem a little misleading. I've replaced the bullet with a number to make referencing easier, but I haven't changed anything else.

1. I've not seen a difference in Office365 across devices. Do you have examples where it is different on a per platform level?

2. The burden of patching and supporting refers to Windows, not Office365. This doesn't seem like a valid comparison unless you were advocating for a school to eliminate all of their existing Windows infrastructure. This would be a sunk cost and is not a "win" for GA.

3. You are correct, but with the exception of external access to data, SharePoint is better than SkyDrive and allows greater control and has more features. It does take some work get it set up, but once it is, there really isn't a tool that compares to SharePoint in its breadth and power except for one open source tool whose name is escaping me. On a student to student level GAFE is better, but in an organization to students or teacher to class I would have to give that to SharePoint, particularly with privacy and control in mind.

4. The only features that are missing from the free version of Office 365 for Education is Office 2010 Pro (soon to be Office 2013) and enterprise voice. Google Apps doesn't even offer an equivalent service. Google Voice is there, but it isn't a PBX replacement system like Lync Online. GAFE doesn't have an offline version at all which is the equivalent of Office 2010 in this case.

5. You can collaborate in real time using both Lync and SharePoint. SharePoint has versioning.


Office 365 et Google Apps : pourquoi ne sont-elles pas encore matures ?      (17 avril 2013) 
(un article un peu ancien !  les info ne sont peut-être plus d'actualité mais cela donne une bonne grille de lecture et les bons critères de comparaison)

Extrait :
Une chose est sûre, chez Google, pas besoin d'être sorti de Saint-Cyr pour comprendre l'offre proposée et la grille tarifaire. Les Google Apps pour les entreprises, de la plus petite à la plus grande, existent en une seule et unique version : Google Apps for Business. 
Cela n'est pas le cas pour Microsoft qui a pris le parti de diviser son offre Office 365 en plusieurs versions :
. plusieurs catégorie de clients : TPE et PME,  grandes entreprises. 
. plusieurs options de produits (E1, E2, E3 et E4) suivant les modules choisis (Office Professionnel Plus, SharePoint Online...). 

Le tableau suivant est à lire avec de grande réserve parce qu'il est erroné. Mais cela donne la tendance
Le tableau de synthèse du match Google Apps Vs Office 365
Google AppsOffice 365 PMEOffice 365 Grands Comptes
Source : JDN Solutions - Janvier 2012
Messagerie et messagerie instantanée+++++++++
Calendriers / contacts+++++++++
Tableur et présentations+++++++++
Partage de documents avec co-création+++++++++
Partage et montage de vidéos+++++
Création de sites Web+++++++++
Intégration réseau social maison+++
Taille de la messagerie et de l'espace de stockage de documents++++++++
Archivage légal sur 10 ans+++++
Provisionning/deprovisionning de comptes+++++++++
Définition des permissions+++++++++
Interfaçage avec console de gestion tierce+++++++++
Force de l'intégration++++++
API authentification+++++++++
Chiffrement à la volée des données+++++++++
Sécurisation datacenters+++++++
Accès depuis les smartphones / tablettes+++++++++
Lecture / écriture en mobilité+++++++++
Mode déconnecté++++++++
Taux de disponibilité+++++++
Versement de pénalités++++++++
Durée d'engagement++++++
Nombre de jours requis pour le paramétrage++++++++
Support mail et tél+++++++
Lisibilité de l'offre++++++++
Simplicité de la tarification++++++++