Author: Mitchel Forney

G Suite vs Office 365 part 3
Continuing with our theme, Google Drive contains fewer advanced features than Microsoft’s products. However, most people would not need those features. Sharepoint exemplifies this scenario perfectly.

 

This review will differ from Part 1 and Part 2, for a couple reasons:

 

  • Cloud storage comes with more security concerns than the other products we have discussed. We cover that.

 

  • These product’s respective histories help us understand their functions, so we explore their origins briefly.

 

TL;DR G Drive is a personal file storage and sharing tool that’s been adding more enterprise features like Team Drive. Sharepoint is a much more complex tool built for organizations that can require a lot of management. G Drive currently has little in common with Sharepoint; instead, Google’s features completely overlap with OneDrive for Business.

 

Bonus helpful comparison table: See this nice table from UW-Madison that puts features side-by-side. Despite what UW’s table implies, Google Drive is HIPAA compliant.

G Suite vs Office 365 Part 2

A longtime Office user will view Google Docs as a cheap imitation of Office. At least at first.

 

In reality, Google products get the job done. You may need to search for how to do things in Docs, such as “how to adjust vertical alignment in a table.” But if you know how to do something in Office, there’s a good chance G Suite will do it too.

 

TL;DR Like you may have read in Part 1, I keep Office installed but now very rarely use it. That’s because the things Office does better are not deal-breakers for most tasks. I think the main exception is Excel, because Sheets does not have the same breadth of functions or processing power.

 

Note: Stay tuned for Part 3, where we’ll cover Google Drive vs. OneDrive and Sharepoint, as well as my final thoughts.

Alpin DLP Tools

Have you had reservations about your cloud storage provider? Alpin offers paying users Data Loss Prevention (DLP) tools with popular online file storage providers such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, and Dropbox.

How Cloud Storage App Extensions for DLP Work

 

 

Users grant Alpin additional permissions to read metadata about files and folders in an enterprise cloud storage account. Alpin cannot read document contents, nor can Alpin modify any information, because we do not ask for permission to do so.

Alpin parses the metadata about all files and folders, showing you which are publicly shared. Alpin looks for public share links, and for files discoverable by search engines.

O365 vs G Suite

“Google Sheets is worthless!”

 

That’s a phrase I’ve used less and less over the last 6 months. But I still say it from time to time. That’s basically the TL;DR of this post.

 

Still interested? Read on.

 

Many articles cover the broad strokes of G Suite and Office; here, we cover some nitty-gritty details and preferences from me.

 

Note: Part 1 covers my background, my view overall of G Suite vs Office 365, Gmail vs Outlook, and SSO. In Part 2 we cover Sheets vs Excel, Docs vs Word, and Powerpoint vs Slides. In Part 3, we’ll cover Google Drive vs. OneDrive and Sharepoint, as well as my final thoughts.