SideXSide: Google Business Apps or Microsoft Office Web Apps

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 11-23-2010 Print


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In the first installment of our new "Side by Side" series, we're breaking down the basic features of Google’s Business Apps and Office Web Apps. Our goal: To give you a one-stop view of key features available in competing solutions.

For many companies, trying to choose an online productivity service from either Google or Microsoft can be a challenge. After all, Google Business Apps provides several products to get your employees working over the Web. But Microsoft's Office Web Apps, while in its infancy, makes for a simple solution to quickly produce Office documents, spreadsheets, or PowerPoint presentations.

Although there are several features that are similar between Google Business Apps and Office Web Apps, the solutions also have many differences. And determining your company's needs, and how they'll be met by one service or another, is paramount to making a strong decision on which product to go with. Realizing that, we've decided to break down the essential features that you'll want to consider in choosing either Google Business Apps or Microsoft's Office Web Apps for your enterprise. This side-by-side comparison gives you a one-stop overview of functionalities and is not meant as a critical review or endorsement of any company's products or services.

SideXSide: Google Business Apps or Microsoft Office Web Apps


Google Business Apps

Office Web Apps


$50 per user per year


Word, Excel, Powerpoint support?



E-mail support?



Online storage support?



Document Style handling


Fully Functional

Same functionality as local option?

Does not match Office local power

Does not match Office local power




Mobile editing?

Yes, through Google App

Yes, through several apps


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