Search giant lists interoperability with multiple operating systems as one of the advantages over Microsoft’s web-based solution.
Microsoft is all set to head into the fiercely competed online productivity suite market with the release of Office 365 today. Taking the opportunity, Google, whose Google Apps suite Microsoft will be competing against, has listed approx 365 reasons (not really) why its online suite is better than the one provided by the Redmondians.
In his blog post, Google Apps project manager Shan Shina said that, for one, Apps allows “work with multiple people in the same document”, and that users do not have to worry over compatibility as it is “Designed to work well on any device, on any operating system.” Shina also called out on Microsoft’s pricing tiers for its web-based solution which has 11 different plans, three editions and two tiers, whereas Google Apps has just one at $5/month with “no commitment”.
Shina also claimed superiority over his product, saying that Microsoft Office 365 is largely a desktop-born product, whereas Google Apps was made for the web.
“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,” he said.
Microsoft will be launching its Office 365 suite later today at a press event in New York City.