Microsoft is getting a lot of attention today over their Office 365 product launch, which will actually be part of a release party in New York City.
The Office 365 product is basically Microsoft’s attempt to bring their production suite of software, a.k.a. Microsoft Office, to the web (or the cloud as they would call it).
However, in typical Microsoft fashion, they’ve complicated the entire process by offering multiple product packages to chose from, long lists of features that are either turned on, or turned off depending on what you’re purchasing, etc…
However, Google was very quick to respond to the Office 365 announcement yesterday by releasing a blog post titled 365 Reasons to Consider Google Apps. The list of comparisons and differences is extensive, but below are a couple of key points made in the post:
“Technology inevitably gets more complicated as it gets older,” Sinha’s blog post reads. “Upgrading platforms and adding features results in systems that are increasingly difficult to manage and complex to use. At times like these, it’s worth considering a clean slate: an approach based on entirely modern technologies, designed for today’s world.”
Simple & Affordable
Office 365 is 11 different plans, three editions and two tiers. Apps is $5/month with no commitment.
Office 365 is built for Microsoft. Apps is built for choice.
Designed for Teams
Office 365 is for individuals. Apps is for teams.
Pure & Proven Cloud
Office 365 is about the desktop. Apps is about the web.
Google is clearly not going to sit back and let Microsoft make a big deal about Office 365. And the only thing I’m wondering, and would love to ask someone like Steve Ballmer, is what do you think about Google’s response to Office 365? And do you have a response for Google?