Office Productivity Suites: Microsoft 365 vs. Google Workspace

Microsoft and Google are the two biggest players in SaaS office productivity. Both companies have recently changed the names of their office productivity suites, but the core of each service has remained intact with a broad set of capabilities. We compare the business-level offerings from both companies.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

December 10, 2020

1 Min Read
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Software as a service (SaaS) is delivering significant productivity and collaboration capabilities to businesses across the globe. One category, office productivity suites, offers email, cloud storage, online meetings and associated services to help companies maximize productivity across the entire business structure.

Microsoft and Google are atop the list of companies in the office productivity space. Microsoft 365, formerly known as Office 365, and Google Workspace, formerly known as G Suite, offer similar functionality through familiar tools, with slight variations in pricing, number of users and cloud storage capacity. Both companies offer multiple tiers of service.

The biggest differentiations between the two office productivity suites occur at the mid- and upper-level tiers, with more dynamic management and flexibility across desktop, laptop and mobile devices; significant differences in cloud storage allowances; and tools for information protection, security enhancements and compliance.

Here we present side-by-side comparisons of the three business suite tiers that are available from each company.


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Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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