Maximizing Collaboration and Productivity: Microsoft 365 vs Google Workspace

Cloud-based collaboration, communication, and productivity tools are coelescing around two platforms: Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace. In this article we compare them and break down their features, pricing, user experience, and security, to help you make an informed decision on which suite best fits your needs.

Microsoft 365, formerly known as Office 365, is Microsoft’s flagship productivity suite, offering a comprehensive range of applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and Teams, among others. It’s designed for deep functionality and integration with the Windows operating system, making it a go-to for businesses needing advanced tools for document creation, data analysis, and communication.

Google Workspace, encompasses a variety of productivity and collaboration tools such as Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, and Meet. Known for its simplicity, cloud-native approach, and collaboration-first features, Google Workspace has become popular among startups, educational institutions, and businesses looking for easy-to-use, efficient alternative.

Features and Capabilities

Microsoft 365 offers advanced features and capabilities, especially in Excel and PowerPoint, offering unparalleled depth in data analysis, presentation customization, and document creation. Microsoft Teams, its communication platform, provides robust features for chat, video conferencing, and team collaboration integrated with other Microsoft apps.

Google Workspace, on the other hand, emphasizes real-time collaboration and simplicity. Its tools like Docs, Sheets, and Slides may not match the depth of Microsoft’s offerings but excel in user-friendly interfaces and ease of use. Google Meet and Chat, similar to Teams, offer solid options for communication and collaboration with the added benefit of seamless integration with other Google services.


Both suites offer a range of pricing plans tailored to different needs, from individual users to large enterprises. Microsoft 365 offers plans that can include desktop app versions of its software, additional security features, and more storage, which can be a deciding factor for businesses needing those applications offline or who require enhanced security measures.

Google Workspace tends to be slightly cheaper at the entry-level, focusing more on providing a streamlined selection of features that cater to businesses prioritizing ease of use and cloud-based operations. However, pricing can become comparable at higher tiers, especially when businesses require advanced security and management features.

User Experience

The user experience often boils down to personal or organizational preference. Microsoft 365 users benefit from a deeply integrated experience, especially in a Windows environment, with extensive customization options and features. Its complexity, however, can be a drawback for those seeking simplicity.

Google Workspace offers a more straightforward, user-friendly experience, focusing on simplicity and speed. Its real-time collaboration features are intuitive, making it ideal for teams prioritizing fast, efficient teamwork over complex functionality.


Both suites take security seriously, offering robust protections to keep data safe. Microsoft 365 provides advanced security features, compliance standards, and data loss prevention across its products, appealing to businesses with strict regulatory requirements.

Google Workspace also offers strong security features, including two-factor authentication, encryption in transit and at rest, and custom security protocols. Google’s infrastructure is renowned for its reliability and security, making it a trustworthy option for businesses of all sizes.

 Side-By-Side Comparison


  Microsoft 365 Google Workspace
Collaboration Advanced collaboration and file management utilizing SharePoint/OneDrive and Teams, allowing sharing, and editing across your business and external users.  Change Tracking, co-authoring, and live presentations Real-time collaboration with in-app chat

50GB Mailbox

1TB of cloud storage

30GB Gmail

100GB Drive per User

1TB Cloud storage

Applications Microsoft offers client, web, and mobile apps.  These include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, Access, Publisher, Teams, Booking, Tasks, Azure, Intune, and Project. Google uses web-based applications including Docs, Sheets, Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Chat, Slides, Forms, and Sites.  These apps are easy to use but not as feature rich as Microsoft applications
Security Customizable Multi-factor Authentication, email encryption, advanced threat protection for email and endpoints.  Advanced compliance management controls Two-factor authentication with limited customization
Pricing Plans start at $6/per user/month Plans start at $6/per user/month


Pros and Cons: Microsoft 365


  • Advanced security and compliance controls
  • Extensive list of desktop, web, and mobile applications
  • MS Office app integration for seamless collaboration across multiple tools
  • 3rd Part app integrations


  • Pricing – Although both platforms offer pricing starting at $6, Microsoft pricing tends to be higher overall
  • Web applications are not as feature rich as the desktop versions

Pros and Cons: Google Workspace


  • Easy to use applications
  • Lots of add-on and integrations for the suites capabilities
  • Real time document editing
  • User friendly interface
  • Pricing


  • Missing advanced application features, which can make it difficult when working on Microsoft documents
  • Limitations on security and compliance controls

 Microsoft 365 Migration

We offer a variety of migration types to migrate to Microsoft 365.

Cutover Migration

A cutover migration involves moving all mailboxes and data to Microsoft 365 at the same time.  Everything is synced from your current environment ahead of time.  At the time of cutover, all features are switched from your existing environment to Microsoft 365 at once.  This is typically used for businesses with lower mailbox count and/or smaller amounts of data.

 Staged Migration

A staged migration allows mailboxes and data to be moved in batches.  Both your existing environment and Microsoft 365 will be utilized at the same time.  Batched of mailboxes are moved in stages, until all mailboxes and data have been successfully transitioned to Microsoft 365. This migration is useful for organizations with higher mailbox counts, large amounts of data, or special integrations.

 Hybrid Migration

A hybrid migration connects your on-premises and cloud environments to work in tandem.  Mailboxes and data can be moved to Microsoft 365 at any time.  This migration is useful for companies looking to move to the cloud but still needs the on-prem environment for specific integrations or policies.


Q:  What is the user impact during a migration?

A:  When a user’s mailbox is successfully migrated to M365, they will need to re-authenticate their mailbox.  If they’re using Outlook, they would re-add the mailbox which would then point to M365.  If they use the web mail, they will navigate to

Q:  Can users use their on-prem Active Directory credentials for Microsoft 365?

A:  Yes.  Entra Connect (formally Azure AD Connect) can be setup to sync on-prem AD accounts to Microsoft 365, allowing users to use Single Sign-On.

 Q:  Can File Shares be migrated to Microsoft 365?

A:  Yes, file shares are migrated to SharePoint and shared to users through SharePoint and OneDrive.

Choosing between Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace ultimately depends on your specific needs, preferences, and budget. If your business requires the depth and breadth of features found in Microsoft’s suite, especially in a Windows-centric environment, Microsoft 365 might be the better choice. Conversely, if you value simplicity, ease of use, and efficient collaboration, Google Workspace could serve your needs more effectively.

Both suites offer trial periods, so experimenting with each to see which best fits your workflow is a practical approach. Regardless of your choice, both Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace are powerful tools that can significantly enhance productivity and collaboration within your team or organization

Contact us if you have any questions or if you’d like to learn more about how to leverage the cloud for your business.