Office Web Apps, be ready for competition Google Docs

Online Word Editor? Presentations? Spreadsheets? You might have always turned to Google Docs. So now, Microsoft comes with its updated version of Office Web Apps which are considered to be equally good as Google Docs.

The Office Web Apps are accessible to the users from the SkyDrive account and to companies via Office 365 or SharePoint. The updated version is now supported by touch-screen, which was previously missing. When we have an overall view, Google Apps tend to offer more functionality and usability. On the other hand, Office Web Apps is gaining support, especially from the companies which are completely committed to the Microsoft Eco-system, since Microsoft makes it simple, to load apps from the desktop based Office Application.

Here are the areas where the difference arises:
  1. Price: Microsoft’s Office Web Apps is free for individual users. But, companies can sign-up for Office 365 plans, which start at $6 per user per month for up to 50 users, and include online email and shared calendars, in addition to the Office Web Apps. If your company is already using SharePoint, Web Apps require the purchase of an additional license. The basic version of Google Docs used to be free for everyone, including business users, but Google changed its pricing structure in December. It’s still free for individual users, and existing business users on the free plan. But new business users will need to pay $50 per user per year, or $120 per user per year.
  2. Storage:  Microsoft’s Office Web Apps is located on its SkyDrive platform, which currently comes with free 25 GB of storage, plus an unlimited amount of storage for the associated Hotmail or Outlook or Live e-mail account. Each additional 100 gigabytes of storage is $50 per year. Google Docs is located on the Google Drive platform, which currently comes with 5 free gigabytes of storage – in addition to the 10 gigabytes for the associated Gmail account and unlimited storage for Google Docs and shared documents. Each additional 100 gigabytes of storage is $60 per year.
  3. User Interface: Both the services offer a perfect user interface. The editing options, the simplistic and user friendly sharing and uploading options.
  4. Templates: Google Docs offer a good variety of templates which can be searched in the gallery. On the other hand, Microsoft makes it a bit complicated. You’ll have to download the required template (via the Desktop Application) and then upload it to the web application.

These were the major differences that one can spot. Anyways, enjoy! Hope this helps you choose.



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