Cloud Computing: Office 365 and Google Apps Vie to Control Messaging in the Cloud
Software Plus Services
Microsoft may have deprecated this motto in favor of more cloud-centric terms, but "Software Plus Services" is the slogan that best sums up Microsoft's cloud applications approach. Every component that comprises Office 365 is available in both Microsoft-hosted and on-premises editions, and the organizations poised to extract the most value from Office 365 will be running Microsoft's full stack of thick-client applications.
Chatter over an enterprise apps showdown between Google and Microsoft has gone on for years now, but it wasn't until the general availability release of Microsoft's Office 365 service, earlier this month, that the competition began in earnest. Despite the focus of many on Office-type productivity applications, at the heart of the Office 365-Google Apps rivalry is hosted messaging. With both services performing their core email and calendaring tasks well, the choice of which service that best fits your organization boils down to cost, cloud vs. on-premises deployment needs and client access options.