The University of California at Berkeley explained why it picked Google Apps for Education over Microsoft Office 365. Google won on efficiency of migration, while Microsoft won on security, albeit barely.
and institutions decline to say exactly why they chose one vendor's solution
over that of a rival, so it can be refreshing when an organization bucks the
of California at Berkeley eschewed that timeless practice last month when it
took the unusual step of explaining why it selected Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Apps
over Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Office 365 as a replacement for its own
proprietary email and calendar applications.
and Office 365 are competing cloud-collaboration software suites aimed at
provisioning collaboration applications to individuals and companies through a
Web browser. Google and Microsoft host the solutions on their own servers,
which is appealing to companies, schools and organizations that don't have the
time, expertise, financial wherewithal or inclination to maintain software on
their own servers.
Dec. 21 said it selected Google Apps for Education as its new calendar and email
platform and plans to move its students, faculty and staff to Gmail and Google
Calendar in 2012. The school will remain on its own CalMail and CalAgenda
pending that migration.
decision has been reached after an extensive analysis over the past few months
that compared Google Apps for Education and Microsoft's Office 365
offerings," the school explained in a note on its Website
"While both products are feature-rich and offer advantages over our current
environment, the analysis concluded that the Google offering was the better
overall fit for the campus at this time."
The deal is
nonexclusive. The school said the choice of Google will not impact the campus's
recent announcement to use Microsoft Office Professional Plus, Microsoft
Windows, Microsoft Projects and Microsoft Visio software, and called the use of
both Google's cloud applications and Microsoft's on-premise software
"complementary in many areas."
In UC Berkeley's evaluation
, Google won on the speed
of, and the support of migration and deployment of Google Apps. UC Berkeley
likes the six- to 10-week migration plan Google Apps offers, as well as the
"relatively low-cost" for migration support, compared with Office