1Software 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.
2Nothing but the Web
For Google’s part, it’s the marketing slogan for the company’s Chromebook devices, “Nothing but the Web,” that best characterizes Google’s Apps offerings. The Web giant’s cloud resides solely in Google data centers, and while Google offers a handful of Windows client integration points, Google Apps tend to rely on a Web browser and live Internet connection.
3Google Sync for Outlook
4Outlook Web Access
5Adapting to Old Habits
6Office Apps Still Lag
7Activesync as Mobile Lingua Franca
The user-access experience on mobile devices is similar for both Office 365 and Google Apps, as both services tap Microsoft’s Activesync protocol for syncing mail, calendar items and contacts on iOS and Android devices.