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Google Apps vs Office 365

Started by Shanthan Naidu 19 Aug 2013 10:18am () Replies (11)

Which way do we go to meet the needs of the learners? - keeping mind we are tansitioning to become a fully operational BYOD school by the start of 2015. We have had teachers trial Google apps with great success -- I have not used 365 as yet. Anyone that has used both applications can you provide any feedback/forward?

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  • Fastpaddy (View all users posts) 19 Aug 2013 10:53am ()

    Both are good. 365 is more technical to set up in your school. However, beneficial if you have Microsoft Exchange server. I found that at our school, teachers struggled moving from one version of office to the next, so having a google apps document or spreadsheet which did not conform to  office formatting would cause problems with teacher take up - this has been the sole reason for choosing 365 over apps. Apps hangouts and circles are better than 365 equivalent (my opinion only).

  • Fastpaddy (View all users posts) 19 Aug 2013 2:14pm ()

    365 and Google Apps will cost to set up unless you have your own techie on board, or a teacher who understands how to set the whole thing up. After that both are free. Of course, Microsoft is willing to sell you extras, but the education version of 365 is easily adequate for the needs of most schools. Google Apps is simpler to set up than 365. However, once either 365 or Apps is set up, there should be no difference in technical issues faced by teachers as the 365 system works much in the way as Google, using skydrive which is similar to the Google Drive. 

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