Why I switched from Google for Work to Microsoft Office 365 Premier for Business

About a month ago I dumped my Google for Work account and decided to upgrade my Microsoft from a personal account to a business account.

Here are some reasons why I turned away from Google Apps and returned to Microsoft Office this month:

  1. I spend a significant amount of time offline. Where I live and work we do not have high speed internet so I must rely on spotty and sometimes intermittent cellular data signal. In order to remain productive during those times, I look for software that keeps working offline and automatically syncs when a signal is re-established. It is important to me to have fully functional installed software on my PC. This is the factor that ultimately governed my decision. (After the original publication of this blog I learned that Gmail also offers an offline platform).
  2. I never really got the hang of Gmail as opposed to Outlook. Although I’ve used both for more than a decade, I never really felt as confident or productive with Gmail.
  3. When communicating with clients or regulators, I feel more comfortable citing Microsoft’s security policy than Google’s policies. Granted, I do not know enough about the topic to really be conversant in the details, but I like what I read from Microsoft.
  4. It seems Google took control of my web site domain in a different and more extensive way than Microsoft. I fond that to be intrusive.
  5. Most of my clients in the nonprofit, construction and financial services industry use Microsoft Office. That’s what this graphic depicts; sorry I don’t know the source.office-365

 

There are plenty of things I liked better with Google Apps, especially integration with third party applications. What I dislike with both of them is level of service available. The transition back to Microsoft has not gone smoothly and I will likely blog about that later.  As a practical matter, I need to hire outside support for either platform.

It might sound like my transition was a successful venture, but that is not the case. It was a disaster that I describe in another blog post.

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