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Is Office 365 worth spending 3x more than on Google Apps?

Summary: Office 365 is three times the cost of Google Apps. It's worth it -- but probably not for the reason you expect...

By Matt Baxter-Reynolds



Office's competition has always been products that have tried to emulate Office's enormous bulk -- think LibreOffice in particular. Google Docs doesn't try to do that at all. It's a very minimal product.

We know that Office is enormous. There is nothing that the entire product suite can't do. People often complain about it's labyrinthine complexity. Another way to look at that is that Microsoft has actually done a skilled job in masking that complexity. There's enough in there to drive even the most ardent power user crazy.


Here is my question - are we trying to emulate MSO's "enormous bulk" [of options]? I hope it is not though of as the bulk of hard drive space needed to install MSO vs. LO.

I know that LO will not spend money on the server costs for a "cloud" based version of LO hosted by LO, but it was an interesting read that may be reflected into the development of LO for Android devices.

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