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Recent reports state that the Philippines has the potential of becoming the next startup hub in the Asia-pacific region. While more of these small to medium enterprises in the country are battling it out to the top, household names in technology such as Microsoft and Google have become more competitive than ever in providing the perfect service to help these businesses become more efficient.

With the Philippines ranking 10th spot in the Cloud Readiness Index, Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps have jumped in with the cloud-based trend. Members in an enterprise can collaborate, share files and hold meetings whenever they want, wherever they are – all they need is internet access.

But the question is –which application has a higher position up in the clouds?

Battle of the Clouds: Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps

Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps’ aim is simple: work efficiency at any time of the day, wherever you may be. Both have familiar tools, with Microsoft Office 365 providing familiar business apps such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint; and Google Apps with Gmail, Hangouts, Google Calendar, and Google Drive.

Their similarity, however, ends when we talk about their storage capability. Microsoft Office 365 provides 1TB of storage per user, giving more space for your team’s files. Meanwhile, the entry-level for Google Apps provides only 30GB of online storage for their users.

When it comes to securing your data online, Microsoft Office 365 wins by providing the privacy, security, and trustworthy compliance safeguards. Microsoft Office 365 is transparent on the process of data storage and who among your enterprise’s team members have access to it. You can also be assured that your data is not used to for advertising purposes on Microsoft’s end. On the other hand, Google Apps for Work’s security capabilities along with support for management, maintenance, and security are available through third-party services that have separate licenses and service level agreements.

Features Tailored-to-Fit Your Business

Businesses have a unique set of needs that cannot be met with a one-size-fits-all approach, and this is where Google Apps for Work falls short. Microsoft Office 365 understands this well, as it provides an array of plans designed to fit the kind of enterprise you have.

Collaborate in Real Time – Anytime, Anywhere

Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Work both bank on real-time collaboration. On Google’s side, we have Google Chat and Google Voice features built into Gmail, allowing users to instant-message or do audio/video calls. But Microsoft Office 365 still takes the lead with Lync 2010 Client, which also lets users instant message and audio/video call their contacts, as well as have a Web session with a whiteboard feature for a more in-depth discussion.

The Truth About Beating Google Apps

Microsoft Office 365 reigns supreme by this – it understands the uniqueness of each business, and it knows how to cater to them. Google for Work, on the other hand, tried keeping offers simple in contrast to Microsoft Office 365, only to fall short in providing what businesses really need.

Which application has a higher position up in the clouds? The answer is simple: Microsoft Office 365.

Microsoft Office 365 can be availed at Integrated Computer Systems, Inc. (ICS), the official Microsoft Office 365 Portal in the Philippines. ICS is also part of the Philippines’ leading IT solutions provider with over 35 years of experience in technological expertise worldwide.

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