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Why I Switched from Google Apps and Dropbox to Office 365

Why I Switched from Google Apps and Dropbox to Office 365

Feb 13 2014

I have used the IPhone, the Ipad, Android devices, and I have now adopted a complete Microsoft platform which Includes the Lumia 1520 windows phone, and the Microsoft surface Pro as my primary computing device. They are developing an integrated platform that works well across phones, tablets and the disappearing desktop. I recently migrated to Office 365 from Google Apps and Dropbox. With the integrated system of Office 365, my team and I like it better overall. As with all things, there are pluses and minuses. Below are what I see as the pluses:

1. Easy to share and work on documents.

2. Better privacy than with Gmail.

3. Working with the gold standard of business tools, MS Office.

4. Can use desktop based applications, or web based applications to work with Office.

5. Better familiarity with Outlook for team members.

6. An integrated experience.

7. Better overall pricing for Office365.

Below are some of the downsides:

1. More little aggravations than with Google Apps.

a. Login problems

b. New user setup permissions not migrating as quickly

2. Outlook- sometimes freezes and becomes difficult to work with.

3. File synchronization with SharePoint and Skydrive Pro not as seamless as Dropbox

4. Finding information on issues can be challenging (even as a Microsoft Partner)

In future posts I will be sharing how these tools are being put to work in our organization. If you are interested in trying Office365, please send me an e-mail at and I will send you a free thirty day trial of the system. You will be hearing more about it in coming posts.

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