Google G Suite

G Suite is a brand of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools, software and products developed by Google that offers most of the power and flexibility of its main office-suite rival, Microsoft Office 365.
It's entirely cloud-based tools can be used from any desktop or mobile platform, but they lack the full power of desktop apps.

G Suite comprises of;

  • Gmail, Hangouts, Calendar, Google+
    for communication
  • Drive
    for storage
  • Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites
    for collaboration

It also includes the digital interactive whiteboard Jamboard.

Depending on the plan, an Admin panel and Vault for managing users and the services.


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Your Office in the Cloud
In contrast with Google's cloud-only apps, Microsoft's and Apple's apps run either on the desktop or in a browser or mobile device, and the desktop apps have the kind of power that no mobile app can offer.

When you choose G Suite over Office 365 or Apple's apps, you're making a major decision to rely on data and apps that live almost entirely in the cloud, accessible only in a browser or a mobile device. Google doesn't supply desktop apps like the desktop versions of Microsoft Word or Excel or Apple's Pages and Numbers. If you want to edit your documents on a Wi-Fi challenged environment, like a plane, you'll need to edit them in Google's Chrome browser via an optional extension. And, before you go offline, you'll need to download every document that you want to edit. You may not be willing to take that kind of trouble every time you risk being somewhere where Wi-Fi may suddenly stop working.

Also, Microsoft's OneDrive and Apple's iCloud typically store copies of your documents on your hard disk and also in the cloud, whereas Google stores only links to your documents in the Google Drive folder that you can create on your hard disk.

You can download your Google documents to your hard disk but only in formats like Office format or Open Document format, not in the Google Docs format itself. You may not be entirely comfortable with the idea that your documents live in the cloud in a format that you can't download to your hard disk.

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G Suite has plenty to offer any organization that needs a collaboration-ready office suite, a website, shared calendars, and mail services. Compared with Office 365, which exists on the desktop and in the cloud, G Suite is cloud-only and that's either an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on your needs. Cloud-only apps are an advantage if you want to assure that everything produced by your organization is always available. They're a disadvantage if you want the full power of desktop apps, or if you need offline access to your files.

We'd be happy to discuss the pros and cons of which office suite will suite you and your business the best.

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