“It’s been said that the secret to a good marriage is to understand that ‘it must be total, it must be permanent, and it must be equal.’ Microsoft has 20 years of expertise in the enterprise arena, and the release of Office 365 a year ago only extends that commitment. Our commitment to our customers is both total and permanent. What’s more, it is equal, meaning that we’re always listening and will continue to evolve to meet our customers’ needs and desires.”
“By contrast, it’s hard to determine whether Google’s commitment to its enterprise customers is either total or permanent. Google Apps for Business (GAFB) grew out of a consumer offering and does not generate a significant portion of Google’s overall income. Not surprisingly, Google once again showed a lack of innovation and investment in Google Apps for Business at its recent Google I/O conference.”
That quote is from an excellent article posted recently on the “Why Microsoft?” blog, summarizing and celebrating the successes of the first year of Office 365. I highly recommend you read the full article, and the 7 “successes” during the year that was. If you’re in the process of considering the productivity suite for your business, and you are deciding between Google and Office, you really need to understand who has the most experience in the enterprise, and who really has the full solution in place. Not doing so would be like jumping into shark infested waters with a steak strapped to your chest.**
**Okay.. perhaps that’s a bit dark. But you get my point.