While there are several different options available for those that need productivity software, two of the choices have risen to the top of the heap recently.

G-Suite and Office 365 both offer a full range of programs that can help you get the things done that need doing. Many people will make an automatic choice between them based on how they feel about the companies that produce them, but there are several things to keep in mind before making that choice.

Let’s take a look at how they stack up against each other in some important areas.

Pricing

What could be an easy area of comparison is the cost of each, but that’s made more complicated by the Microsoft pricing plans.

While G-Suite has an easy-to-understand three levels of account types to choose from (“Basic”, “Business” and “Enterprise”), Office365 has seven, including three types of “Business” accounts and four types of “Enterprise” accounts.

The lowest tier of subscription to each is $5 per month, and the highest for each is $25 per month, but you’ll have to check the features for yourself to decide which is the best for you.

Google has one major advantage in this comparison; while Office365 plans are yearly agreements, G-Suite is purchasable on a month-to-month basis with no long-term commitment.

Storage

Again, what should be an easy decision is made complicated by the variety of plans available.

With Office365, you get 1 TB of cloud storage on the lowest-tier plan. G-Suite, on the other hand, offers only 30 GB (which includes email storage space!) in their “Basic” plan. This sounds like a simple decision, but if you are interested in any more than the lowest-tier plans, G-Suite will include more storage space.

Usually.

With the G-Suite Business plan, the amount of storage space you have is somewhat determined by the number of users on the plan, so your specific situation will once again determine which is the best choice for you.

Offline and Desktop Versions

Here’s where Office365 starts to shine for many people. As a monthly subscriber, you also get the desktop versions of the various Microsoft Office programs as part of your fee. This means you can download and install Word, Excel, Outlook and the other components of Office365 to use any time, even without an active internet connection.

G-Suite, of course, is primarily an online-based suite of tools.

The good news is that there’s really no bad choice between G-Suite and Office365, as long as you’re aware of the differences.