Google Workspace (2) --- vs. Microsoft Office

Google Workspace is a similar product to Microsoft Office but a full cloud product. As a Microsoft product user switching to the Google Workspace environment, I feel the switch is very smooth, with almost no learning curve. I will make an introduction in this article and make a brief comparison with Microsoft Office in another article.

Microsoft Office (Microsoft 365) is quite familiar to most people for decades. The Google Workspace is a new environment that is similar to Microsoft Office. This article is a simple comparison between these two tools at the user level. The purpose is not for evaluating the two software or choosing the software but for the learning purpose. So, I will

  1. Simply list the major features (advantages) from both sides of Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace;
  2. Simply state what my feelings are to use or compare these two tools.

Advantages of Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace



Feelings to Use Google Workspace as a Microsoft 365 user:

  • While using Microsoft 365 seems to use an application or separate several applications respectively, using Google Workspace is likely to use an office environment 
    • Microsoft 365: traditionally, you work in an environment of Windows, you can use app such as Chrome broswer, File Folder, Visual Studio, ..., or Microsoft Outlook, Excel, --- when you use Microfost Office app, you just use an app.
    • Google Workspace: All office related software are all in one Space, you can pick up Calendar, Docs, Drive, email, Chat, Sheet, Slide, ..., whatever you need.

  • As a Microsoft 365 user, Google Workspace is very easy to learn, I would say, the learning curve is very short or even almost zero. You do not need any training, just use it, you can get most of your work done without consulting to others or even Google.
  • Google Workspace Keep is equivalent to Microsoft 365 OneNote, but not as user friendly as OneNote. OneNote is similar to Microsoft Word, while Google Keep will keep the pictures not in the contex, but on the top of keep. e.g.


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