Smackdown: Office 365 vs. G Suite management

Users don't directly see these capabilities, but they are core to managing your productivity and collaboration platform

When you choose a productivity platform like Microsoft’s Office 365 or Google’s G Suite, the main focus is on the platform’s functionality: Does it do the job you need?

That’s of course critical, but once you choose a platform, you have to manage it. That’s why management capabilities should be part of your evaluation of a productivity and collaboration platform, not only its user-facing functionality.

You’ve come to the right place for that aspect of choosing between Office 365 and Google G Suite.

Admin console UI. Both the Office 365 and G Suite admin consoles are well designed, providing clean separation of management functions and clear settings labels, so you can quickly move to the settings you want and apply them.

Oddly, Office 365’s admin console (which Microsoft calls the admin center) has two different styles: the old-school Office admin console for tools like Exchange and SharePoint, and a more modern theme for broad management such as user accounts. Their differences are largely cosmetic, though, and you adjust to the presentation differences quickly as you move among the different consoles.

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