Microsoft Office vs Google Office Apps: What's the Difference?


MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are all included in a standard installation of Office 365 (more on this process here). These programs are fully-featured and can be accessed both offline and in-browser, as long as you have a valid Microsoft software license.

Google has its own version of these applications, which offer many of the same basic functions but, despite their many similarities, they are still fundamentally different programs. The main equivalents have been listed below. Each link contains guides on how to use that application.

Why choose Google Apps?

  • No installation: Google accounts are created automatically for all Tabor students during enrolment. The same is not the case for Microsoft Office - students will need to install this separately. 
  • Free and portable: In addition to coming pre-installed, Google Apps are free to use and can be accessed using any device with an internet browser. This makes it a popular option for students looking to open/edit documents on the go. Google apps also provide powerful tools for collaboration and sharing.
  • Regular updates: Google Apps are regularly being improved. Our page on 'What's New in Google Apps' contains more information on this.

Click here to find out how you can access your Google Apps using your Tabor student account.

Last modified: Friday, 22 November 2019, 12:08 PM