Best Argument: Office 365
Trust the most experienced
Ed Bott: Microsoft knows enterprise software. Its Exchange server will celebrate its 20th birthday next year, and during that time it has evolved impressively, knocking off some impressive competitors along the way. (Remember Lotus Notes? WordPerfect GroupWise?)
It was natural that Microsoft would move Exchange into the cloud, which they did in 2008. Office 365 is the successor to that service.
Microsoft Exchange has a big-company-only reputation. That might have been true five years ago, but not today. What impresses me most about Office 365 is how it delivers a powerful and sophisticated service in a package that scales from one-person shops all the way up to global enterprises.
Google has done a good job of scaling its free Gmail service into something that a lot of people love. But which company will I trust my business with? It’s no contest: The one with the most experience wins.
Google Apps is a no-brainer
Chris Dawson: Google Apps was designed from the ground up to support business collaboration in the cloud. From the early days of integrating Writely and XL2Web with Gmail six years ago to the modern incarnation complete with full office suite capabilities, a marketplace of integrated third-party apps, and a variety of editions to support key verticals, Google Apps has always focused on enabling people to work together better online. In fact, although Google Apps works quite well as a standalone office suite and cloud storage medium, its native sharing and simultaneous editing features for documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings for a single price in a 100% SaaS environment are where it really shines.
If your business is serious about collaboration and wants the fastest, easiest, least expensive way to get employees working together without any investments in on-premise software or hardware, Google Apps is a no-brainer.