Maybe Google is deriving inspiration from Microsoft, at least in terms of naming its apps and services. Microsoft has the Office Suite. Many people use Google’s business apps like Google Docs, Google email for business, et cetera, and these things combined are called, or rather, were called, Google Apps for Work. Normally, you need to have a business email account, something like email@example.com working with Google in order to be able to use all the apps included in Google Apps for Work. In a move to rebrand, Google has decided to rename Google Apps for Work as G Suite. The apps in G Suite will include Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, Slides, Calendar, Hangouts and some more. Here is the video explaining the latest G Suite from Google.
Although it isn’t clear how, Google says that the name “G Suite” better reflects the mission of helping people everywhere work and innovate together. Again, it doesn’t really explain why this group of apps and services should be called “G Suite”. Here is the official link for G Suite.
Unlike the Microsoft Office 365 subscription model, G Suite seems to be a bit costly. For example, for almost $ 10 per month, you can use Office 365 for five members and each member gets 1 TB of cloud storage space. G Suite on the other hand charges you per user. But then it may also be because both the companies might be targeting different set of consumers. For example, for me, Microsoft Office 365 works better. In fact, after having started using OneDrive regularly, I’m almost on the verge of giving up my Google Drive subscription. There are some features in MS Word that I have tried multiple times to use in Google Docs but haven’t been able to do. But then people who would be using G Suite, would be looking for collaboration rather than features because most of the Google products are known for their minimalistic user interface.
The best feature would be, a G Suite subscription gives you an official email ID, the sort I have mentioned above. This feature is not available in Office 365 or even if it is, I haven’t explored much because I mostly use Office 365 for cloud storage as well as wordprocessing.
Another advantage that Google has over Microsoft is its long strides in the field of artificial intelligence. Google has introduced a new feature called Quick Access in Google Drive that will enable you to access your files 50% faster on your mobile devices. Using artificial intelligence, the Google Drive interface will be able to know which files you might be looking for. Such machine learning features are being introduced in almost all the apps of G Suite. In this regard, I must say that Microsoft’s OneDrive is in its primitive stage.
Another feature that may be invaluable to many G Suite users would be instant translation. Recently Google has taken the solution to an entirely new level by introducing the neural network system into the way languages are translated between each other.
Even Google calendar is far better than Microsoft’s calendar. So in this respect, whether as Microsoft scores on features and interface, Google scores on bringing artificial intelligence to day-to-day applications and work scheduling. The Office 365 Suite might be better looking, but G Suite is certainly more intelligent and maybe this will be the reason why people will be using it.