First, let me give full disclosure – I am (was) a Google girl. By that, I mean I have used Android phones and the Google Suite for many years and for the most part I’ve always been pleased. I was also a little upset that my district didn’t offer Google Apps for Education or G Suite as it’s now known. I loved the collaborative environment and the thought of having my documents wherever I had an internet connection and accessing files wherever I go.
In comes Microsoft Office 365. I heard a little about it before 2015 when my district provided it for us. At that time, I was told that it wasn’t really ready for mainstream use. Today, I am here to tell you that in 2017, it’s ready. Boy, it is ready and it’s powerful.
Students and Teachers are Using Microsoft
Microsoft Office 365 is a game changer when you use it in your classroom. Teachers and students can collaborate with each other as they produce and share work. Work can be accessed anywhere as long as there is an internet connection. It really mobilizes workflow. While Google Drive and Google Apps for Education have been around for a while, it was always missing something. What I love about Office 365 is that it also connects to the full versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel allowing for full editing usage. (One of my gripes with G suite is the lack of editing tools.) Also, there are so much more apps than Google offers such as:
Sway for alternative presentation resources
Docs.com which is almost like instant blogging suite. Curates your work just by linking your work within Office 365
OneNote and OneNote Class Notebook for organizing your work and digital workflow.
While Google will always have a special place in my heart, I am finding that I am using Microsoft more and more professionally as well as personally. It just has more features and it’s based on an industry standard. I’m still using Google for certain tasks and projects, however, slowly but surely, Microsoft Office 365 is taking over my heart.