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    "It was just one of those things you had to have because everyone else you did business with had it and you needed to be able to send and access files back and forth on a common platform."

    Imagine using Mac for business back then. We paddled upstream way too long. We had to send many files to our computer guy to open.

    We use QB via Rightnetworks. Whenever I find some time I will attempt to get away from QB. It is great, but it lacks many basic functions. I get upset paying what I do for it when these functions are not there, I keep addressing them in Feedback. I use Pages sometimes and the photo editor that is in the Mail a lot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobjob View Post
    "It was just one of those things you had to have because everyone else you did business with had it and you needed to be able to send and access files back and forth on a common platform."

    Imagine using Mac for business back then. We paddled upstream way too long. We had to send many files to our computer guy to open.
    I remember those days. When you asked people what kind of computer they had and they said "Mac" ( or the other way around if you were the Mac person) you had to jump through a few compatibility hoops and it was still pretty janky.

    That was back when both companies refuse to play well together because they were both fighting to be a standard. Thank God they got over that.

    Now if we could only get Amazon and Google to stop fighting so that I can get You Tube on my Firestick again

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    G Suite and Office 365 are both great cloud productivity suites. They both enable your business to collaborate, store files online and easily share them. They both free you to work from anywhere using different devices.
    We believe that G Suite is a much better choice for small business owners. It is much easier to use, their web and mobile apps are the best, and you probably already use many of their apps like Gmail, Calendar, Photos, Google Docs, and more.
    Another advantage with G Suite is pricing. If you are on a basic plan, you can buy more storage, and you get unlimited storage with their business and enterprise plans.
    G Suite also has a much simpler admin control panel with tons of documentation. As a small business owner, this alone will save you time when adding employees and managing accounts.
    Office 365 is more suitable for enterprise-level businesses where all employees work from an office using a Windows PC. Their desktop apps are top-notch specially if you are in a Windows ecosystem. Also Office 365 plans are much more cheaper than G suite. Also, you can integrate it with DaaS network. Contact your Desktop as a service provider for more information. Also, you can connect with Office 365 migration support.
    At the end of the day, the choice really comes down to which platform are you more familiar with? If you are using Gmail for your personal email, then you will love G Suite. If you are used to of using outlook, then you will love Office 365.

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    I use Libre Office. I've gotten used to it and it does what I need. I use the spreadsheet more than the word processor.

    As to backup / restore, I used to do disk clones which worked well. I used it a lot for a friends computer that I maintained. He was always trashing his system. I'd just do a restore and a few other things. I'm thinking about using a cloud service to go between Linux and Windows PC's I have. It seems like a good solution for sharing files between machines. I also keep key files on a thumb drive I carry with me.

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    I use GSuite when creating documents / spreadsheets if they need to be collaborated live on. This is usually work related things with my team. If it's things like personal documents, I use Word. If the spreadsheet requires a more complicated spreadsheet, I will use Excel. Most of the time I can just use GSuite.

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    You can also try with O365 business premium. includes all of the online services and desktop apps. For larger organizations, Microsoft offers four Office 365 business premium plans that support an unlimited number of users. It includes up-to-date versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Windows or Mac, OneNote (features vary), and Access and Publisher (PC only). You can also use Microsoft Teams, Skype for business, OneDrive for business and other more tools.
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    I like office 365 at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billbenson View Post
    I use Libre Office. I've gotten used to it and it does what I need. I use the spreadsheet more than the word processor.
    But is this cloud base? I thought Libre office was just localized software

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    Office 365 is Microsoft's productivity suite with tools like Word, Exchange, Excel, SharePoint, Teams and more. Because Office 365 is cloud-based, the full-featured experience can be accessed from anywhere, on any device, as long as they're online.


    The tools in Office 365 complement each other and work together seamlessly, so it's a must-have for any business.


    Here are seven key benefits of Office 365.


    Access Files Anywhere
    Office 365 allows your organisation to store all the files in the cloud. This means they can be accessed on any device, from any location with an internet connection. For organisations where mobile working is essential, being able to access all the apps and files you need when out of the office is invaluable.


    Secure Cloud Storage
    Office 365 is a totally secure environment with robust security measures in place, like two-factor authentication, which ensures unauthorised people can't access your files if they happen to get on your device. Threat detection and anti-malware means security threats are identified and stopped immediately, which is particularly important for organisations that deal with confidential data or information. Using Office 365 means your business is free to operate without any concerns for security.


    Improved Communication
    Office 365 gives users tools to keep communication centralised and straightforward across Skype and Outlook. Skype for Business lets you hold conference calls and meetings with staff and external agencies anywhere in the world, so you can always collaborate and communicate regardless of distance or time difference. Teams provides an instant messaging function where comments can be added and files uploaded at the same time, which is useful for cross-department collaboration and when co-authoring documents. You can also 'at' people on Teams so they receive a notification that a comment is aimed directly at them. All these features mean you can be in constant and immediate contact with teams and individuals wherever they are located and at any time. Yammer is another feature of Office 365 which acts as a kind of social network for your organisation. By posting on your company 'news feed' you can instantly message the entire workforce, and staff receive an email notification when there is a new post so messages aren't missed. Anyone can comment on a post, and you can create different 'channels' in Yammer for different purposes, so you don't always have to post to the entire company.


    Predictable spend
    Office 365 is paid for on a per user, per month basis, like a subscription. The cost of your licences depends on the level of functionality you choose for your business. Different enterprise levels include different applications and products, which dictates the cost of each licence. Paying per user, per month gives you a predictable outgoing and helps you budget your IT spend for the year ahead. Upgrades are included in the cost of your licences, so there are no unexpected or additional costs. If you buy your licences through Core, you can also change the number of licence you have at any time, if you hire or people leave, for example. That way, you are never over-licensed and there is no waste.


    Business Continuity
    With files stored in the cloud and regularly backed up, your organisation continue to operate as normal in the case of a disaster at the office. No matter what happens to your physical devices, your email, files and data are safely stored in the cloud. Exchange also has recovery features which mean individual emails or even entire inboxes can be restored if needed. No matter the situation, it can be business as usual if you're using Office 365.


    Automatic upgrades
    All the essential apps such as Word, Excel and Outlook are included and work online without the need to install any software. Upgrades are performed automatically at predetermined intervals, so you don't have to worry about being on the latest version; that will happen automatically. The expense of buying new software is also eradicated as updates are included in the subscription for your Office 365 licences.


    Centralised Collaboration
    Office 365 lets you share mailboxes, calendars, contacts and edit documents in real time through collaborative tools. Sharing calendars in Exchange means you can see who in your organisation is available when, so you can schedule meetings that work for everyone, first time round. Shared mailboxes mean multiple people can access the same mailbox, so messages can be filtered to land in the shared mailbox and won't be missed. SharePoint is another integral tool for enabling collaboration. Documents that are saved here can be accessed and worked on by any staff member, and shared as a link in email. Multiple users are also able to edit documents stored in SharePoint in real time, which makes co-authoring easy. You can see who is in the document at any time and even where they're working thanks to little coloured flags which identify each user.

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    G Suite and Office 365 have much in common. Both are subscription-based, charging businesses per-person fees every month, in varying tiers, depending on the capabilities their customers are looking for. Although G Suite is web-based, it has the capability to work offline as well. And while Office 365 is based on installed desktop software, it also provides (less powerful) web-based versions of its applications.

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