Google Docs vs ONLYOFFICE


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Google Docs
Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite, and data storage service. Documents, spreadsheets, presentations can be created with Google Docs, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. Documents can be saved to a user's local computer in a variety of formats. Google Docs serves as a collaborative tool for editing amongst in real time. If you are looking for self-hosted open-source Google Docs alternative, pay attention to ONLYOFFICE.
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ONLYOFFICE
ONLYOFFICE is a cloud business service that enables you to manage projects, customer relations and documents in one place. In other words, you don't need to switch back and forth between multiple applications to perform different tasks. Here you obtain a single multi-featured system to organize every step of your work improving your productivity and optimizing efforts for success.
Comparing Google Docs vs ONLYOFFICE is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Google Docs has more user-friendly interface than ONLYOFFICE because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Google Docs is more popular than ONLYOFFICE

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- ONLYOFFICE Editors 5.0 get fully renovated interface (in 2017)
- Google updates Docs with new collaboration features (in 2017)
- ONLYOFFICE integrates with SharePoint (in 2017)
- Google Docs now let you create custom templates (in 2016)
- G Suite adds some intelligence to Docs (in 2016)
- ONLYOFFICE now allows to edit documents offline (in 2016)
- Online office suite ONLYOFFICE launched free cloud version (in 2015)
- Google Docs for iPhone/iPad now can edit MS Office files (in 2014)
- Google Docs allows to edit MS Office files without conversion (in 2014)
- Teamlab opens source code, renames to ONLYOFFICE (in 2014)

Looks like ONLYOFFICE was recently more active than Google Docs (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Google Docs and ONLYOFFICE meet head to head:

2016 - ONLYOFFICE now allows to edit documents offline to stand out over Google Docs


ONLYOFFICE released Desktop Editors, an office suite that combines viewers and editors for text documents, spreadsheets and presentations working offline. Desktop editors support Copy/Paste, direct print options, local fonts, language detection. ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors are absolutely free for personal use. For business use the desktop applications are available by subscription: 1 year subscription for $39 and an unlimited subscription for $59. Regular updates and email support are included.

2014 - Google to discontinue QuickOffice for Android, iOS to defeate ONLYOFFICE


Google announced it will be “unpublishing” QuickOffice for both Android and iOS in the coming weeks. "With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks," the company said on its official apps updates blog. "Existing users with the app can continue to use it, but no features will be added and new users will not be able to install the app."  Google purchased QuickOffice in 2012 to integrate the Office-compatible software in Google Docs. Chromebooks have already seen some of the QuickOffice integration and once the software is pulled from app stores, you’ll only see QuickOffice in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides unless you already have QuickOffice on your mobile device: Existing app users can keep using it but the software won’t get future updates.

2014 - Google Docs gets Add-ons store, ONLYOFFICE gets server version.



Online office suites continue to evolve. Google Docs adds embedded add-on directory, which is accessible from the top menu Add-ons and contains all sorts of useful things. For example, a plugin for collaborative docs approval, for printing stickers, for integration with Mailchimp (email marketing service), etc. Obviously, this directory will grow day by day. Meanwhile one of the main Google Docs rivals - Teamlab Office unveiled the local version for large companies, that can be installed on the own server. Besides the office document editors, Teamlab Office Enterprise contains the full set of collaboration tools . Teamlab already provided in-house open-source version - Community Edition. It's free but trimmed in functionality. The new Enterprise version costs $1200/year per 30 users. If you think that it's expensive, calculate how much MS Office and SharePoint will cost for the same number of users.

2013 - Teamlab launches free alternative to Google Docs and MS Office to take on Google Docs


Online service Teamlab is know not only for its collaboration and business management features, but also for cool online document editors that can be well compared to Google Docs, MS Office Web Apps or Zoho Docs. But until now these editors where available only for Teamlab paid users. Today TeamLab is launching a free productivity tool Teamlab Personal - an alternative to Google Drive, Skydrive and Zoho Docs. It's a cloud file storage with office editors. Teamlab says that it combines reach formatting features from MS Office with collaboration tools from Google Docs. The service allows to upload and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint from your computer and even pull docs from other online services: Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box (note that the last three services have their own document editors). You can share files with colleagues, co-edit and comment them in real time and embed documents to your web page.

2013 - TeamLab Office 7.5: Gantt Chart, CRM-EMail integration to keep up competition with Google Docs



The updated version of the popular collaboration service Teamlab Office 7.5 includes two new useful features. The first is Gantt Chart. It enables to get a panoramic view of all project activities, evaluate project activity status: open/closed, active/overdue, manage project milestones and tasks: create, edit, close, reopen, delete etc, link tasks within projects to create the task dependencies. The second useful feature is CRM-EMail integration. It allows to see the whole email conversation thread with a client in the contact profile and send emails directly from the profile or the list of contacts. This feature is especially useful if several emplyees communicate with one customer by email. Teamlab costs from 75$ per year for 5 users.