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Google’s long history of messaging and chat apps has taken yet another turn this month with the newly named Google Meet. Better known as Google Hangouts Meet, this service incorporates the best of Hangouts into a more business-friendly package. Let’s take a look at how Google Meet compares to Zoom and Skype.Using Google Meet
The most important thing to note with Google Meet is that anyone can now use it. Google recently removed its stipulation that only Google Suite users could initiate a video call. Access to scheduling free video calls is slowly rolling out to Google users. Free accounts will be limited to 60-minute meetings with up to 100 participants beginning in September 2023. Until then, Google is allowing unlimited calls while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Anyone with a Google account can join and soon schedule a Meet.
Google Meet apps are available on iOS, Android, and the Web, as well as Chromebooks. To start a Meet, you must “join or start a meeting” at chúng tôi If you have a meeting ID, you can enter it right at that web address and immediately join. Google account holders can set up a meeting on the same page.How Much Does Google Meet Cost
At this time, Google’s free version of Meet remains limited. To gain full functionality with Meet, you or your organization has to subscribe to one of three Google Suite tiers. Google’s “Basic” plan costs $6 a month per user with no minimum number of users. There is also a “Business” plan ($12) and “Enterprise” plan ($25), all of which include access to Google Meet.How Does Meet Pricing Compare?
Skype only charges when you wish to call a mobile device or landline. It offers unlimited minutes to any landline or mobile phone for $2.99 a month. Otherwise, video/message/text chats are all free.
Zoom offers four sets of plans including a free Tier. The free tier allows up to 100 participants, though video calls are limited to just 40 minutes. Zoom’s additional price points of $14.99 and $19.99 per month are good for one host each.
Google Meet’s new free plan enables 100 users to video chat for up to 60 minutes, which is slightly better than Zoom. Google’s paid plans also become more attractive when you factor in the additional Google Drive storage and other GSuite features.Meet Versus Zoom
Ultimately, Zoom takes less effort to join overall. It allows up to 500 users on a call at a single time with up to 49 displayed at once. Meet allows up to 250 participants on a single video conference but only 16 users can be displayed. That’s a major leg up for Zoom. Meet also feels less intuitive to use with a semi-messy dashboard, while Zoom feels cleaner and more polished. Both applications allow you to share images, files and documents through the chat box during any meeting.
Features and usability-wise, Zoom likely takes the prize as the better of the two video conferencing applications.Meet Versus Skype
Like Zoom, Skype also fights Google Meet head on thanks to its excellent free account option. While the best features of Zoom and Google Meet require paid accounts, Skype offers up the majority of its services with zero payment. That’s far different from Meet which requires you to subscribe to its “Basic” service for anything beyond video calls.
Both services allow you to share videos, documents, images and participate in group chats. Like Meet, Skype is also available across Windows, iOS, Android and Mac. Skype only enables support for up to 50 people at a time on a call while Meet adds support for up to 250. You can share your screen on both services. Meet does offer closed captioning as part of its services, something Skype does not support.
Meet and Skype easily integrate with Outlook for added functionality. Both services allow video calls to be recorded and accessed for up to 30 days. Even with a higher price tag, this race is pretty close. That you can access just about every Skype feature for free gives it a significant leg up. However, the low cost of Google Meet comes with so many extras that it’s hard to ignore. In the end, unless you have a large built-in group of friends or colleagues already on Skype, Google Meet is worth a look.
Even as competitors like Zoom and Skype offer plenty of value, Google Meet remains a giant in the space. While there are some minor differences between the three video conferencing tools, all of them are very competent tools and have no issues meeting your needs. Regardless of which video conference tool you are using, make sure you follow these tips when you are video conferencing at home.
David is a freelance tech writer with over 15 years of experience in the tech industry. He loves all things Nintendo.
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In the cut-throat world of video-conferencing applications, Google has chosen Google Meet as its champion. The application, which is now available on all platforms, isn’t quite as robust as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, but it’s gradually picking up the pace for its rapidly expanding userbase.
Thanks to Google’s humongous ecosystem and user-friendly demeanor, a significant section of the work-from-home crowd has chosen Google Meet as its go-to video-conferencing application. This phenomenon has naturally led to large meetings, which has made it almost impossible to keeping track of meeting attendees manually.
Thankfully, Google took note of the problem and released the automatic attendance feature for most Google Meet users. Today, we’ll take a look at the newly launched attendance tracking and tell you how you could get the most out of it.
Related: How to Make Google Meet: Start, Invite and Admit People to Meeting
Is attendance tracking enabled for all?
Google Meet’s attendance tracking was first officially introduced for Enterprise for Education users in September. After its grand unveiling and success, Google has decided to roll out the perk for most of its other account types. We’re using the word “most” strongly because not every Google Meet user or account type is getting the feature.
Currently, Google Meet’s attendance tracking is available for Business Plus, Essentials, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus users. The new attendance tracking isn’t available for G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Nonprofits, Workspace Business Starter, and Business Standard users.
The Enterprise for Education users can use attendance tracking but the Standard Education license won’t have this feature.
Related: How to see everyone on Google Meet on PC and Phone
What does a typical attendance report contain?
As you may have guessed already, every eligible meeting in Google Meet gets an attendance report after it is concluded. It’s not excruciatingly detailed — for better or worse — but delivers all the basics you could ask for.
First off, you’ll get the names and email IDs of all the attendees. You’ll also have the duration of the time they were actually on the call, including the enter and exit times. If an attendee leaves and re-joins a bunch of times, only their total duration would be counted. Finally, when an attendee is kicked out, the timestamp will show it as the moment they left the call.
Related: How to mute yourself, teacher, and host on Google Meet
How to enable attention tracking and get the attendance report?
Now that you have a fair idea about its availability and what’s included in a report, let’s see how to get a nice attendance report at the end of your meetings.
Enterprise for Education users
As mentioned, the feature was first rolled out to Enterprise for Education users, in September. These users do not have to move an extra muscle to get the attendance report delivered straight to their inbox.
Whenever a meeting organizer — one who hosts the meeting — concludes a meeting, they get the detailed attendance report delivered straight to their email ID. The feature is enabled by default.
Other Google Meet users
If you don’t have an Enterprise for Education license, you’ll need to work a little more to get the job done. Google has kept the attendance report option turned off by default, but there are a couple of ways to get it up and running again.
Related: How to unmute on Google Meet
Now, go to ‘Settings’ and hit ‘Host controls.’ Finally, hit the toggle next to ‘Attendance tracking’ to turn it on.
That’s it! After your meeting concludes, you — the meeting organizer — will get a detailed attendance report in your inbox.
Through Google Calendar
If you wish to configure attendance tracking before a meeting starts, you could turn to Google Calendar for help.
First, go to the Google Calendar homepage and select the meeting you want to edit. Now, go to ‘Edit event’ and select ‘Change conference settings.’ Then, check the box right next to ‘Attendance tracking.’ Finally, hit ‘Save.’
Similarly, you could cook in the attendance tracking feature while creating a new meeting event. After going to the Google Calendar website, you’ll need to select ‘Add Google Meet video conferencing’ and select the ‘Change conference settings’ option on the right.
Then, check the box next to ‘Attendance tracking’ and hit ‘Save.’ Recheck other meeting options and set it up.
That’s it! The meeting report will be delivered straight to your inbox.
Related: Zoom vs Google Meet: All you need to know
Attendance tracking for other Google Meet users
If you don’t have an eligible Google Meet plan, you’ll not have the privilege of using the official Google Meet attendance tracking. However, that doesn’t mean you should not have the privilege of keeping track of your students/colleagues in a meeting.
Since Google Meet is a web browser-based application, you can practically use any number of extensions on it. Chromium-based browsers, such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, have the most excellent collection of extensions for Google Meet — including the one in focus: attendance tracking. Using these free extensions, you can keep track of the ins and outs in real-time and, of course, download the summary at the end of it.
February 20, 2023: Google has now blocked all Meet extensions that helped with the grid view including the ones mentioned below. These extensions no longer work and the only alternative seems to be the native tiled view within Google. However, this tiled view will be reduced to 12 viewers when someone is presenting in your meeting regardless of your current settings. There seems to be no workaround to enable all 49 participants in the grid view while someone is presenting. If you are keen on using this feature, then you can always drop a feature request with Google regarding the same at this link.
Google Meet allows you to view up to 16 participants during conference calls in a grid format. For groups of larger numbers, users had to rely on a Google Chrome extension that imitated a Zoom-like grid view. This extension worked on any Chromium-based browser including Google Chrome, Brave Browser, Microsoft Edge, and Vivaldi.
However, several users have been facing problems trying to access the Grid view functionality using the extension that we mentioned earlier. If you’re one of those who can’t seem to use the grid layout in Google Meets using the extension, then the following post will help you solve the problem.
Related: Top 7 Google Meet Chrome extensions!
Grid View stopped working?
A new fix for Grid View not working!
May 27, 2023: Many users of the Grid View extension are reporting that for the last few days that the extension suddenly stopped working on them. In fact, there are several copies of the extension and all of them have stopped working. Thankfully, a fix is available.
All you need to do to fix the issue is install 1.31 or newer version of Chris Gamble extension (here). Whether you have Chris Gamble’s extension or any other extension, uninstall it, and then install the v1.31+ version of the extension as suggested above.
Now, enable Developer mode in the top right. And then search for the extension by typing ‘grid’ in the search box. You can check its version now. It should be version 1.31 or newer (we have v1.32 in the screenshot below).
Make sure all the participants in the meeting have updated their Grid View extension to 1.31 or newer, and that they are using Chris Gamble’s extension only.
Multiple Grid View extensions detected. Please uninstall duplicates
If you are getting a duplicates error because multiple Grid View extensions were installed, here’s is how you can fix it.
Else, open the Extensions page and search for grid. Uninstall all the Grid extensions you see.
How to fix Google Meet Grid View problems
Solution 1: Use the new Google Meet Grid View extension
The Google Chrome Grid View extension that we mentioned in the earlier was last updated on April 17 and several users are reporting issues with that particular version of the extension. If you’re one of the users who’s encountering an issue with Grid view on Google Meet, we suggest you disable the earlier extension and install the new Google Meet Grid View extension developed by Chris Gamble.
Generally, all your Chrome extensions are updated automatically but it’s fair to say that they get updated when Chrome schedules it. For instance, the new Google Meet Grid View extension was updated on April 30, 2023, and if you want for Chrome to update that for you, then you might get the new extension update a day later.
However, you can manually update your extensions by typing chrome://extensions on your browser’s address bar, pressing the Enter key, tapping on the Developer mode, and then hitting the Update button at the top. This will update your Google Meet Grid View extension as well as others installed on your browser.
Solution 3: Disabling and re-enabling the extension again
If the manual Grid View layout that you installed through the Chrome extension doesn’t work for you, then you can try disabling it and re-enabling it on Google Chrome. You can do so by typing chrome://extensions on your browser’s address bar, hitting the Enter key and disabling the toggle at the bottom of the Google Meet Grid View extension box. After disabling, you can re-enable the extension by switching the toggle to ON position.
Solution 4: Uninstall Grid View extension
If disabling and re-enabling the Google Meet extension doesn’t work, then you should try uninstalling it and then re-installing it again. To uninstall it, enter chrome://extensions on your browser’s address bar and tap on the Remove button inside the Google Meet Grid View extension box. Once the extension is removed, you can install it back again by following Solution 1 from above.
It’s important you install the grid view extension by Chris Gamble only, as he is the original author of the script that is being used in other (duplicate) extensions on the Web Store.
Solution 5: Install the original Google Meet Grid View
Chrome extensions are always experimental at best and if the new Google Meet Grid View extension doesn’t work for you, then you should try installing the old ‘Google Meet Grid View‘ Chrome extension that was last updated on April 17.
This is an older version of the Grid View feature and it’s based on the same user script and chances are that it could work for you. You can install the extension in a similar fashion to how you installed the extension on Solution 1.
Note: We do not recommend this method anymore as it may result in ‘Duplicates’ error. But in case you wish to install this old extension, remove the one from Chris Gamble — the one which we recommend — so that there is no mix-up in their working.
Solution 6: Use a new Google Chrome user profile
With the release of iOS 14, Apple has introduced a new Apple Translate app that is competing directly with the Google Translate app (Android/iOS). The app features a clean UI with excellent features including a translate mode, the ability to save phrases, offline translation, and more. In this article, we are going to put these two apps head-to-head to see which app you should use for your translation needs. Read along as we bring you Apple Translate vs Google Translate to find out which translation app is better.Apple Translate vs Google Translate: The One to Choose
We are going to compare Apple Translate and Google Translate on various fronts. We have created sections for each feature comparison. Here are all the points that we are going to cover in this article:
With all that said, let’s get to our comparison, shall we?1. User Interface
While Google Translate is also easy to use, I found Apple’s design language more pleasant to use. One thing that I like more about Google Translate is the copy button that lets you easily copy translated text. In Apple Translate, you have to hold and select the text as you do anywhere in the iOS UI. It’s not hard, but it’s also not as easy as Google’s offering.
Overall, I feel that anyone can get accustomed to using both these apps in minutes. So I won’t give this point to either service. It’s just a matter of personal preference. I prefer Apple’s execution, but you might lean more towards Google’s design language. The good thing is that both apps are easy to use.2. Language Support
On the other hand, Google Translate supports most major languages in the world. Currently, you can translate between 103 languages, a feat that Apple will need at least a few years to even come close to beating. That said, there are nuances that you should keep in mind.
Out of 103 supported languages, only 43 languages support bilingual conversations on the fly. While it is still more than Apple’s 11 languages, you should keep this in mind. The 103 language support is for text conversion and not real-time conversation translation.3. Accuracy
This was a hard feature for me to test. It’s because Apple Translate doesn’t support any Indian languages right now. So, I didn’t know how accurate the translations it gave were. Also, since the accuracy of translation can change depending on the language you are using, it becomes hard to determine the overall accuracy of any translation app.
So, I called my friend who is well-versed in French and German, and asked him to help with the tests. According to him, both Google Translate and Apple Translate were on-par with the results. While both the apps made mistakes, they were good enough to allow you to have a simple conversation with a person in other languages.
4. Offline Support
Both Google and Apple support offline translation. This is a very handy feature as it allows you to continue the conversation without requiring any network connection. Apple supports offline translation for all its supported languages.
You will need to download the language pack by tapping on the download button before you can access this feature, so keep that in mind.
5. Other Features
Since Apple Translate is a newbie, it’s quite bare-bones in its feature set. You can either type or speak text to translate. Google Translate on the other hand has been around for years and offers way more input options.
Apart from text and speech, you can also translate the text inside images by capturing or importing photos (works with 50 languages). It also supports handwriting recognition, thus allowing you to draw text characters instead of typing (works with 95 out of 103 supported languages).
Both Google and Apple Translate allow you to favorite phrases, making it easier to access the most used phrases. But, Google also syncs the phrasebook between app and desktop, which gives it a leg up, as Apple Translate doesn’t seem to have a desktop app right now. I also love the copy button that lets me easily copy the translated phrase.
Also, Google Translate is cross-platform. That means you can use it on your Android and iOS smartphone. You can’t do this with Apple Translate as it’s only available on iOS. If you are going by the breadth of features, Google Translate is certainly on top.Frequently Asked Questions Q. What is the most accurate translation app?
This is a hard question to answer as accuracy varies depending on the languages that you are using. That being said, Google Translate offers the best translations for the most number of languages, so it might be the one.Q. Is there a better app than Google Translate?
Currently, there’s no better app than Google Translate. But Apple Translate is very good, and as more and more languages are supported in the future, it will give a serious completion to Google.Q. What is the best real-time translator?
Both Google Translate and Apple Translate support real-time translation. However, Google Translate works with 43 languages when using real-time translation, while Apple’s offering only supports 11 right now. Keeping that in mind, Google Translate is the winner and the best real-time translator app right now.Q. Is iTranslate translator free? Q. What is the best voice translator App?
Both Apple Translate and Google Translate, along with third-party translation apps like iTranslate, support voice translation. They all work great, and there is no way to crown an app as the best voice translator app as there are too many variables. Google Translate is the one that comes the closest, so you should check it out.Apple Translate vs Google Translate: Which One to Choose
It’s clear that while Apple Translate is an excellent translation app, Google is still the king here. It not only supports more languages but also offers more input options. It also works cross-platform which is a huge benefit.
That being said, if you only use Apple devices and your needs are met with 11 supported languages, I don’t see why you need to switch to Google Translate. The biggest flaw of Google Translate is the privacy concerns that come attached with any Google Product.
So, if you don’t want to offer your data to Google, and are happy with Apple’s limited offering, stick with Apple Translate. For the rest of the world, Google Translate will still make a better travel companion.
Web browsers are face to the internet on our computer. You need browsers to perform daily tasks like searching for information or checking emails. Considering your work and functionality requirements, you can choose the browser which best caters your requirements. As we all know there is a long list of available browsers, the popular ones include Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge as both of them have to offer great support for their users.
Microsoft offers Edge is a default browser in Windows 10 replacing the iconic and ill-fated Internet Explorer. Whereas Chrome is a benchmark browser from Google that works of all platforms. Both of them having their own respective perks and features, but still there is a lot of space to compare and choose the best suitable browser.
In this article, let us do some comparison between Edge and Chrome about performance, capability and features.1. Brief introduction Microsoft Edge
Although Microsoft Edge is a new browser, it still delivers great performance and efficiency for Windows users. With a wide range of features and growing extension library, Edge is now linked with Windows 10 internal tools such as OneNote and Cortana. Furthermore, the browser is safer and secure as it features powerful anti-phishing technology as well.
The browser now features tab casting and accessibility restrictions for websites along with the facility of Windows Defender Guard Application.Google Chrome 2. Performance
On certain occasions, Chrome will crash like when you have large number of open tabs. Here we have not noticed Edge crashes like Chrome.
Learn more on how to fix slow Edge and Chrome browsers.3. Features
Starting with exciting and helpful features of Google Chrome, you can now create multiple accounts, sync data automatically and take benefit from the built-in PDF viewer. On the other hand, Edge lets you to browse easily through their casting feature which makes it simple to pin websites over taskbar, manage website permissions and edit URLs as well.
Similar to Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge allows you to avail automatic form fill facility, mute tabs and clutter free printing. Furthermore, Edge now has improved eBook reading experience and annotation feature combined with complete Cortana support as well.4. Security
Although both of the browsers are developed with high end security protocols, we could find no certain weakness or data handling threats for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. According to the cybersecurity reports available online, Microsoft Edge has to offer the strongest browser security and is faster as compared to Google Chrome.
Though Google Chrome is popular among individual users across world, it is yet to be recognized in corporate world. This is not mainly due to Chrome’s security; it completely depends on company’s ability to shift the interfaces they have with Edge to Chrome. For individual users, Chrome’s malware scanner and cleanup tool are good tools to protect the computer from malicious sites on the internet.5. Design and User Interface
Google updated Chrome to a sleek design with version 70 making it more appealing than ever. It is also very easy to use similar functions on Mac and Windows without getting lost. There are some annoying features still left over like no option to remove the history thumbnails on the new tab page.
Edge has a blended app design to mix with Windows 10 interface. Unfortunately Windows 10 still offers Internet Explorer 11 making it two browsers. Many of the corporates and governments still use IE11, as they can’t upgrade all their systems to match with Edge. Also when you want to repair Edge, you need to navigate to Windows settings for doing that. This makes very clear the entire user interface depends on Windows 10 platform instead of making platform independent browser.
In our opinion, browser can’t succeed globally when it depends on a platform like Edge on Windows and Safari on macOS. This reflects clearly in the browser’s market share that 65% of users use Chrome while less than 15% of the people uses Edge. This is the fact despite Windows 10 being used by 40% of the desktop users.6. Developer Friendly
Both the browsers offer developer console for analyzing and auditing web pages. Edge has simple developer console, as Microsoft is the main developer of the browser. While Chrome has end-to-end developer console integrated with many useful features.
Unfortunately Edge does not support some of the latest CSS attributes and has very few experimental features. On other hand Chrome has different channels for releasing developer and canary version in addition to large number of experimental flags that you can try directly on the stable version.7. SEO Features
Chrome developer tools has an integrated SEO auditing feature with Lighthouse extension. You can do the SEO auditing directly from the browser. Also Google pushes webmasters to improve the page loading speed on Chrome by referring the Chrome User Experience report.
Edge is not much relevant to SEO, as Microsoft don’t link Bing and Edge in any terms.8. Extensions and Themes
Google has a dedicated Web Store for Chrome offering thousands of themes and extensions for free as well as premium. Though these extensions tend to slow down or cause other problems, you may find them very useful for doing your chores.
Microsoft by default discourages using extensions to protect the browser from unnecessary vulnerabilities. Even you want to install, there are hardly few you could find in Windows Store making them not attractive.
Similarly you can find large collection of theme for Chrome browser while Edge has not many options.9. Integration with Apps
Since extensions are not supported as an important function, Edge lags in integrating with the popular Microsoft productivity tools like Skype or Office packages. On other hand, Google make use of Chrome as a marketing platform by adding Gmail and apps on the home page.
Since Gmail is the most popular mail application, users tend to use Chrome and sync the activities using single sign on feature.10. Availability on All Platforms
Microsoft does not offer Edge on macOS. Also, Edge app was released very late on Android and iOS devices. Google’s major strength is to have Android and iOS apps from long back. Most importantly, once you sign in to one of the app, Google will automatically use the details when you use Chrome on mobile devices.
Though this will touch upon privacy, it offers an easy way to use the browser as a single user.11. Privacy Conclusion
By comparing performance, security and efficiency of Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome, we have found that both of these browsers deliver high end adaptability and unique browsing experience. Considering your work requirements and adaptability aspects, you can choose any of the browser by focusing on the aspects as explained in this article.
In our opinion, Edge is the best browser when you strict your activities within Windows 10. Chrome makes your world bigger with easier integrations with Google’s top apps like Gmail. Also Chrome supports all the latest web developments and offers platform independent experience. This makes Chrome to stand out in the crowd and attract most users towards it.
Cloud Storage has made maintaining and storing the data simple. In the process, it saves you the cost of buying multiple Hard Drives and other physical storage devices. Cloud computing, in general, can be defined as a system to store data on cloud servers instead of physical devices.
There are notable services in the tech industry such as Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive. In this article, we are putting neutral facts of Google Drive and OneDrive, to help you in making your decision.OneDrive vs Google Drive comparison
Google Drive and OneDrive, for the most part, offer you the same set of features but in a different manner so let’s get to know the difference based on certain parameters. These are:
Syncing Technology and Facilities
Free Storage space availability
Paid storage space availability
Let’s start with the first aspect.1] Syncing Technology and Facilities
When we compare OneDrive and Google Drive, speed enthusiasts may find Google drive a bit inferior. As OneDrive uses a superior file syncing technology called Block Level Copying. It breaks files into smaller packages, so instead of the entire file, its fragmented packages get uploaded. Therefore, the time required for syncing is less.
On the other hand, Google Drive does basic syncing and is a little inferior to OneDrive. However, if you are an Android user, you can look past its slow speed because of the ease-of-syncing.
If you are already using the Microsoft Productivity suite, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word then syncing the file is easier in OneDrive as compared to that in Google Drive.
On the other hand, if you are using Google WorkPlace productivity suite such as Docs, Sheets, Slides then Google Drive is what you will find better.
However, if you are not able to decide whether to go for Google Workplace suite or Microsoft 365 set of applications, check out this comparative study.
Google Drive and OneDrive, for the most part, offer the same syncing facilities. You can easily sync files on the cloud with simple steps on both Google Drive and OneDrive. These files are easily accessible. So, your decision in this parameter will boil down to your priorities, whether you like speed or ease-of-syncing, whether you like Google Workplace or Microsoft 365.2] Free Storage Space Availability
When we compare the free storage space availability, you get 5 GB of free storage on OneDrive, whereas, Google One Drive offers you 15 GB free storage space. So when it comes to free storage space availability, Google Drive offers you more space to store your data including files, media, and especially photos.
Therefore, if you are not going to buy their respective subscription, Google Drive is a straightaway winner, just because of the fact that it has more storage.3] Paid Storage
For most users, Paid Storage will be the deciding factor. So, let us talk about that.
In the case of OneDrive, you will get two categories, For Home and For Business. If you want to buy OneDrive for your home or personal use then you have to choose between four tiers, they are:
Microsoft 365 Famly: It has a total of 6 TB and comes at $99.99 per year (or $9.99 a month and first month free).
Microsoft 365 Personal: It has a total of 1TB and comes at $69.99 per year (or $6.99 a month).
OneDrive Standalone 100 GB: It has a total of 100 GB and comes at $1.99 a month
OneDrive Basic 5 GB: It has a total of 5 GB and is free.
However, plans change if you are planning to buy OneDrive for your business. They are:
OneDrive for Business (Plan 1): It has a total of 1 TB per user and comes at $5/user/month.
OneDrive for Business (Plan 2): It has unlimited storage and comes at $10/user/month.
Microsoft 365 Business Basic: It has a total of 1 TB per user for $5/user/month for annual commitment ($6/user/month for monthly commitment), and comes with Web and Mobile Office apps.
Microsoft 365 Business Standard: It has a total of 1 TB per user for $12.5/user/month for annual commitment ($15/user/month for monthly commitment), and comes with Office apps.
On the other hand, Google streamlines everything. You will get 15 GB of free storage and can upgrade to paid plans. The prices start from $2 (for 100 GB) and $ 9 (for 2 TB and comes with added Google Benefits.
So, the decision is up to you.4] Collaboration
But if you are familiar with OneDrive’s Productivity apps that include PowerPoint, Excel, and Word then it may be easier for you to work on OneDrive. OneDrive also has a mobile app, just like Google Drive, to manage your data, whenever and wherever you want. But, the problem with OneDrive is that it does not integrate third-party applications.
However, in both cases, you can share your work with your colleagues. So, no winner here.5] Privacy
On the other hand, Microsoft also has the right to scan your informational data to prevent objectional data from entering but if you are a person who wants their privacy to be protected at any cost then OneDrive is a better choice.6] Back-up Limitation
When using Google Drive, you can back-up your contact list and calendar events along with your phone’s media with a single toggle key.
In comparison to Google Drive, OneDrive has some limitations as you can only back-up your devices’ media such as video and photos. But you can have more power over the media’s quality.
Read: Microsoft 365 vs Google Workspace.Verdict
Both OneDrive and Google Drive are good Cloud services. However, if you are in a large business then OneDrive is better because of its fast upload, more storage, and security, but for everyone else, Google Drive is a better option.
Another thing you need to make sure of before going for either of them, which productivity suite you use. For Google Workplace users, Google Drive is better, for Microsoft 365 users, OneDrive is perfect.
Hopefully, this has helped in making your decision.
Read Next: Google Drive vs Dropbox.
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