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Currently have 41 employee mailboxes on Google Apps free edition. Moving to Office 365 next weekend. We're a manufacturing company and my colleagues use the Google Drive for collaboration. They share Excel files, using Google Drive, and several people often work on the same file and make changes at the same time. This is how our production scheduling in currently done (using those Excel files). It is a critical part of our business, at this point. I am having Office 365 migration specialists assist me with the cutover next weekend.
 
Do you see any loss in collaboration functionality, or other potential concerns that might come up, after we move to Office 365, from Google?
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Allen Falcon earned 1500 total points
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Yes. Office365 does not have realtime collaboration with version management other than in live meetings.
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Just to clarify Allen's point MS with Office365 provides you with OfficeCommunicator that will allow you DesktopSharing and other stuff

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by:sharepointguru14
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No I don't think you will have any issue since you only mentioned excel. the excel web app allows coauthoring in real-time. This isn't a feature available in word yet however. But is available in onenote.
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by:bobox00
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Note that we will still be using our licensed versions of Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010, that are already installed on our computers.
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by:KoenVosters
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Co-Authoring will work in Word and PowerPoint 2010 client versions. Co-Authoring on Excel 2010 only works in the web version. The big advantage about being on O365 though is that when the new versions are pushed on 0365 you will have the 2013 versions.
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by:Allen Falcon
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Co-Authoring is different than real-time collaboration ... co-authoring uses tracked changes when documents are saved.   Real time collaboration lets you edit the same document at the same time, and see what the others are doing, in real time, as they type.
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by:sharepointguru14
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Allenfalcon,

I understand and you see this happen in the web version of excel and onenote.

You don't see it happen in word or powerpoint even using the clients
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by:bobox00
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My colleagues will need realtime collaboration, which will put the price of moving to Office 365, beyond what I would prefer at this point. Thanks for all your comments.
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