Office 365 alternative

Using Bitrix24 as free Office 365 alternative

Office 365 is a cloud office suite that combines online storage, document management, email, group collaboration and communication tools. Its pricing is rather complex and starts at $5/user/mo with annual commitment for Office 365 Small Business and goes as high as $22/user/mo for Office 365 Enterprise E4. As an office suite leader, Microsoft has got online document management right with Office 365, but as a collaborative platform, it's rather weak - there are no project management capabilities within Office 365, nor any sales or client management tools, like CRM and billing. Any time you want tools that are outside document management, like videoconferencing (Lync) or intranet (SharePoint) or social network (Yammer), you are forced to pay extra and upgrade your plan. Another serious Office 365 disadvantage is the fact that while every tool in the package (MS Office, SharePoint, MS Exchange, Lync, etc) is available both in cloud and on-premise, once you start using Office 365 in cloud, migrating your existing cloud instance to your own server is next impossible and very expensive. If you are looking for a free Microsoft Office 365 alternative, especially the one that is available both in cloud and on-premise, that comes with sales tools, Bitrix24 makes a perfect choice.

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Office 365


Free Plan 12 users
Cloud $5-$22/user/mo £186 / mo unlimited users
Self-hosted $$$-$$$$ 2,990 € one time fee
Online Storage $, 50GB - 1 TB Free/$, 5GB - 1 TB
Online Editing
Doc Management
File Sync
Company Drive
Google Docs
Social Network Yammer, $ Free
Intranet SharePoint, $ Free
Email Server Exchange, $ Free
Videoconference Lync, $ Free
Group Chat Lync/Yammer, $ Free
Calendars Outlook, $ Free
Wiki&KM SharePoint, $ Free
Records Management Infopath, $ Free
Meetings SharePoint, $ Free
CRM Free
Quotes&Invoices Free
Tasks&Projects Free
Time Management Free
HR Tools Free
Telephony/PBX Free
Company Pulse Free
Mobile App
Desktop App

Office 365 Pros

  • It's Microsoft
  • Great office suite
  • Integrations
  • Large community
  • Familiar

Office 365 Cons

  • Gets expensive fast
  • Tools are separate
  • No project management
  • Enterprise oriented
  • No free plan

Bitrix24 Advantages

  • Free for 12 users
  • CRM
  • Project Management
  • Telephony/PBX
  • Better collaboration

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