Survey reveals strong preference for Google Workspace over Microsoft 365 among college students

By SADA Says | Cloud Computing Blog

The generation that is now leaving college and starting their careers understands digital transformation like no other. After all, this is the cohort that emerged from two years of remote learning into a world of hybrid work and conferences in the cloud.

We wanted to know what productivity and collaboration tools these digital pioneers prefer. To find out, we commissioned a survey with an independent research firm, College Pulse, fielding 12 questions to 750 students at 52 colleges across America in June 2022. 

The results are in: these students preferred Google by a long shot. Among our findings, students surveyed revealed the following preferences: 

  • Google Docs (86%) over Microsoft Word (14%)
  • Google Slides (75%) over Microsoft PowerPoint (25%)
  • Google Sheets (62%) over Microsoft Excel (38%)

Our full report, available for download below, breaks down preferences primarily between Google and Microsoft productivity and collaboration tools, including spreadsheets, word processing, email, and presentation software. 

SADA Managing Director, Vertical Markets, Michael Ames initiated the survey and was struck by how resoundingly participants responded in favor of Google. “Google Workspace showed up for these students right when they most needed reliable tools to collaborate and produce school work,” says Ames. “As these students graduate and enter the workforce, business leaders looking to attract incoming talent would be smart to consider Google Workspace as a solution that this emerging workforce clearly prefers and has experience with.” 

The survey’s margin of error was +/- 4.1%.  To see more results and analysis, download Google Workspace vs. Microsoft 365: Tomorrow’s Workforce Weighs In. 

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