I thought it would be useful to compare the interim Glow/Microsoft Office 365 solution with the work which has been going on with Glew recently. This comparison is based on the information available in public domain from Education Scotland, Microsoft and Google.
|Glow(2012-2013)/Microsoft 365||Glew/Google Apps|
OpenID(coming soon integration with Facebook/Twitter IDs)
RM Unify (with user apps store in development)
Glew Service Launchpad (with 40+ user apps in library and more in development, and soon a user accessible API to develop your own apps).
Exchange online with full mobile experience – email, calendar, web-app, 25Gb email storage per user
Gmail with full Exchange mobile functionality, 25Gb per user. Dedicated mobile apps Android.
Lync online service – peer to peer video coms, Presence and IM, integration with Exchange and Sharepoint online, usable on mobile devices
Google Talk – peer-to-peer video, chat, presence and IM, fully integrated with Gmail contacts and Drive. Supported on iOS and Android.Google Hangouts/Hangouts on Air
Sharepoint online – 512Mb personal plus 512Mb pooled data storage
Google Drive – 5Gb per user of storage
Unlimited Google Docs storage
Office Web Apps – online browser based versions of the familiar MS Office suite including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote. This will remove the requirement to have an underlying MS Office installation on a device, however when the apps are on the client, they will work together.
Google Docs – (Wordprocessor, Spreadsheet, Presentations, Forms, Drawings, Google Script automation) support for MS Office document formats. Mobile support and dedicated mobile apps.Google Apps Script to allow automation of tasks.
Blogging and Wiki tools with social networking integration (in Sharepoint)
WordPress Blogs and seprate ePortfolio WordPress Blogs.MediaWiki (software used to run Wikipedia).
Powerful document collaboration including multi-user editing facilities (but not in browser currently, requires desktop application – Office 2010+)
Realtime collaboration/editing of documents enabled in browser, commenting, sharing and notifications of activity via email.
SharePoint based VLE system in development.
Moodle (worldclass opensource VLE as used by OpenUniversity, SQA Academy and many more). Integrated with Google Apps to provide learning repository.
No discussion forums
Google groups providing online and email discussion groups.
No Survey tool
Opensource LimeSurvey tool offering similar functions as SurveyMonkey.
No dedicated ePortfolio tool / blogs in Sharepoint
Mahara ePortfolio software and dedicated WordPress ePortfolio blogs.
Additional Nationally procured content.
Glew+ services accessible using Glew OpenId.- FlickR, Pixton, Wallwisher, Screener, GoAnimate and many more.