Which solution is better for an educational organization: Google Workspace or Microsoft Intune?

Hello community, 

I am the Technology Support Manager for a large educational organization.

We already own Intune as we are a Microsoft house but we are looking to purchase Chromebooks in large quantities, so we want to utilize Intune to manage the devices. We were wondering what would be the pros and cons for either solution. At the moment I am swayed to use Intune as it would be a cost-saving vs using Google Workspace for education. 

Please let me know your thoughts.

Thank you for your help.

Manager, Technology Support at EL Paso Independent School District
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3 Answers
Ronald Chavez - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Services
Top 10
Apr 11, 2023

Microsoft Intune only supports the following operating systems: Android -iOS/iPadOS-Linux-macOS-Windows and Chrome OS, View and take action on the company and school-owned Chrome OS devices Use the Chrome Enterprise connector with Microsoft Intune After you establish a connection, you can: 

  • Sync device information between the Google Admin console and Microsoft Intune.

  • View device information in your device inventory lists in the Microsoft Intune admin center.

  • Apply remote actions, such as deprovision, restart, lost mode, and wipe in the admin center.

  • Access to the Google Admin console

  • Permission to manage Chrome OS Devices (opens Google Workspace Admin Help)

  • One of these roles:

    • Intune Service Administrator

    • Custom Intune role, with Chrome Enterprise update connection settings permission.

I hope to be helpful

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Dhiraj Verma - PeerSpot reviewer
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Apr 10, 2023

I agree with @Saiyed Shahab Ahmed​. You should also consider the management overhead of having multiple productivity tools. 

Chief Digitalization Executive at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Apr 10, 2023

Intune is more recommended for Microsoft OS or Microsoft products. On Chromebooks, if you are going with Google tech stack of Office apps, Google Workspace will be your go-to option in this case. 

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