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When you open a Microsoft Office application, you know what you're going to get. Whether you're working from a PC, a browser or a smartphone, the way the software functions is familiar and consistent. You don't have to fret as to whether you're seeing the Office document as it was intended. Productivity software is built to help people communicate. It's more than just the words in a document or presentation; it's about the tone, style and format you use to convey an overall message. People often entrust important information in these documents -- from board presentations to financial analyses to book reports. You should be able to trust that what you intend to communicate is what is being seen.
Converting Office files into Google Apps is a gamble. See what happens below when our friend is given the opportunity to take the gamble.
On the web:
Why take the gamble on converting your Office files to Google Docs when you can use Microsoft Office and the Microsoft Office Web Apps to create, share and edit your Office files with your content intact? Converting Office files into Google Apps is a gamble. Don't take our word for it; see for yourself. Below is a document created in Microsoft Office 2013 that we opened in both Google Docs and the Office Word Web Apps so you can see the difference:
As you can see, you can lose quite a bit when opening Microsoft Office files in Google Docs including text boxes, columns, graphics, image placement, watermarks, charts, text, spacing and more. The experience with both Excel and PowerPoint files is similar. Check out live side-by-side demos showing some examples here:
PowerPoint Web Apps vs. Google Presentations
Excel Web App vs. Google Spreadsheets
Word Web App vs. Google Documents
On a tablet:
Consistency and trust are really important when you choose a set of tools to help you communicate. Given the importance of mobile devices in our lives, that consistency and trust now extend to our phones and tablets. That is why we recently announced that we are bringing more of the Office experience to the Office Web Apps including the ability to edit and create Office files using the Office Web Apps on Android tablets-in addition to mobile devices in the Windows ecosystem and the iPad. Soon you will have the same consistency and familiarity of Office Web Apps on your tablet of choice. Google, on the other hand, only supports Android and iOS mobile devices. It provides you with two different experiences depending on whether you want to edit Google's proprietary format, Google Docs or Microsoft Office files, Quickoffice. Each has separate compatibility issues. Our goal with the Office Web Apps is to provide people a reliable familiar experience to create Office documents from start to finish, all from the web and to deliver the tools that customers need to be productive anytime and anywhere.
Below is a screenshot of a document created in Microsoft Word 2013 and opened with QuickOffice on an iPad next to the same document opened with the Word Web App on the iPad.
Google Quickoffice does not convert Office files well due to its extremely limited feature set. As you can see, Quickoffice has different yet equally significant formatting and data loss issues compared to that of Google Docs.
With a viewer:
The last gamble with Google is how the company helps you view Microsoft Office documents using their file viewers. Even this is a gamble that may be too risky to take. Google has two Office file viewers: one is embedded into Google Drive, and the second is a new beta application that is part of the Google Chrome browser.
As you can see, even these simple viewers fail to provide you with an adequate picture of the content in the Office file even to the extent of merging two separate pages of the document in the Google Drive Office preview application.
Why gamble with your time and Office content? When you build and share compelling, accurate, and impactful information, make sure you get what you bargained for.
Keep an eye out for more to come on whether Google has the features and skills to play the productivity game...
Can you share the office file so I can see for myself as the screenshots are a bit small. Thanks!!
@reynout, you can download the files from the links live links in the post. We have three example documents including the Word document in the screenshots.
Of course a Word doc will look better on OWA compared to Google Docs. it's basically the same product on a different platform.
Word might be great for very professional use (fancy reports with the sales graphs going up ect...) but when it comes to basic text editing, the things people use 90% of the time, Google Docs is way more practical and easier (I've used both and I'm only using Word nowadays if someone sends me a Docx file with a lot of graphic content in it).
Btw: I'm making small reports myself every week and it's a true pain in the ass using MS Word. I never know where the images are gonna show up or how its gonna mess up my document. Learn to make a decent wysiwyg text editor first.
Hah... I actually enjoyed the video. I do, however, think that Google is a great alternative to Office, even though Office 365 is a great product. Another good comparison surfaced here http://www.whichvoip.com/blog/ today too.
I just started using Office 2013, thanks to a new job that came with many software bonuses, among other perks. I love that the interface didn't change too extensively and the actual apps seem to be a touch faster than the 2010 suite. The ability to use the applications virtually in Office 365 is a great addition by Microsoft (though it is slower compared to Google Drive, in my experience).
I did my own test today to check for incompatibility issues and I found that very little (if any) is lost in the transition between Word and Google Docs. Most standard elements and formats transpose to the exact same representation between the two programs. After all, Google Docs natively supports .DOCX file types. However, when it comes to PowerPoint, more advanced elements within the Word application don’t always port to a Google Docs Presentation.
One thing Google does have over Microsoft is the ability to install extra applications for entertainment, like Pixlr or UJAM. There are also applications for assisting business projects like a variety of PM applications and even software like GeoGebra for finding the relationship between equations that has application for education as well.
Overall, regarding the relationship of the core products between the two providers, I have to agree Office is better. However, I think Microsoft should take the hint from Google and open the platform to include more apps. (Maybe do this with the Windows Mobile Marketplace too as they’re slacking compared to Google Play and the Apple App Store.)
By embracing Microsoft Office, customers get a powerful set of tools that support the entire spectrum of productivity use cases, from the most basic to the advanced. By contrast, Google Docs has deficiencies. These gaps are just not advanced features
Although this may be true, there are a few important discrepancies. First, Google Docs is free for the casual consumer. Second, this would not happened if you simply started creating documents from now on in Google Docs. Third, the ease of use is far more intuitive using Google Docs. Fair arguments am I right?
This was an unnecessary blog post. While it won't really mean much, this was the one that caused me to unsubscribe from your RSS feed.
I have not idea why Microsoft is trying to accomplish by publishing this kind of article. It's already your territory. I think they want to get embarrassed again like froodles initiative. This article is nothing but waste of resource and time.
And yes, as always funny "Rob Schneider"
google and you better admit right and ready
Love that you're bashing Google but using the YouTube player in your post. How bad can they be?
Office web apps are free, just go to sydrive.com. I feel office as intuitive as Google as Office is. Intuitiveness is a question of taste and subjective.
Stop attacking google, I ll still be using google docs. Stop selling your ugly windows 8 bathroom tiles. Gmail is the best.
FINALLY. The fish is in a small tank and everybody is watching it close. Great demo. Way to go Office and Microsoft!!
Honestly not a very reliable environment. I have lost a multitude of file changes. Can not install a second install (I have five) because I keep getting a message like my connection is slow. Not the case. The Office 365 Word constantly freezes, or does not load. This webware is the worst software/webware in recent memory as far as I am concerned. Money wasted unless there is a quick fix I am missing.....