Irony alert: Microsoft Office skills needed for some of Google's jobs

Earlier this week, we reported that Google's Amit Singh, the head of their Enterprise division, believes that the company can get 90 percent of the businesses that use Microsoft Office to start using their own Google Apps products for their productivity software needs. It's an ambitious goal, but before they achieve it, they might start looking into hiring people in their own company that have skills in Google Apps.

As GeekWire.com points out, Google has a number of currently open job positions that require people to have some experience in using various Microsoft Office software. Just one example is listed on Google's job website for a new Insights and Innovation Analyst in the Partner Solutions division. Under "preferred qualifications", the job listing states:

3 years experience analyzing large data sets; proficient with analytical and presentation tools, including Excel (mastering pivot tables, graphs, and functions) and PowerPoint.

Of course, Microsoft Office has been the biggest force in the productivity software industry for decades and it stands to reason that any employer, even Google, would want someone with those skills if they are needed. However, it will likely be a long time before Google will start advertising for open positions with experience in just Google Apps.

Source: Geekwire | Image via Microsoft

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how does MS build Office for Mac? Hire people with no mac and coding experience on it??
this article is stupid.

office has tons of apis for enterprise. Office can do things that the usual user would NEVER even see... anyone who has ever done VBA knows what i'm talking about. The truth be told is the common home user would probably be just as well served by office 97 as 2010

Seriously, this is called ART of WAR lists # 1. Learn from your enemy. Google is hiring EXCEL expert because this person will show Google how to make their spreadsheet productivity program.

Our company started out with Google's software, but, as our company grew a little larger, we simply moved ahead with microsoft and dumped google.

Unfortunately, the company I work for (which is a huge corporation) did the opposite. Since they are stupid and super cheap, they switched to Google, and we've experienced nothing but headaches and major drop in productivity ever since. Google's software is not meant for enterprise even though they claim it is. Lots of emails and attachments missing, documents are not compatible and vice-versa, their communication platform is major lacking, and the list goes on and on. It's absolutely ridiculous. Also, the amount of security breaches we've experienced are crazy. I previously worked for a company who was full blown with Office/Exchange/Lync/SharePoint/etc. and it was amazing and wonderful experience, and I truly miss that. I highly recommend everyone to NOT use Google, and use Office 365... if you don't believe me compare yourself.

j2006 said,
Unfortunately, the company I work for (which is a huge corporation) did the opposite. Since they are stupid and super cheap, they switched to Google, and we've experienced nothing but headaches and major drop in productivity ever since. Google's software is not meant for enterprise even though they claim it is. Lots of emails and attachments missing, documents are not compatible and vice-versa, their communication platform is major lacking, and the list goes on and on. It's absolutely ridiculous. Also, the amount of security breaches we've experienced are crazy. I previously worked for a company who was full blown with Office/Exchange/Lync/SharePoint/etc. and it was amazing and wonderful experience, and I truly miss that. I highly recommend everyone to NOT use Google, and use Office 365... if you don't believe me compare yourself.

Of course it's great, IF you have someone on staff to manage that or handle upgrades for new features. Also office 365 is more expensive. I agree that MS will be better, but different priorities for different businesses. As for losing emails and hacks, I've implemented GAFE at 2 different schools and have never had that issue. Compatibility I definitely agree with you. They supposedly had a big compatibility update, but I'm not holding breath.

I just don't see it happening for some reason. We are moving away from Google Apps to Office/SharePoint/Exchange only. It started as a quick place to share documents and ideas for a new business but as we started growing, Google quickly started showing it's weaknesses and limitations. In my opinion, when it comes to Office products, it's hard to beat the native app experience. The web apps and cloud storage are a nice *additions* but I just don't see that many businesses flocking over. Quite the contrary.

Furthermore, Microsoft is already way ahead of the game with Office 365 and their own cloud offerings. They have the Office experience for over 20 years. I just don't see Google stealing their crown so easily and leaving them in the dust. Not with Office.

Obry said,
I just don't see it happening for some reason. We are moving away from Google Apps to Office/SharePoint/Exchange only. It started as a quick place to share documents and ideas for a new business but as we started growing, Google quickly started showing it's weaknesses and limitations. In my opinion, when it comes to Office products, it's hard to beat the native app experience. The web apps and cloud storage are a nice *additions* but I just don't see that many businesses flocking over. Quite the contrary.

Furthermore, Microsoft is already way ahead of the game with Office 365 and their own cloud offerings. They have the Office experience for over 20 years. I just don't see Google stealing their crown so easily and leaving them in the dust. Not with Office.


Microsoft's offerings will be the leading products for a long time to come seeing how their main revenue is coming from the Office products.

Even if they lag behind in terms of features (as opposed to compatibility, which obviously - due to nativeness - will most likely always be better) one day, seeing how they are so reliant on the product they will always invest all resources available to them to get the lead again.

Microsoft is your best bet for Office, people.
It might sound boringly conservative, but there's a reason they are king in their game.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Microsoft's offerings will be the leading products for a long time to come seeing how their main revenue is coming from the Office products.

Even if they lag behind in terms of features (as opposed to compatibility, which obviously - due to nativeness - will most likely always be better) one day, seeing how they are so reliant on the product they will always invest all resources available to them to get the lead again.

Microsoft is your best bet for Office, people.
It might sound boringly conservative, but there's a reason they are king in their game.

GS:mac

My sentiments exactly. Microsoft has been in this game for a long time (i.e. >20 years). Their product is very stable, and built on two decades of feedback and improvement.

The alternatives (mainly Google Docs and LibreOffice/OpenOffice) are good products, but they are also much newer products, and as such not as stable or feature complete. They're basically playing a perpetual game of catch-up.

If Microsoft ever got one thing right, it was Office.

Just because those skills are on a job posting doesn't mean they are needed. They may just simply be a way of gauging a person's skill level. If you are good with PowerPoint, you must be good with presentation tools. If you are good with Excel, you must have good analytic skills. Either way, the headline is misleading.

PotatoJ said,
Just because those skills are on a job posting doesn't mean they are needed.

Sorry, but I am totally lost with that comment of yours. If a company asked for a specific set of skills, you better have it to be considered a candidate for that position. In addition, companies like Google, Microsoft, large engineering firms or oil companies, will look into those qualifications; it is not a game.

Well, Microsoft Office is incredibly powerful and the basic tools (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) are by far the best available in their respective categories.