Microsoft tells you why Office is better than Google Docs [Video]

There is a war over Cloud right now and Microsoft and Google are fighting to get you to use their products. The two platforms, Google Docs and Office + SkyDrive each have their own benefits but Microsoft is attempting to sway you to their ship with the video posted below.

The video is composed of Microsoft's usual arguments about how SkyDrive + Office offers a better end user experience and avoids the frustration of Google Docs. While it's ultimately down to user preference, Microsoft makes a compelling argument to stick with SkyDrive + Office in the example below.

The video highlights use case scenarios and focuses in on a student project. The video shows how students can use the platform to collaborate on projects to help save time and improve efficiency. 

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I'm really tired of this "cloud" crap. What if I'm not within range of a free wireless network and I want to modify a document I've saved locally? What if the network I'm on is really slow and I want to get something done quickly? If they're going to make their office software free, then they should just give away copies of the install-able version and stop beating around the bush to cater to the "cloud" movement that everybody thinks is so cool right now.

P.S. If I want to use an online editor such as google docs then I find it superior. For desktop applications then it is easier to open up excel or word and do your thing.

I'm sorry but I have to give the upper hand to Google Docs. I use the excel version of it for business and other stuff and it works just fine. Unless your a power user I think the simplicity of google docs and easy access and tie in to your google account make it far easier. Also, I don't have to deal with that awful ribbon interface. It's also sluggish compared to Google docs.

Microsoft Office using Google Cloud Connect for Google Docs works well for me when I need something more polished than a Google doc file.

So I finally setup Onenote (today). And my god it is amazing. I tried GoogleDocs for a little bit, but it sucked balls.

A onenote document I created on my desktop shared with my gf, includes audio/video, pictures, etc., sycned directly to my phone. Now everytime she wants something on the shopping list she doesn't have to phone me and I have to write it out or email, etc.... loving it. That, plus my windows phone uploading to skydrive automatically... never utilized skydrive, but it's very cool.

I work in sales, and the last thing you should do is talk about competition, it makes you look scared and weak. While everything microsoft are saying is completely true, that's for the customer to infer, not for the microsoft team to say. if they don't have enough selling points to convey their message strongly enough without talking about the competition then their product isnt good enough.

in my opinion.

Maybe you are correct but I still see plenty of ads comparing one product to another. Not just in tech. Are they all desperate?

My excel spreadsheets load better on Google than they do on Skydrive Excel.

Namely Skydrive doesn't support freezing panes/rows so I don't seem to be able to freeze the column headings and scroll down?

I have too much documents on Google docs already to make a switch.. besides I only need simple documents, not fancy stuffs with images and graphics/charts

But I see their point if you are going to write a thesis or something fancier

Enron said,

Because she didn't have the Mac!


If that is sarcasm then thats halarious. However, if its not may Zeus(microsoft) strike you with a lightning bolt (malware) from the cloud above.

When MS brings One Note to Android, I might start using it again. Used it for 6+ years but switched to Google Docs because there is no One Note for Android.

babyHacker said,
When MS brings One Note to Android, I might start using it again. Used it for 6+ years but switched to Google Docs because there is no One Note for Android.

I agree. That's about the only thing keeping me with Evernote. Compared to OneNote, Evernote is inferior in every possible way. Except Android app, please.

mrpakiman said,
i liked how they included macs as well

Because unlike Apple, Microsofties don't hate other companies. Apple's maniacal hatred of everyone else will be their undoing.

KingCrimson said,

Because unlike Apple, Microsofties don't hate other companies. Apple's maniacal hatred of everyone else will be their undoing.

Haha. Thanks for the laugh, lol. Whew. MS doesn't hate other companies. That's rich.

farmeunit said,

Haha. Thanks for the laugh, lol. Whew. MS doesn't hate other companies. That's rich.

Sometimes it's quite unnerving growing up with MS as the villian but now the previously-adored Apple has usurped that throne...

farmeunit said,

Haha. Thanks for the laugh, lol. Whew. MS doesn't hate other companies. That's rich.


they do hate others, but from what i noticed of several decades of MS, they take oposing companies as a challenge not necessarily hatred.

farmeunit said,

Haha. Thanks for the laugh, lol. Whew. MS doesn't hate other companies. That's rich.

They may hate certain competition, but Apple probably ins't as hated as others. After all, Apple computers can all run Microsoft Windows (and some do), and Microsoft Office is one of the best selling application for Mac. They're making money off Apple.

The video is 100% TRUE.

I worked on various group projects,
- Charts and Tables copy pasted from Office
- Final Touches done in Office

Google Docs is a poor man's MS Wordpad

_Heracles said,
The video is 100% TRUE.

I worked on various group projects,
- Charts and Tables copy pasted from Office
- Final Touches done in Office

Google Docs is a poor man's MS Wordpad

We do a lot of group projects and Docs works just fine . . .

_Heracles said,
The video is 100% TRUE.

I worked on various group projects,
- Charts and Tables copy pasted from Office
- Final Touches done in Office

Google Docs is a poor man's MS Wordpad

i was in the same boat just last semester

Ambroos said,
We're supposed to use LaTeX at school

LaTeX has been and will continue to be the standard for academia. It's the best for typing out equations (though MS has gotten better) and for structuring the document. I used to use LaTeX a lot in school but not much since then.

Saex_Conroy said,
why does the black guy have a white laptop?

Same reason why the smart ass has a stupid comment

Saex_Conroy said,
why does the black guy have a white laptop?

Ask Steve Jobs why they don't make black (or any other color) MacBooks... oh wait...

Office Web Apps are light-years ahead of Google Docs.
And now that Office Starter is free to download, LibreOffice is useless for people who just want to write letters and plot some basic data (a.k.a. most people).

Aethec said,
Office Web Apps are light-years ahead of Google Docs.
And now that Office Starter is free to download, LibreOffice is useless for people who just want to write letters and plot some basic data (a.k.a. most people).

Free to download? Could you give us a link? Last time i checked Office Starter 2010 was only available to OEM's for preloading on Windows PCs...

Aethec said,
Office Web Apps are light-years ahead of Google Docs.
And now that Office Starter is free to download, LibreOffice is useless for people who just want to write letters and plot some basic data (a.k.a. most people).

I know most people don't use a presentation program or database, but the ad supported version is so limited that it actually might give their Office Web Apps the advantaged.

A list of features that it is missing:
Customizable quick access toolbar buttons in both programs
SmartArt
Math and equation editing
Full screen reading view in both programs, custom views in Excel Starter
Reference features (Citation, Bibliography etc.)
Tracked changes and comments
Compare and combining documents
Document permissions and protection
Automatic table of contents and table of figures or authorities
Macros
Add-ins
Any additional custom commands not exposed in the ribbon
Bookmarks
Cross references
Footnotes and endnotes
Captions and index
Signature line and digital signatures
AutoText
Content controls and objects
Building Blocks Organizer
Language packs to change the user interface
Built-in sharing via fax recipient or saving to SharePoint
PivotTables and PivotCharts in Excel Starter
Slicers in Excel Starter
Connections to external data, data validation rules, consolidated data and data tables in Excel Starter
Error checking, calculation steps and circular references in Excel Starter
Modifications to column and row headings in Excel Starter
Ability to toggle row groupings, panes and workbook windows in Excel Starter

Defoe Daniel said,

Free to download? Could you give us a link? Last time i checked Office Starter 2010 was only available to OEM's for preloading on Windows PCs...

If you click on an office app (word/excel) on a system that does not have office installed, the OS (I've only seen this on Win7) will automatically ask you if you want to install Office Starter. Works really well!

Soldier 95B said,
I find Google Storage just as simple as, if not more simple than Skydrive personally.

Who said they are talking about storage? Its about the application.

Soldier 95B said,
I find Google Storage just as simple as, if not more simple than Skydrive personally.

Obviously you didn't watch the video.

I love SkyDrive. It syncs so well with my Windows Phone 7 (HTC Radar). I can easily download (or upload) Word, Excel, Power Point, and One Note. Since it comes with 25 GB for free, I can upload pictures, music, and videos without worrying about storage in my phone.

Can't disagree, while Google docs might be great if you don't have Office, but if you do I can't imagine why you would anything other than Skydrive.

Office will always be best. All the alternatives are crap in comparison. Look at libreoffice, that thing is the slowest office suite ive ever seen.

Beyond Godlike said,
Office will always be best. All the alternatives are crap in comparison. Look at libreoffice, that thing is the slowest office suite ive ever seen.

Your comparing something thats free to something that can cost anything between £150 and £500, that's a tad unfair

thealexweb said,

Your comparing something thats free to something that can cost anything between £150 and £500, that's a tad unfair


Office web apps is free, what's what the video is about.

thealexweb said,

Your comparing something thats free to something that can cost anything between £150 and £500, that's a tad unfair


So in the end your argument is that something that's free doesn't have to be good. Or put in other words that something you pay for (also called proprietary software) is better than free software…

thealexweb said,

Your comparing something thats free to something that can cost anything between £150 and £500, that's a tad unfair

the office / skydrive is free so it is a good comparison.

thealexweb said,

Your comparing something thats free to something that can cost anything between £150 and £500, that's a tad unfair


The price of office at the student level is barely worth mentioning. A student could easily use their office installation for all 4 years of college at a cost of around $0.08/day or $30/year.

That is not prohibitive. Even if you get Home and Business which satisfies nearly every Office User and it, too, is usable for 4 years or more easily for $50/year or $0.13 per day.

Honestly, if you can't find $30 or $50 in value of increased productivity from using office over the other offerings (gDocs & Ooo/LibreOffice) I'll be amazed.

Colin McGregor said,

the office / skydrive is free so it is a good comparison.


Actually you'd need the installed version to do the advanced graphs the video refers to. Not free, but incredibly cheap.

thealexweb said,

Your comparing something thats free to something that can cost anything between £150 and £500, that's a tad unfair

Not really. Android is free, and it does a hell of a lot more than iOS.
Fact - sometimes you get what you "pay" for and sometimes you don't.

Free certainly isn't always better, but when it is better, I am glad its free. The reason office is so much better than any other option is simple. If those other options needed to work just like Office, then they wouldn't be free in the first place. They would have to license capabilities. Google Docs is great for simple tasks like a resume or letter. But for a professional doc? Office online is the best their is. In fact its so good, many can stop buying the desktop version.

And even if you need the desktop version for extended features, using them online with Office Online won't break any formatting like all those other Office apps.

So when the open source grown chimes in and speak on how great Open Office or Lebre-Office are. They need to consider this fact. If it was as good as MS Office, no business would ever buy MS Office licenses.

MrHumpty said,

Honestly, if you can't find $30 or $50 in value of increased productivity from using office over the other offerings (gDocs & Ooo/LibreOffice) I'll be amazed.

Well said. While I see a lot of comments on free vs. paid software, everyone needs to be clear on one thing: people who develop paid software have a much larger incentive to ensure a program meets its user's requirements. As such, most enterprise/commercial software is very high quality (although there are also some paid programs that are *worse* then their FOSS equivalents). That being said, free software *usually* is not up-to-par with commercially developed counterparts (those exceptions are the commonly known programs - Linux, 7zip, blender, etc...).

HOWEVER, in the case of Linux and Libre Office, it's clear that the open source community OVER TIME can easily create enterprise-quality software. The key thing here is time. You can't expect a brand new FOSS program to be the absolute best (although it can be).

TL,DR: Use the right tool for the job - paid or free. I use all three of Microsoft Office, Libre Office, and Google Documents, and feel that a good mix of free and paid software usually results in the best productivity for me.

Beyond Godlike said,
Office will always be best. All the alternatives are crap in comparison. Look at libreoffice, that thing is the slowest office suite ive ever seen.

Wanna make a bet that you are wrong?

Beyond Godlike said,
Office will always be best. All the alternatives are crap in comparison. Look at libreoffice, that thing is the slowest office suite ive ever seen.

No, not Office Web Apps. It of course is very compatible with Office (offline), but that is a given... it is little more than an up-sell. In reality, Office Web Apps is a crippled POS. A very interesting concept, but poorly executed and very limited in features.

Shadrack said,

Wanna make a bet that you are wrong?

Mind elaborating? OOo/Libre has a joke of an automation system. It's really a very poorly-documented, steaming pile of ****. Thank goodness I no longer have to develop any complicated macros for it.

thealexweb said,

Your comparing something thats free to something that can cost anything between £150 and £500, that's a tad unfair

While at first glance it's easy to say this...it doesn't seem to be the case anymore. As a matter of fact, recently i set up a couple machines for someone and didn't have office software, but when i clicked on an office doc for another app's installation instructions, it gave me a free (light) version ofOffice to install.

But aside from that, this video is about SkyDrive. And SkyDrive's apps are web-based and free. So Office can be free. :-) It's not the full-blown awesome Office you get at work, but it does a ton of stuff.

Beyond Godlike said,
Office will always be best. All the alternatives are crap in comparison. Look at libreoffice, that thing is the slowest office suite ive ever seen.

tell me about it. Using OpenOffice is like using Office 97 in 2012. It's painful.