Rob Schneider stars as Google Docs in new Microsoft Office videos

Google Docs experienced some brief downtime earlier today, but the timing could not have been better for Microsoft. Today, the company launched a new campaign to promote its Office brand of productivity software against that of Google's cloud-based services.

The campaign includes two new videos that feature actor Rob Schneider (yes, he of Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo fame) portraying the role of "Google Docs". In the first video, Google Docs is playing on a three man basketball team (which includes Christopher Reid, better known as "Kid" of the hip hop act Kid 'n Play) against another team with "Microsoft Office", which proceeds to take the Google Docs team down hard on the court.

The idea behind the video is that companies that use Google Docs, in Microsoft's opinion, have to do more work to get things done compared to working with Office. In a corresponding blog post, Microsoft says that people that use Google Docs " ... have to find ways to overcome feature gaps by working harder, spending their time finding workarounds, or potentially using third-party tools to overcome the gaps."

The second video has Google Docs as a gambling dealer who promises a shiny gold keychain to someone who can open up a Office document in Google Docs without any loss of data or formatting. Naturally, the poor person (played by The Joe Schmo Show host Ralph Garman) loses that bet. The end of the video has a surprise cameo by someone who got into a bit of trouble with his own gambling in real life.

Again, Microsoft has a related blog post that talks about how documents that are made with Office 2013 look different when converted and viewed with Google Docs, Google Quickoffice or in the recently launched beta of the Chrome Office Viewer. But let's face it; these two new Google Docs videos are, well, very funny.

Source: Microsoft Office blog and Office on YouTube

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problem with converter?
MS should've said that to their own format converter.


I made excels files using MS Office 2003,

Open it in Office 2007, it look as good, no other change was made, but save it to newer .xlsx formats.

Open the recenly made .xlsx in Office 2007 it also look as good,
no other change was made, then try to save as earlier formats .xls

Now try to open the re-converted file on Office 2003, you'll see fidelity loss due to DELIBRATE format conversion error.


Its deliberate decision to makes lower quality of format conversion to push the newer office file formats, and not because the the documents/spreadsheets contain unsupported feature.

This is just sad but funny... at Microsoft's. Poor Microsoft has to prove its worth in a stupid ad. Is Google Docs really that much competition to Microsoft? Are that many people switching? If not, then what is the point of the commercial?

I never had problems with Google Docs. Found myself quite productive. But I always use Office on the desktop since I have a license. But on my phone and Chromebook, I seamlessly go back to the document and continue.

Oh well, I guess I see why Google is worth more than Microsoft these days. They really have taken a fall in the past couple of years.

Thanks mate much appreciated.

Im not necessarily a fan of ads that attack the competition but I lol'd at "I dont work well without the net so im taking it with me"

What i don't like about Google Docs is lack of proper offline support (true offline backup and offline native OS clients) and quite outdated UI. Office Web Apps looks much nicer, more colorful and has animated UI.

Of course documents formatted for Microsoft Office don't look right in other programs, their format is a closed one and has to be reverse engineered every time they change it.

Gerowen said,
Of course documents formatted for Microsoft Office don't look right in other programs, their format is a closed one and has to be reverse engineered every time they change it.
Uhm, Microsoft Office uses ODF, and if I'm not wrong, that's an open format.

Yes, but their default format is .docx/xlsx/pptx, which is not. I don't know about 2010, but in 2007, with the ODF add-in, I could save a file in ODF using MS PowerPoint, then re-open the same file with MS PowerPoint, and it would occasionally lose formatting and not look correct. If you create a document with MS Office, and save it in an MS Office format, and know that it's going to be opened on the other end by an MS Office product, then you can almost guarantee everything will work out. If you change any of those options however, whether it's the format, or the software on either end of the transaction, that's when you run into issues.

Studio384 said,
Uhm, Microsoft Office uses ODF, and if I'm not wrong, that's an open format.

Its default format is OOXML, which is well documented, not ODF.. it does support ODF too though.

Gerowen said,
I don't know about 2010, but in 2007, with the ODF add-in, I could save a file in ODF using MS PowerPoint, then re-open the same file with MS PowerPoint, and it would occasionally lose formatting and not look correct.

Probably better off using its default formats if you're just using Office.. 2007 and 2010 both use OOXML by default, no real reason to be using ODF at all.

Max Norris said,

Its default format is OOXML, which is well documented, not ODF.. it does support ODF too though.


Probably better off using its default formats if you're just using Office.. 2007 and 2010 both use OOXML by default, no real reason to be using ODF at all.

So just to be clear. The rest of the world has to comply with Microsoft's format to the pixel. But it's fine for Microsoft to not comply with the rest of the world's format.

Microsoft not opening .odt files properly is just as bad as another program not opening .docx files properly. It's always gonna happen, same issue as with web browsers, different rendering engines render slightly differently.

MadnessRed said,
So just to be clear. The rest of the world has to comply with Microsoft's format to the pixel. But it's fine for Microsoft to not comply with the rest of the world's format.

For the first part, if you want to remain compatible with the majority of the world, yes. For the second part, not sure where you're getting this idea that I said it's ok for something to have compatibility issues, don't put words in my mouth. I said if you're working between 2007 and 2010, there's zero reason you should be using a different format. It is perhaps a lesser issue for Office sure as ODF is much less commonly used, but I never once implied it was ok for errors. Keep the drama to yourself, thanks.

Pete rose lmao. Microsoft is on a roll with these ads. They went from sucking at marketing to this. They finally get it.

.Neo said,
Nice of Microsoft to recycle the Mac vs PC commercials.

It's the best of both worlds, it's a "I'm a PC" meets "Mac Genius"-campaign.

Funny but never really had a problem using GAPPS, minor issues here and there, to open anything MS related. I have come a crossed formatting issues with using different versions of Word/Excel tho and Open/Libra Office.

techbeck said,
Funny but never really had a problem using GAPPS, minor issues here and there, to open anything MS related. I have come a crossed formatting issues with using different versions of Word/Excel tho and Open/Libra Office.

You have 'come across' more than that, apparently.

I've been using google docs and gmail for years and NEVER had any issues of security or privacy.

In fact the only time I even had a issue with a document was when I got a MS Word doc with a virus in it!

hahahaha - Microsoft is afraid, very afraid (of losing lots of money that is).

They have totally lost touch with what the customer wants. No surprise people are dumping them right, left and centre.