Office 2010 Beta vs. Google Apps updates

Office 2010 Beta vs. Google Apps updates

Summary: A look at both the Beta of Office 2010 and the recently updated Google Docs suite.

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  • And I didn't even install Outlook!

  • Office 2010 gives you direct access to revisions, permissions, authorship, etc at the file level.

  • Yeah, yeah, this is what gets you the Wordpad-style ruler.

Topics: Microsoft, Apps, Collaboration, Google, Software

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  • Other comparison

    Thanks for the insights in the new Google Docs. I immediately enabled the ruler in my own account... :-)

    If I may make a suggestion for a future blog post: a comparison between Open Office 3.2 and Lotus Symphony 3 b?ta 2, would also be very interesting. Particularly in the fields of interoperability with MS Office file formats and of corporate use.

    IBM has apparently made the use of Lotus Symphony obligatory for it's own personnel, which ensures a heavy commitment for IBM to make Lotus Symphony as perfect as possible.

    Further reading:
    http://symphony.lotus.com/software/lotus/symphony/buzz.nsf/web_DisPlayPlugin?open&unid=1B4D1A28B50D8594852576C000462F74&category=press

    I'm still mainly using Open Office, which I find pretty good. But I'm wondering whether it's worthwhile to switch to Lotus Symphony, even though it's still a beta, because it might even be better.
    pjotr123
    • RE: You mean I can double and single space? (Office 2010 Beta vs. Google Apps updates)

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      • RE: You mean I can double and single space? (Office 2010 Beta vs. Google Apps updates)

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  • thoughts . . .

    "There are plenty of of gadgets you can add to extend
    functionality."

    I don't think most people use Google Docs for the
    gadgets. Most of them probably replicate functionality
    that already exists in office and many of them may
    hurt document portability.

    "Create, open, upload, edit, convert, download - all
    from the single Apps interface."

    Yeah, basically the same as 2010's "File" screen.

    "Yeah, yeah, this is what gets you the Wordpad-style
    ruler."

    I'm amused that Google makes it a configuration
    option, while in Word hiding and showing it is as easy
    as clicking an icon above the vertical scrollbar.

    "It's a stripped down interface, but is it everything
    that 95% of users need to create a presentation?"

    I'd say no. Out of all of the applications in Google
    Docs, their presentation app is the weakest. They
    don't really have slide transitions or animations,
    which are a large part of professional presentations.

    If you're a college kid wanting to make a quick and
    dirty presentation for a class, it may work fine.

    But if you're a professional looking to make a
    presentation that is clear and has a lot of impact and
    really convinces people - there's no way I'm going
    with Google.

    "And in the cloud besides for easy remote
    presentation, sharing, interaction, etc?"

    According to Microsoft, it's reasons #4 and #5 to get
    PowerPoint:

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/powerpoint/def
    ault.aspx

    "What are your users producing? Prose, text, and
    notes, or highly-formatted documents?"

    All of the above, and Office handles all just fine :).

    "Google Spreadsheets is increasingly rich in its
    features set:??*Forms improvements?*Solver
    improvements?*Improved image integration?*Linear
    equation modeling tools?*Sheet-level permissions?
    *Mobile editing"

    Catching up to Office instead of surpassing it?

    "Drawings, forms, word processing, spreadsheets, and
    presentations, along with storage, all in the cloud."

    File -> Share

    Same thing.

    "It's in the cloud - it's cooler than Wordpad, no
    matter what the Microsoft folks say."

    Yes, we should all buy based on coolness. Forget
    productivity, it's old hat.

    "Some OneNote functionality can be duplicated in Docs,
    but OneNote itself is quite powerful with cloud
    integration built in."

    I'd love to see Google's handwriting recognition and
    conversion of ink to equations. Or the most important
    thing - the ability to click and start typing notes
    anywhere on the page (which is basically one of the
    single biggest reasons to use OneNote). Easy to
    annotate presentations and take notes.

    Google Docs is okay - but the only weakness Office
    really had compared to Docs is the cloud stuff - and
    with Microsoft adding sharing to their applications,
    as well as webified versions, that gap is really
    closing up in Office 2010.
    CobraA1
  • RE: You mean I can double and single space? (Office 2010 Beta vs. Google Apps updates)

    There's no arguing in favor of a competing product when one is a fanboy.
    jsharbour
    • Amen! Fanboys = Cult Following! NT

      NT
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  • RE: You mean I can double and single space? (Office 2010 Beta vs. Google Apps updates)

    Office 2010 blows it away!
    Besides- who would want google with all the under-lieing "mess" that they're trying to do! Gates gets busted for a so-called monopoly but google is trying to monopolize everything about someone's life - and that's OK? give me a break!
    HBCASurfer
  • RE: You mean I can double and single space? (Office 2010 Beta vs. Google Apps updates)

    That means, once they are fully up to scratch, a company
    could take tteh program and place them on their own
    server so they have a free intranet based office
    fucntionality. The documents would eb stored on their own
    server so secruity risks are no diffenent that all their
    other data.

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  • RE: You mean I can double and single space? (Office 2010 Beta vs. Google Apps updates)

    You could have people wanting to force Google garbage down my throat and I will continue to use Microsoft Office and refuse to use the Google garbage at all costs.
    jfreedle2@...
  • RE: You mean I can double and single space? (Office 2010 Beta vs. Google Apps updates)

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