Before cloud computing became extremely popular due to the accessibility and ease of use, many of us grew up on a steady diet of Microsoft Office when it came to churning out professional looking documents, spreadsheets and presentation slides. However, the cloud has changed everything as we know it, offering a way to work virtually anywhere as long as there is a decent Internet connection, right from the comfort of your smartphone or notebook. The age of cloud computing has also ushered in competitors to Microsoft Office, most notably Google Docs; which leads to the ever-heated debate: Which is better of the two, Microsoft Office or Google Docs?
Microsoft Office vs. Google Docs
The most famous of Microsoft Office’s base components comprise of Microsoft Word for word processing, Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations, Microsoft Excel for spreadsheets. Google too, has its own equivalents in the form of Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets, respectively.
For example, the ability for you to work with Google Docs while offline gives it a tremendous advantage as all changes made will be reflected and saved the next time you go online. As for Microsoft Office and its suite of productivity tools, we have Word 2016 that functions just as well, if not better, offering a high degree of functionality without having to compromise on useability, although it will not be as accessible to everyone as you would like it to be.
For the casual user, Google Docs would edge out on Microsoft Office by just a bit as it provides the added flexibility and ease of use of being able to work from just about anywhere and on virtually any device. All of your work will also not count towards your storage space on Google Drive, which is a huge advantage since space on mobile devices and computers alike tend to fill up real fast. The fact that your work will be stored on the cloud, and can be accessed as long as there is an Internet connection also works in your favor. Above all else, you do not have to pay a single cent to be able to use Google Docs since it is free for anyone with a Google account to use. This is a great working model if you are running an organization that is low on budget and yet would need the most basic digital productivity tools within an office environment.
If you fall under the classification of being the more serious user who would like to have additional options when it comes to productivity tools, then Microsoft Office fits the bill perfectly. Having been honed and refined over the years, each new edition simply gets better and better, although you do have to take into consideration the potential cost of installing a copy of Microsoft Office on most, if not all, of the computers in your setup.
At the end of the day, it really depends on which side of the fence you and your organization lean more towards. There are always questions of cost vs. accessibility as well as the number of functions in a full-blown product as opposed to a widely available online productivity suite. The answer lies in you and your organization’s needs.