Microsoft Office Waterloo?

I spend quite a bit of time daily using Microsoft Word and Excel on both Mac’s and PC’s. For the past week or so I’ve been checking out Google Docs and Spreadsheets for much of this work and really like what I see. As someone who multitasks with multiple web browsers, email, chat, text editors and FTP clients open all the time, I like not having to open Word or Excel for simple document prep. Since Google Docs has PDF as an output medium, I don’t even have to use Word for SOW’s or invoices anymore. Best of all, it’s free.

If I worked at Microsoft, I’d be kind of worried right now.

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  1. I’ve become a big fan of Google Docs. Spreadsheets still needs some work, but Docs handles most of what I use a word processor to do, and does some things much better than Word, like creating relatively clean HTML that can be pasted into blog posts, and document sharing.

  2. I’ve become a big fan of Google Docs. Spreadsheets still needs some work, but Docs handles most of what I use a word processor to do, and does some things much better than Word, like creating relatively clean HTML that can be pasted into blog posts, and document sharing.

  3. It’s funny that I actually started with Docs for blogging. It doesn’t surprise me that it is the best of the two since Google bought Writely and just changed the name. Spreadsheets will be there in 6-9 months I think.

    One thing I left out was that the new version of Office has a really different interface that might slow upgrades. Then there are the Google offerings and OpenOffice competing with free price tags. Very interesting times for Microsoft.

  4. It’s funny that I actually started with Docs for blogging. It doesn’t surprise me that it is the best of the two since Google bought Writely and just changed the name. Spreadsheets will be there in 6-9 months I think.

    One thing I left out was that the new version of Office has a really different interface that might slow upgrades. Then there are the Google offerings and OpenOffice competing with free price tags. Very interesting times for Microsoft.

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