The sky is falling for Microsoft Office March 9, 2006Posted by rjdohnert in Software reviews.
Thats a joke but if you listen to Om Malik its going to be a reality. You see he is all cheery that Google has brought Writely. He is already, and Im sure Steven J Vaughn-Nichols will follow, touting the superiority and impending doom of Microsot office to Google Office. Well, it depends on what you want. If you want a $2.00 whore and you dont care about STDs and problems and are willing to take the chance she is only 13 yrs old you go with Google Office, if you want the $50.00 quickie whore you go with Openoffice.org but if you want that high priced pretty, smells good whore you go with Microsoft Office. So why will Google Office be a pain in the arse. Very simple, its web based. I dont trust anybody with my documents, my documents are mine and I dont trust the internet enough to actually edit them online, or store them on someone elses server. I like knowing where my documents are, I like being able to edit them any chance I get and even if I have network problems. If my connection goes down, I can still do my work and I dont have to worry, did I save it? Is it still intact? I like simplicity and fluid movement in my life.
So lets see how Om’s and Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols Google Office stands up to Microsoft Office.
Microsoft Office / Google Office
Outlook —————–> Gmail and GCal: Possibly a good alternative. Questions arise over Exchange compatibility, no Im not trusting Google with Company e-mail either. Who I meet with or what I am doing is no ones business.
Word ———————> Google Writely: Not a chance because of the web based nature and I would trust Google at storing my documents like I would trust that porn star Peter North with my wife.
Excel ———————-> ? : No equivalent and spreadsheet is a widely used feature of any Office suite
Access ———————-> Google Base: No contest unless he means they intend to take OpenOffice.org Base and make it a web app
PowerPoint —————> N/A : Why N/A, PowerPoint and presentation are very important to me so its not N/A, its a must have
$350 – $499 Free : I think I will forgo all the headaches and problems and just throw some money at it. Thanks for coming Writely
While it may seem more convenient, to me the security issues are the most crucial. If you dont want MS Office than switch to Openoffice.org, but for me Google Office gets leper status. (For those of you who dont know, leper status is stay the hell away from)