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Brett Nordquist (Customer Experience Engineer)

Microsoft Office Holdout

Written on October 27, 2017 by Brett Nordquist
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My name is Brett, and I am a Microsoft Office holdout. 

In fact, I am writing this blog in Word. Last week, I decided to write directly into our blogging system, but flew too close to the sun and lost an hour of work. 

Never again. 

I know many people have moved from Office to Google Docs with the promise that the cloud will service all your software needs. And Google Docs gets a lot of things right. My kids rely on it to create reports and presentations. Using a word processor that you must install? That is so 1985. 

Much of the work I have performed on my PC over the past 20 years required a program I installed on Windows. Today, most of those programs now run in my browser.
 
I used to install Quicken to manage my finances. Today, I use Mint. 

I used to install Winamp to listen to my MP3 collection. Today, I use Google Play Music. 

I used to install VLC Player to watch movies I…created! Today, I use Netflix, Hulu or HBO Go. 

I used to install Eudora to manage my email. Today, I use GMAIL. 

Several factors such as the spread of high speed internet and the proliferation of large-scale data centers have accelerated the transition from running programs locally to running them in the cloud. Many tasks that required a program running on Windows are now apps on my iPhone. 

But that is not the case with PowerPoint, Excel, or Word. 

Believe me, I have tried a few commercial and open source competitors. Most handle the basics. But none of them are as powerful or polished as the products from Microsoft. 

I say this as someone who spends hours each day writing, analyzing charts and creating presentations. These tools are as important to me as a camera and lens are to a photographer. 

Each program has one or two features that make it impossible to consider anything else. Excel still creates the best-looking charts and graphs. Word’s grammar features help me present a professional persona, and PowerPoint makes adding animations as simple as pressing a button. Microsoft has been perfecting these programs for 26 years. 

Other programs may have similar features, but none of them are as implemented as well. That could change down the road, but for now, I will continue to pony up $99/year for Microsoft 365 Home. 

What tasks do you perform that you refuse to move the cloud? 

Tags: Microsoft, Office, Word, Google, Google Docs
Miguel Candelario

Amen.

Posted on 2017-10-28 22:01:47
Drac

An A?
Amen from me, too, brother. I still use Office 2007. I use Outlook for most of my email, though I also have a Gmail account. I use VLC and Acrobat and several photo processing programs, just to name a few. I avoid online software if there are installed programs that are better. If my internet goes down, and it does - though rarely these days - I can still get stuff done.

However those people that only started using computers AFTER the internet was common, may not be used to life before it. They may not have the same history as someone who was an adult before the PC was a mainstream product.

I have little interest in online apps unless they are better than others.

Posted on 2017-10-30 02:29:16

You hit on a key there. I want to use the "best" app be it one I must install or through my browser. There are some apps I use occasionally, but for those I use as tools each day, like Office, I'm not willing to switch unless something better comes along. Free isn't not a big draw for me if it means I'm giving up my privacy or personal information to use an inferior product. Have you decided to stick with Office 2007 and not move to 365? Just curious.

Posted on 2017-10-30 21:39:41
Drac

I have no plans to switch. I don't need most of the bloat (excuse me, New features). Why pay every year for something I already have? I do NOT trust MS to update MY software whenever IT wants to.

Posted on 2017-10-31 06:14:08
SteelCrysis

"I know many people have moved from Office to Google Docs with the promise that the cloud will service all your software needs. And Google Docs gets a lot of things right. My kids rely on it to create reports and presentations. Using a word processor that you must install? That is so 1985."
And we all know how well that worked out for them:
http://www.tomshardware.com...
https://www.extremetech.com...

Posted on 2017-11-06 14:57:06
SteelCrysis

And Google Docs fails again, this time it's account access issues: http://www.tomshardware.com...

Posted on 2017-11-16 04:31:41