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Google Docs vs. Office 365

#1
Here's a showdown... Google Docs used to be the de-facto option when it came to almost anything related to online office. Now, Office 365 is used at work, university, and a number of other places. 

Personally, I like it better, but I use Google Docs instead because it's easier to get it on more devices (and it's free). Of course, I have Office 365 for free from university, but that won't last much longer. 

What's your preference?
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#2
Docs, because it works on everything from my 2008 macbook to my tablet to my linux machines and raspberry pi.

I use it when writing stuff and it allows me to update it and jot down ideas from anywhere via my phone/tablet to reference easily later.
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#3
That's exactly what I like about it. Their iPhone and Android apps work very well. I'm sure Office 365 has the same sort of thing, but they nag you constantly and I get too annoyed to install all of the Outlook and other such apps that they want you to install.
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#4
I'm biased as I've been using Docs forever. I also hate how an already overpriced MS Office sweet is becoming a subscription. I see it as another money grab by Microsoft. I'll stick with Docs.
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#5
Seeing as I don't have the $5,000 or whatever it is that Office 365 demands to buy it, nor do I want to find out how much it costs, or ever buy it, I prefer to use google docs myself and have made and shared several spreadsheets in the past with it. My only problem with it is that it's weirdly resource intensive for what it is, and for documents it becomes unusably laggy well before approaching a book-length work.
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#6
I’ve noticed that as well. Was editing a 22 page paper for a group project last night and it was pretty laggy. It used to not be this slow.

The joys of JavaScript I suppose.
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#7
My two big Kidds 12 and 14 years have Office 365 on school on their laptop, I use windows10 pro and OpenOffice on one laptop, Linux Mint on the other ... my wife on her laptop which she also uses for her job (labor market service ) it provides jobs to workers .. Windows 10 with Office 365
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#8
Ahhh Linux user I see. How is Linux Mint?
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(April 13th, 2020 at 8:01 PM)Darth-Apple Wrote: Ahhh Linux user I see. How is Linux Mint?
Look here , Before I explain this to you with my half-English, please take a look at :-) Mint
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#10
I've used Drive and G-Suite since high-school and it's been alright to me for the most part.
But there are just too many features that it lacks from regular Microsoft Office:
  • Header/Footer options
  • Can't add captions to Images without making a 'drawing'
  • Margins are finnicky, especially with images
  • Limited by Drive fonts and not system fonts
  • File exporting is finnicky, I've had it spit out empty PDF files, and the DocX format is proprietary enough that no one can properly replicate it except Microsoft themselves, although Google does admittedly come close.
  • And much, much more!

So I'm considering giving Office365 a serious shot. I know I have access with my school email and if that falls through, I'll just buy one for a dollar online somewhere (or make one myself)
If Office has proper exporting support, I'd switch over to it exclusively for my own writing and school work.
But of course since Drive is free, I'll still be using it for collaboration with students when I'm either writing for them or tutoring or whatever have you. The suggestion features are just so nice.
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#11
If you can get Office 365 through school, it's great. I've had good experiences exporting out, and it doesn't have compatibility issues with Word of course.

Google Docs *usually* exports perfectly to Word, but there are times when things vary. I'll export something in Docs and headings will appear on the next page if they were close to the end of the previous one, etc. I've rarely had this happen but I have seen this sort of thing in the past a few times. I always double check before I submit anything.
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#12
I'm a big fan of Google Docs because it's free and can be updated from any device that has a web browser.
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(April 16th, 2020 at 2:09 AM)MeowsePad Wrote: I'm a big fan of Google Docs because it's free and can be updated from any device that has a web browser.

The mobile apps are great too. I've had good experiences with Google Docs on my iPhone, so it's usable almost anywhere. Big Grin
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(April 16th, 2020 at 2:09 AM)MeowsePad Wrote: I'm a big fan of Google Docs because it's free and can be updated from any device that has a web browser.

Office also has this capability. Maybe I'm just biased because I know how to make formulae work in excel.
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#15
Excel is alright... I've managed to make the same formulas work in open office though, I think open office is what I use for serious stuff alongside docs for on the go stuff.

Although you're going to hate me for this...

I have calc on the commodore 64 and I actually keep my receipts and stuff save to a 5 1/4in floppy.

It's weird but I prefer the simplicity of it.
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(April 16th, 2020 at 4:45 AM)s3_gunzel Wrote:
(April 16th, 2020 at 2:09 AM)MeowsePad Wrote: I'm a big fan of Google Docs because it's free and can be updated from any device that has a web browser.

Office also has this capability. Maybe I'm just biased because I know how to make formulae work in excel.
Yeah, I figured that Office 365 had the capability as well. My former employer had Office 365 but switched to Google Docs. I find Google Docs to be more user-friendly personally. Office is a bit more feature-rich, but I guess that just comes down to whether or not you need the extra features.
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#17
Office is good, but at that point, I'd rather just use real Word. I know that most companies nowadays are switching to Office 365, but nothing beats native Word running at native speed. Javascript just doesn't do it justice in the browser.
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#18
As a writer I love Office 365. I absolutely adore it! It's so easy to use and I have had no issues with it.
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