Analyst: If You Want To Keep Your Job, Keep Using Microsoft Office

from the end-of-the-road dept

For a long time, Google insisted that it had no intention of competing directly against Microsoft in its core business areas, but as the company started to expand its online office suite, it became clear that the two companies would form a rivalry. That being said, few have argued that Google's office apps actually offer a substitute for MS Office (at least not yet), but rather that they work well in certain key areas. Nonetheless, one analyst is warning that deploying Google apps could be a potentially "career limiting" move for any enterprise architects. In other words, don't throw out your Office licenses just because you can save money going with Google. That might be good advice, except that it's basically just knocking down a straw man, as it's hard to imagine there are many people out there actually considering such a drastic course of action. What's funny is that the analyst then goes on to describe the 'limited' areas where Google's service might be useful; they include startups, small businesses, collaborative projects, and enterprise non-power users. It sure sounds like a large swath of the market could be well served by these tools by the analyst's own admission. Simply warning of dire consequences for anyone who puts too much confidence in Google doesn't really address the question.
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    Christopher Ford, 23 Aug 2007 @ 7:36pm

    The format that google apps uses is a truly portable format. I work for a small venture capital firm (55 people) in SF and we have been trying the google apps experiment since march. So far no real problems, but I do wish it had a better spreadsheet app. The portability thing really hit me in June when I was reviewing and re-editting some imortant documents... at an internet cafe in Prague.

    I was on vacation but the work just couldn't wait. I was collaborating with 4 other people back home and everything was truely seemless.

    We are looking forward to the next gen of google apps and we sure as hell are not looking back at MS Office Pro Deluxe Vista edition or whatever it will be.

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