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Top 5 reasons for Microsoft fans to dump Google Docs for Office Online

Most likely, if you are working online with office documents, you and your friends are using Google’s Docs service. While the web-based office suite from Google has served a good purpose since February 2006, when the service was integrated into the major suite of Google Apps, it might be time to move over in 2014 and let Microsoft's Office Online suite ( (opens in new tab)) truly shine.

The main complaint from users of Google Docs that you often hear is that it feels like a stripped down or light version of Microsoft Office. While Microsoft has had an online Office suite for a while now, it was buried within their OneDrive web interface. Now though, the company has launched its own site and revamped the service.

Here are the top five reasons you should be using Office Online instead of Google Docs to accompany your other devices.

1) It is a free version of Microsoft Office - not a stripped down editor

The most obvious reason you should be using Office Online instead of Google Docs is the fact that it brings the full power of the Microsoft Office suite to the web for absolutely no price. Simply login to the Office Online website and you have access to Word Online, OneNote Online, PowerPoint Online and Excel Online.

Such a great deal might even have you wondering why you should pay for the offline version of Microsoft Office when the online version is completely free – after all, Office 365 Home Premium is going to run you $9.99 per month.

While the offline version of Office is smoother in performance and includes a bit more features than the web-based version, the online service will be more than enough for many users and a breath of fresh air for those coming from Google Docs.

2) It will instantly sync your documents with OneDrive

When you work online with Office, your documents can be saved to your OneDrive folders and then be automatically synced to your main computer whether it is a Windows PC or even a Mac.

Windows 8 introduces tight integration into Microsoft’s online cloud storage, and you might even notice that they make the OneDrive option more upfront than your local document storage within Windows Explorer.

Working with Office Online instead of Google Docs insures that your files always stay updated and available on all of your various devices. Sure, one could use Google’s Drive application, but it does not have the same tight operating system integration that Microsoft’s own solution offers within Windows 8 and even Windows Phone devices.

3) It allows you to collaborate in a familiar place

When working on a team-based project, the last thing that you want to have to worry about is whether or not your teammates are aware of how to use Google Docs (not to mention Google Drive along with that). When you work with Office Online, all of your team members probably already know how to use the world’s most popular Office suite.

The fact is simple as that, you are collaborating in a well-known environment, so you will not have to worry about managing any of the technical details or teaching a coworker something new. Office Online looks exactly like the last few versions of Office with the now familiar ribbon bar design.

In addition, Office Online now has up-to-the-second collaboration abilities just like Google Docs, so you and your team members can work on the same document while seeing changes in real time. Do not waste time teaching everyone a new service – stay productive and use Office Online.

4) It is expandable with Office 365

While Office Online is a great free variation of Microsoft’s offline Office suite, you can always upgrade and get more if you desire. By adding on an Office 365 subscription, you can expand the access and abilities of Microsoft’s online services.

For example, if you purchase Office 365 Home Premium for $9.99 a month, you will gain access to the full offline versions of Office for up to five PCs and five tablets. In addition to making your money really worth it, Microsoft will also include 60 minutes of world-calling per month via Skype – the perfect way to collaborate with your friends and coworkers. If you are not sporting a family or do not need the extra computer access, you can sign up for the forthcoming Office 365 Personal subscription for $6.99 a month, which covers a single individual.

If your team is using Google Docs and needs to get a bit more creative or expand the abilities of the platform they are working on, then they are out of luck. Google Docs has no upgradable solution and you are always stuck with a lighter version of Office.

5) It works best with the Microsoft products you use everyday

These days, when you use various services, software, and hardware, living within a single ecosystem will make your situation easier. Statistically, you are already more likely to be using a PC and since you are reading this site, there is an excellent chance that you are using a Windows Phone and have an Xbox somewhere in your house.

The idea of a company forming ecosystems is not only to maintain control, but also to create a single universal user experience. As an example, Office comes pre-built into Windows Phone and offers quick access to documents from the cloud via OneDrive. Your devices are designed to work well with all Microsoft products and services – you are within the ecosystem.

Office Online fits perfectly into the Microsoft ecosystem and all of your devices are granted to play along. Google Docs, well you know their history with Microsoft – you might be waiting a bit of time (or forever) for an official Google Docs app to hit any Redmond designed platforms.


Google Docs is a great solution and that is why it has been used in the past by students, business persons, and stay-at-home moms alike. But with Microsoft’s introduction of Office Online, it just does not seem to make sense to stick with a weaker online office suite in 2014.

As stated, Office Online is essentially a free version of Microsoft Office that you can always have access to on the go. In addition, by using the company’s OneDrive solution, you can be sure that your documents are ready and backed up across all of your devices.

Want to upgrade? No problem, simply add-on an Office 365 subscription and you will find yourself using the world’s most powerful and versatile Office suite across your PCs and tablets.

What do you think of Office Online – in spite of our top five reasons, do you still prefer Google Docs over Microsoft’s Office Online?

  • #1 Google.
  • you shouldn't be here man
  • I think you misunderstood with what Starstrider said. IMO, when he said #1 Google, it's means that the very first reason to switch from gdocs to office online is ... because gdocs is Google. I could be wrong though. But that's what I catch from his comment :D
  • That's is what is translate that to, also. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • "you shouldn't be here man"     Seriously?  Fanboys only?   Are your convictions so weak that you can't bear to hear a contrary idea?   
  • +620 The main reason for me haha.
  • Google is wack, tha only thing I like about Google is YOU TUBE
  • The only thing I use from google is mytube
  • The only Google service I use is xtube.
  • I'll give them two #1's
    < ^ >(-_-)< ^ >
  • He means #1 reason to dump Google Docs is Google.
  • :D too bad they basically rule mobile. I'd love to avoid them with I'm carefully considering my loyalties. MSFT seems to be basically dead in the consumer space with Satya saying "it was time to face reality" and giving windows 8 the middle finger yesterday. And how long until BYOD kills them on the enterprise too?. So I'm looking for an alternative to all my MSFT choices (basically everything) and google is making the list way too often for my liking. I guess time to root for Tizen?  
  • At what moment do you see him giving Windows the middle finger? He said that next week (BUILD conference) will be all about Windows and related MS products. That's multiple days, whereas they only dedicated about an hour for their new Office product. Not to mention that Office and Windows are two separate products that can perfecly exist independently .
  • It is a metaphor. I don't know what your expectations for build are but all the leaks about gemeni indicate late 2014 release which means basically if you're betting on MSFT own tablets and own touch OS to have the best touch office experience, you're out of luck. If you're a customer who purchased their devices and their OS hoping not to be treated like a second class citizen, well you were wrong. and IMO that is basically the guy giving windows the middle finger because you know what? those that bought his product and story deserve better as they are his biggest fans. If that is how you treat your biggest fans, why do I want to be your customer?
  • It's indeed the #1 reason to quit gdocs!
  • Google is #2. Number 2 as in poop
  • ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐ They get two #1's
  • I like yours better but I did it first...
  • I agree. Google has the #1 cloud office. Google Docs is a waaaaaayyyy better online office experience. It's collaborative capabilities and its offline mode capabilities and its stability/reliability is much better. MS Office online wins when it comes to table in the word processor app though
  • truly.. google is the best. We get to create fillable forms for free. Moreover google is more productive, easy to use and the UI has become beautiful.  
  • No need for me to switch. I was smart to never use any Google services, ever. Except YouTube by default...sadly.
  • Same here.  I used Chrome for a hot minute back in the day when IE was terrible, and I had a Droid 2 with the keyboard before the HTC Trophy came out.  I completely deleted my Google account a few years ago and it felt great. The only downside is that I can't watch "age restricted" videos on youtube since I can't log in.  It doesn't bother me too much, and I know lots of other sites to use if I'm really looking for something a bit more salacious. 
  • "age restricted" videos = pr0n (IMHO) :3
  • No, you just can't watch anything "mature," meaning trailers/reviews of some M-rated games, and other such content. It's moronic.
  • What browser do you use now? I use IE11. Its fricking Amazing. its faster then Chrome and FireFox. I was using chomr for, years... Back then i didnt even know much about anything computer related... I thought Google was Better then Bing, without ever trying Bing (Typical Person)... what a mistake that was. I didnt even know Microsoft owned Bing, or IE... very stupid of me lol.... Also, i tried Chrome ONCE, and saw it was  a bit faster. So i stuck with it. Till a few months ago while i tried IE 11... never going back.... I literally ONLY use Chrome, to edit my G+ Account, witch i need for YouTube... since Google says, LITERALLY, "Your browser is outdated, please upgrade to a more modern browser like Chrome" when using IE... lIke fuck off Google... it only works corerctly when you use Chrome. Anything else and it says its out dated... if you dont use Chrome, it just wont load pages, the layout is REALLY different... It seems alomost as if... Google purposly did that.... Anyways, I only use FireFox to get Bing Search Points. You know how you can get 15 points a day be doing searches (30 on mondays)? Well i have my PC, while im asleap. To launch Firefox with a Random thing into Bing. And it counts... so i get 15 (On mondays 30) points every day for Bing, without having to ever make the search myself. Now im hapily sitting here with my Gold Bing Rewards account.
  • Ie is good except for the lack of extensions. Firefox is the only practical alternative. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Exactly this, can't imagine an internet without adblock or element hider!
  • It has both of those you know, ever addon from Chrome o used, BetterTTV, AblockPlus, etc are all on IE
  • Enhanced Steam is NOT on IE, though.
  • The main, and most used Addons are on IE. Anything else has about a 50% chance of not being on it. Addons like that, witch are not "Big" (Popular) are not really useful anyways. If you really want that to come to IE, ask the Dev.
  • Yes, but FF is bloated :(
  • Good to see that IE, (aka: the browser we loved to hate), is gaining credibility with latest revisions. For those who are an&l about comparisions, the can try running EcmaScript test262 (offical JavaScript conformance test suite with over 11k tests) on their beloved browsers and compared the stats with IE11 (even IE10!). Nonetheless, i wish IE team gets this issue fixed once forever:
  • IE's rendering engine is great but the UI and features are far behind chrome and FF. Basically it was the last browser to cloud sync, and its various dialogs and settings are still looking like IE6. With the demise of MSFT in the consumer space, I'm wondering if IE stands a chance given nobody will use it on iOS and Android for they can't, or won't if they could. I almost wish MSFT would make a new browser from scratch based on webkit's engine. don't even call it IE and basically tout it as faster than chrome, which has become bloated in its attempt to become an OS.
  • First you admitted IE's rendering engine (namely Trident) is great. If you are refereeing to layout rendering engine, then the EcmaScipt benchmark i was talking about has nothing to do with rendering engine, but everything to do with JavaScript engine called Chakara (at least till IE10). Secondly, why should Microsoft change the rendering engine, which according to you and stats is "great", why not just build a renewed UI with tons of options on top of a great thing? BTW have you run tried running the official Javascript test and saw the results Its not worth dumping the whole bunch of engines because of the UI/UX related issues..
  • I'm not referencing your benchmark. Why should they change it? because chrome and safari are extremely dominant in mobile meaning it would make development of this new browser much easier and faster (key in mobile when you're losing). They take google's approach and grab a webkit base and then polish it further to their needs. There is a ton of markup compatible with mobile browsers that fumbles on mobile IE. that problem would be significantly reduced by sharing the webkit guts with the mobile heavy weights. As much as I like the IE engine, MSFT is no longer a dominant power and a great way to get some of their speed back would be to just embrace the winners, in this case webkit. There is a precedent for this in the "new" microsoft where they embrace technologies they didn't create. For example, hadoop was embranced in favor of dryad and MSFT story in distirbuted computing on azure suddenly became appealing.
  • Your saying the mobile IE is bad? Have you ever used it? Its better then the desktop IE11. There is a big desktop update coming, so that could change
  • Still use Chrome only becoz i have hundreds of bookmarks and amazing themes.But still i am MS Fan now.Loving the Lumia experience.Will give a try to IE11 when i format my pc.
  • IE, FireFox, and Chrome (Dont know about others) have the ability to import Favorites/Bookmarks from eachother. So thats not a problem. And IE 11 looks amazing the way it is. Chrome has alot of "Extra" space that allows you to have Themes... IE Has pretty much the Forward/Back buttons, Adress Bar, Tabs, and some optional things like a Bookmark bar and Folders. So theres ALOT of space for the website, making you see more of the page. So theres not much room for Themes anywyas, thats what i like about IE, theres no extra garbage you dont want, anyhting you dont want can be changed or removed from Veiw, theres ALOT, more visual options for locations of things, then in something like Chrome. But your Windows Theme color cn make it look different, and in IE11, you can make a Webpage App. So if i did that for YouTube, it would be IE, but everything will be "YouTube" theamed, so it will be more Red then Vanilla IE. And the Icon will be the icon for the page (in this case its the YouTube logo)
  • Well, the only reason i use Chrome is it allows Sync including the browse history & it's neat integration with the Google ecosystem.
  • IE11 Syncs everything too. Lets say I have my Windows 8.1 Laptop. I then go and buy a Surface. Everything from IE, Bookmarks, etc etc Will be Synced over to my Surface. Along with othr Windows Settings. (It kind of combines them together.)
  • but wont' sync with your WP or win 7 machines. I'm not sure about xbox but I bet it won't. :( this is typical MSFT: half assing everything all the time.
  • Yes it doesnt Sync to WP (Witch could change in the WP 1.8)   If your using Windows 7, you dont have IE11. IE11 is for Windows 8+ Machines. So theres no problem. And why is anyone still using Win7? (Other then Buisness programs that stupidly only work with that OS) Win8 is a uprade from Win7, it has everything Windows 7 has, but, the start menu is a screen. Thats literally it. And the screen is more usful then the Menu. Its like a second Desktop. Win8 is like a PC and Tablet compatible OS. The Desktop, works good for PC. The Start Screen works good for Touch/Tablets. (And the Start Screen works good on PC too, just how the Desktop works good on Touch/Tablets. Its just slightly less so. So its better to use the respective areas for your device) Like really, if people are so mad about a menu being a more usefull screen... i... i dont even know what to say...
  • IE11 works great on Win7. Nice step up from IE10.
  • When in Mac, Firefox. When in Windows 8, most of the time I use IE10 (yes ... it still the old IE10 on W8 Enterprise since I can't update the 8 to 8.1 without approval of IT admin) and occasionally Firefox if something wrong with IE (or rather, something wrong with the websites ^^a).
  • Good point for YouTube.
    It make me sick when Google bought YouTube. And Android (the company). Actually there are buying with the rate of one company per week. Just hovering whatever is worth buying. Sleeping again?
  • Google forms. Sadly has no equivalent. I also was hoping would be a nice upgrade from the dismal Word app on our phones, but it doesn't work from our mobiles.
  • Change to desktop.
  • Have you tried it on your mobile? I can only see the top half of the text. Unusable. :(
  • You're right, i forgot that this was useless on my 925, due to the screen size . Its readable on my 1520 tho.
  • I can view the docs online, but as soon as I go to edit from my phone, fail.
  • You can create forms in the excel web app.
  • I will look into this. I was unaware. Edit: found the survey function in excel online. Not nearly as polished or powerful as the google forms.
  • Unfortunately, Excel Surveys currently is weaker than Google Forms. Playing with it for 5min proves it.
  • Office Online has an Excel Survey feature, is that what you are looking for?
  • Yeah right, even if you use desktop mode, it automatically goes to the office app on my windows phone. My bro was teasing me how he could use office web apps on his android tablet while i couldn't on my windows phone.
  • No it didn't, i tried it. It didn't went to the office at my windowsphone.
  • Tell your bro to wait for wp8.1.
  • Geez, why am I just finding out about this!! This is great, been using google docs because I didn't want to shell out money for an office suite. Thanks for this article. How's the privacy with this?
  • Privacy... No privacy on the cloud and on your PC connected to the big www ;)
    But certainly more respect of your privacy with MS than Google
  • Waaaay, waaaay more.
  • No privacy on the cloud? So my photos on onedrive can be used by Microsoft? My documents can be used by MS? And I doubt MS respects my privacy more than any other company.
  • Are you living under a rock ? "person of interest" Is not so fictional, you know ;) And if your data content doesn't have a financial value for MS, it's not the same with Google... Who is looking carefully on it to give you the right ad on the corner of your screen.
  • I like Office 365 just as much as Google Apps, but I hate the FUD Microsoft fans spread about Google. They don't read email, and their scanning is automated to show ads in free Gmail only. They don't sell your info to anyone (it would be counterproductive because companies could skip Google for advertising) and no one is looking at your data. Having said that, I would never trust important data to a free service. Both Office 365 and Google Apps (paid version) have privacy statements that no data wll ever be scanned for ad purposes. With those services, my money is the payment. With and free Google Apps, my information and data is the payment, for data mining.  
  • Microsoft will search any of your docs if they want to. Of course without a court order. And even if you are a journalist and have some constitutional rights.
  • Google Docs is a waaaaaayyyy better online office experience. It's collaborative capabilities and its offline mode capabilities and its stability/reliability is much better. MS Office online wins when it comes to table in the word processor app though
  • I have to agree. I really wanted to like Office Online, but it is very unresponsive and clunky, plus it has even less features than Google Docs. Fortunately, I can connect my local Office installation to my OneDrive account to save directly, or sync my OneDrive to my computer to save to a synced folder.  Google Docs, though lacking in features compared to installed Office, at least is very responsive and easy to use.
  • #6 common sense...
  • Can you have multiple authors of the same document online?
  • Yes.
  • Yes, collaboration is a piece of cake.
  • As a matter of fact, you can even have the same editor twice if you edit in the web app and edit inside desktop office at the same time.
  • I've been lovestruck (and still am) with Android since I started using it in 2010. Long story short, as a power user I know it inside out as i've breathed it in every day since. I also love trying new devices so i've gone through units from every major Android manufacturer, most recently the Xperia Z Ultra. Naturally, i've used google's office services for all this time. I wanted to try Windows Phone out of sheer curiousity so I picked up a Lumia 820. Since all my office was on google's cloud, I found workarounds to get the G cloud stuff on my WP. Then I decided to try MS's cloud and so far its fantastic. I also picked up a Dell Venue 8 Pro and my Desktop is running 8.1 at home. All devices work pretty well together. Maybe its my perception but I personally prefer MS's cloud services over google's, so much so i'm not so sure that my supposed temporary detour into the windows world will be all that temporary anymore!  
  • Glad to see another new user! I came about a year back in similar circumstances. Welcome! :D
  • Welcome aboard buddy!
  • google s**ks ;)
  • Google Docs is awful. Unfortunately, it has years of head start, meaning everyone uses it now. It'll be hard to get people to switch, especially since so many people (naively) use Gmail. Microsoft should've launched this like 8 years ago. Office Online, Outlook, and OneDrive are awesome.
  • Don't Outlook and Gmail have close to the same amount of users? Plus, I think Onedrive has like twice as many active users as Google Drive. I think Microsoft had the advantage on this one.
  • Yup. Outlook and Gmail are even.
  • Also you can create a Microsoft ID using your Gmail account (or any other email account) as a username. So you don't have to remember another account.
  • Not surprising. OneDrive is integrated into the Windows ecosystem. I was initially skeptical about using online storage, but when I found how convenient it was to control content (especially documents) across devices (including WP) I was hooked.
  • Actually, MS Office Online has been out for a while.  Three years @ the least.  I started using it just before I got my Samsung Focus.  And the cloud service (Sky Drive) has been around much longer than that.
  • Everybody uses google docs? To be honest, most people I know use MS Office. Maybe its a matter of age, most people I know are 40+, and trying something new when the old style (In my example Office 2010) works just fine is not common.
  • " It is a free version of Microsoft Office - not a stripped down editor" 3 sentences later... "While the offline version of Office is smoother in performance and includes a bit more features than the web-based version" So you should use it because it's the full office... except for the full parts of office it doesn't include. :P
  • A bit more... The essential - and more - is right on your hands with Office online and
  • For example, the word online doesn't allow you to make pages, all of it would be a continuous file unless you click on print preview. Just like on your phone.
  • Hate to be that guy, but it should be "every day."
  • Oh man... You are totally that guy! ಠ益ಠ
  • xD
  • A few reasons google docs is better: scripting and array formulas
  • What's Google?
  • Reason #1: 100% compatibility. There is no 2. The end
  • File fidelity is the #1 reason. 
  • Google?.. Oh you mean the service that I use to watch YouTube.
  • Is it just me, or does Office Online just seem faster?
  • It is much faster. Docs often crawls on my RT, whereas Office Online never hangs up.
  • You are using Google docs or online office on an RT that contains office 365 anyways? o.0
  • Google Docs for work, unfortunately. Office Online for live collaboration.
  • I've refused to use google docs ever since it took all my old documents and converted them to a LINK to google docs in my google drive. I like my physical documents, I can put them on a flash drive and bring with me when I don't have any internet, I can back them to up the home server, I can do all kind of things! You know what I can't do with a link to google docs, ANYTHING. Never again will I make that mistake. I switched over to for my email and moved all my documents over to OneDrive. I like the integration and no frills style microsoft does with their products. Never again google.
  • your article is really biased.
  • It's a Microsoft fan site, and Office Online and OneDrive really kick ass and work together very well. The article should be biased.
  • Mind to elaborate?
  • One example is that you can create a OneNote notebook in Office Online and in seconds it's available on your Windows Phone, Windows 8, Windows 7 PCs with OneDrive installed, and OneNote on your IOS or Android devices with OneNote installed. Then you can update your notebook on any device at any time, and all devices stay in sync. You can also share a notebook with other people. I share a shopping list and a to-do list with my wife.
  • Thought so too, I still can't delete a file online from my computer and resorted to 2 files (SkyDrive/OneDrive). Use frendilyness Google 1 MS 0.   Giving directions to someone guess the map I amm using?
  • Simple: OneDrive and ease of collaboration with Office already installed. Converting Google Docs for offline use in Office was a I have Office everywhere. #CloudHeaven
  • Real Microsoft fans don't use Google Docs to begin with. Period.
  • I don't really understand why there're Microsoft or Google fans, I use Windows for OS, Chrome for browser, WP8 for smartphone OS and Google for search. PS: Really satisfied with my choices don't bother convincing me I should use IE11 'cause it's faster'
  • +1
  • Ok but at least use Bing, trust me it's way better than Google and when you search something there isn't much difference except on Bing you get free stuff for searching and on Google they collect your data and sell it for advertising.
  • You mean the search engine that won't allow me to use most of it's services because I'm outside the US? :|
  • I actually recently switched to bing, even made it on my chrome browser! Really sweet looking and results are neat most of the time. Sometimes though (for like I guess school related stuff), I'll have to resort to google more than the other for article hunting I guess. Still love it! Especially built into windows 8 
  • One reason my club activities cannot be transferred to office online, no comments feature on excel online. Unless there was an update I'm unaware of.
  • Are you saying new Microsoft fans can't be real Microsoft fans?
  • I think this wins. 95 a year for full office for 5 desks? This slams the door tight on anything gdox ever considered.
  • Intended audience cannot be
    Microsoft fans :-) In no way they will be using Google docs. Even before officeonline :-D they might already had Office in the desktop to begin with. I guess the intended audience could be Google Docs fans living in the Microsoft environment :-)
  • I don't use online productivity tools, I prefer good old normal Office. BUT honestly, if I were to use an online solution...why the hell would I use Google's when there's an Office one available?
    Why would I go to a platform that is different when I can use one that is from the family of the one I already use normally?
    I like Google. And unlike some fanatics over here I have nothing against their services which I gladly use. But when Microsoft has a superior solution - such as Office - not in a million years would I go to use Google's or anyone else solution. Be it on a PC, a phone or a tablet.
    Not even when moving to Android do I intend to leave Office for Google Docs. It doesn't make sense to me. I'm not favourable to using of services just out of brand fanatism. Not even when it's Nokia (I don't use MixRadio. I don't like, I don't use it. Simple.)
  • Well said.
  • I am a graduate student and work on group projects in all my classes. I seriously dislike using google services on my projects because of formatting issues. Every single project that is worked on in google docs has to be edited in word to finish before we can turn it in. In a few groups I have shared files via onedrive and what you see is what you get. It is significantly superior to google docs. Even some of my apple loving friends have seen the power in Microsoft's office online. Its a shame that our university is tied into google products. I am also the only one with a surface pro, I love being able to do more while carrying less.
  • Nice.
  • Google docs? To be honest, I've never tried it. No need for me, thanks to the free office suite I got from my company. (Office 2010 though).
  • Try finding 2013 somehow... Can't tell you how though or else I'll have to get rid of you (no seriously, I can't though but try!) 
  • Hah ;-)
  • I had a history of using both Google Docs and Office Online (even when it was "buried in the OneDrive interface," as Michael put it), and I would have to say if I had to pick a web-based productivity suite I'd pick the dark horse from Redmond. I call it so because I didn't expect it to perform as well as it does when I first tried it a year or so ago. Besides, most of the time Google Docs has the potential of being laggy and annoying for me. It's good to see that Microsoft is initiating an effort to publicize their online suite. 
  • Did google recently update their apps. Sadly my office bods are all googledocs users as our domain is linked. And google give us service free as a not for profit. I hate googledocs, worse than openoffice.
  • I hate google, dunno why...
  • Sticking with the office programs offline package. In the long run I think it's cheaper than a subscription, and you get more value for offline use. I have seen that the world is not connected stably enough for me to trust everyhting to the cloud and so called best online experience.
  • When they did devided pages in Word Online ill use it.
  • Seems like too many wpc articles are 'lets bash Google', or 'lets bash Apple'. I know they are in Microsofts pockets, but it would be refreshing to get a break from it.
  • ^
    THIS!! +1 Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • What has Google done for WP? Answer, nothing and has actually purposely caused issues. This is a Windows/MS site, there's an Android site if you want that and a Apple site if you want that. The simple reality is from a person who uses Office, this is a far better solution than using Google Docs. To end both Google and Apple bash MS all the time. So tit for tat as the saying goes. :P
  • I know what you mean. And I am a Windows Phone developer, but that does not mean I want to read about constant truth bending and bias towards Microsoft and their products and services, and slagging off of the competition, every second of the day, like I'm a four-year-old unable to think for myself. It is possoble to have a genuine interest in a company, a tech, or a product, without pretending that everything else is valueless.
  • The title should be Top 5 reasons for EVERYONE to dump Google Docs for Office Online!
  • What's Google Docs?
  • nice article. I dumped Google services for MS and Nokia alternatives some 2 year ago, and I am very satisfied. The only alternative non-google service I am missing is YouTube 
  • Google what? Google docs is the one thing I have no need for.
  • And here is why I still using Google Doc:
  • I've used both Google Docs and Office Online now, and I definitely prefer Google Docs. It's a more finished solution. There are countless bugs and issues with Office Online, especially when collaborating online documents and it becomes a real hassle. It should just work.
  • I've played around with Office Online and for those 30 minutes I have found Google Docs to have slightly more features (symbols, formula editor, automatic replacements, scripting - although that is dubious for most users), although I can't seem to find text and highlight color there. MS should try hard to put out more features, especially changes tracking and columns support, that could blow google's pond.
  • On the first place, why would a Microsoft fan use Google Docs?
  • I really enjoyed WPCentral back in the days of WP 7.5. You were able to read about features, tips and tricks, apps, gadgets and rumours all at least in some way related to Windows Phone. Today you read about all kind of things related to Microsoft. And most times these posts are about why Google sucks and why Apple sucks and why Microsoft is so much better. This is not objective news anymore, this site totally evolved to a Microsoft fanboy site. Why do we always have to decide for one ecosystem? I love my Office 365, but I enjoyed using Google Docs to work on some documents and Pages is a great tool on the iPad as well. I really miss the days when you read objective Windows Phone news on this site.
  • maybe so, but realistically given how MSFT basically gave the middle finger to its own touch OS with office for ipad releasing in such polished state while the windows 8 folks have to do with awful office RT...I have to question if MSFT is a viable long term alternative or if they are basically raising the white flag and in route to becoming the next adobe: a company who basically makes an suite but it is otherwise irrelevant.
  • If you think about it, its obvious Microsoft realizes that both its mobile platforms have failed (despite the vigorous denials by the fanboys on this site) due to their own incompetence and slow pace of progress and they are shifting their focus to the successful mobile platforms. In that sense it makes sense but does indicate that Windows 8 & WP will be second class citizens from now on.
  • certainly feels that way too. You buy surface, they basically decide you will not be able to run desktop apps except for the office apps which aren't optimized for touch, and then they tout this as better than the ipad, only to release these apps on ipad which are better on surface and basically any other touch device. But the greater point is, if MSFT doesnt' have a future in the consumer space, why should I even trust them with anything? they lost the OS war basically, how soon until they lose the office suite war? the cloud war? the console war? tough choices. Maybe Satya should have come out and said what everybody is thinking: "we're standing in a burnign platform".
  • Google Docs has one really nice feature that I haven't seen from yet - the ability to see others editing the document in real time when working on a shared document. That is simply brilliant.
  • I don't know about Google office. I don't even heard about it. Microsoft office i know
  • I used Gmail for trash emails,,
  • Take a look at if you want to move your Google Docs from GDrive to OneDrive.
  • I understand that WPCentral covers Microsoft products and likes Microsoft products, but this article went beyond coverage and comparison and straight up is an advertisement. C'mon guys, we don't need you to do MS' marketing work for their products.
  • Funny, I don't see a similar comment from you on the Engadget article that goes out of it's way, several times, to say how much you don't need office for iPad because iWork is free. And they supposedly don't lean towards anyone.
  • Funny, I don't read Engadget. My comment still stands: is this the kind of article you want from a news site?
  • Point #1 is totally wrong.  Office Online offers stripped-down, web enabled clones of the real products  They are certainly suitable for many tasks but they are definitely not "free versions of Microsoft Office".  Office365 gives access to a streamed version of the real Office products.
  • Ok, I have a bone to pick. I am not a 'fan' of the Google ecosystem. and I would LOVE to switch exclusively to Office Online. But in my opinion, it does not seem to work as well as Google Docs does when 2 people are collaborating. My wife and I work were working on a packing list yesterday on Office Online and she was constantly having to refresh in order to see what I have done. Never have had that issue with Google - its instant. Yeah, Office online sorta works, but its not there yet. 
  • I can't believe I am actually seeing some of you try to claim gdocs is comparable to Office. I feel like the internet is more broken that usual.
  • I hate to say this but reason #6 Office for Ipad I already pay for Office 365, own a surface, windows phone, a venue pro and a desktop. I had added my wife as one of the users (you get to share with 4 or 5 people). She didn't use it at all. She had already bought Office for mac a long time ago. Yesterday, I installed Word, Excel and Powerpoint on her ipad and finally convinced her to switch from Dropbox to OneDrive. She's a professor and I showed her how she could share stuff with her students, etc. The advantage of only carrying the ipad to work convinced her, plus the tons of space I've acquired for her, plus the subscription. If only I could convince her to drop the apple products we'd be set!
  • I'll stick with Google Drive I think, works great on my Android phone and Android tablet as well as my Vaio PC and iPad. Posted from my Sony Xperia Z
  • I thought the very top reason for a Micosoft fan to use Office Online is because he/she is a Microsoft fan.
  • OneDrive is absolutely fantastic so are the online Office apps that accompany it. Microsoft just keeps giving me free space for some reason I started out with a simple 5GB account, now I have 75GB of free space plus 200GB I got with my Surface 2. Though I do have to admit I now also have 1TB of space from Google for just $9.99 a month that I mostly use to store my Movies do to it's absolutely fantastic streaming abilities. Everything else though goes to my OneDrive, I have over 6GB in photos and 16GB of videos from my Nokia 1020 alone, yea, I use my Nokia a whole lot.
  • I want too badly, but one reason I still have to use Google Spreadsheets is Excel still can not pull stock prices from the web. When Excel (online only is fine!) adds an equivilant to =GoogleFinance(TKR, OPT1, OPT2, OPT3) then I'm in baby.
  • This article is a joke, right?  You can't even name your files with these far-from-fully-featured little apps.  You have to go to OneDrive, hit recent documents, and right-click/rename.  Of course, you won't be able to find them once they're no longer recent--  you can't even put them in a folder.   Windows Live is a dumb, cheap toy.
  • I honestly HATE office online. I just had to come here and post this comment to express my frustration. I just got finished completing a presentation for school on office online since I no longer had my trial (which makes no f-ing sense when I purchased a WINDOWS computer! I mean you'd think they'd give it to you for free). Anyways, back to what I was saying, google docs is WAY better. I honestly had a nice, easy time while using it to collaborate and make a presentation with a fellow classmate of mine. While using Microsoft Online it was a constant struggle to log into my account. When I modified my document and made a few corrections it DID NOT give me the option to save my changes, it only allowed me to make an entirely new file and even when I did save it, it sometimes didn't make the changes. I've wasted FOUR hours, with trying to print out and make changes to my documents which would not save and not to exclude the fact that it was HELL logging in. Next time I will make it my duty to use Google Docs and will not purchase microst office as I was planning to. (Oh yea, it also takes FOREVER to load) Edit: I just came back from visiting the google docs page and my oh my. It loaded beautifully and quickly, it allowed me to print X amount of slides per page, etc. ALL of the things which was absolutely HELL to do in Mircrosoft Powerpoint. Step your game up Microsoft, because you are no where near google's level with your laggy a** office online. 
  • There is little substainence to this article, which seems to be in part paid for by MS? granted, this website is called, "windowscentral". MS is trying to compete, and it seems they realize most aren't going to pay to get the opprotunity to hack the platform with the 365 upgrade. The following two URLs currently point to the documentation, and development efforts, google doc's are more fragmented, so it's difficult to point at just one URL, vs.
  • edit:  Unfortunately, despite the bold title of this article, there is little subsistence to this article. Granted this website is called "windowscentral". It helps to assume MS is paying a generous contribution to your efforts. Obviously MS has a more robust local product, macros are brilliant, however for their cloud products, many users, perhaps most, aren't willing to subscribe to their monthly monetization strategy of mere access, which completely differentiates the products and one could argue impedes MS's success. Let's bring subsistence to this conversation, user documentation. It's difficult to point to just one URL for Google Work products, so let's just point their product line,, and mention a few of my favorite, Charts,, and Scripts, It's easier to point to MS's efforts, Hopefully MS will position and open infrastructure development to individuals with non subscription access. 
  • Unfortunately, despite the bold title of this article, there is little subsistence. Granted this website is called "windowscentral". It helps to assume MS is paying a generous contribution to your efforts. Obviously MS has a more robust local product, macros are brilliant, however regarding their cloud products, many users, perhaps most, aren't willing to subscribe to their monthly monetization strategy for mere access, which completely differentiates the products and one could argue impedes MS's success. Let's bring subsistence to this conversation, user documentation. It's difficult to point to one URL for Google Work products, so let's point to the main dev center,, and mention a few favorites, Charts,, and Scripts, It's easier to point to MS's efforts, Hopefully MS will position and open development infrastructure to individuals with non subscription access.
  • It's already in the header. Top 5 reasons are, of course, because they are Microsoft fans. How can that not be obvious?