Technology has advanced massively over the years. Long gone are the days of waiting 10 minutes just to get to your login page. We’ve watched Microsoft Office transform into the modern system it is today. But as of late, there’s a new contender on the block that is increasing in popularity. The online based version of Microsoft replicates each product Microsoft offers bar a few. It was rolled out in 2007, and has increased in popularity ever since. A lot of people have already made the jump, but a few are hesitant to enter the online world . But how does the old popular favourite compare to the new completely online service?
Microsoft office has been around for as long as any of us remember. 90’s babies will have grown up with the software and be ever so familiar with it. It was released in 1989 and was rolled out to Mac computers. It offers PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Publisher, and Access. Other programmes include services such as outlook, however these don’t require a payment or download as the others do. Now, here’s the downside. There is a hefty price to pay, with it costing around $150. But you do get all programmes with that, and it is a one off purchase. You can also choose to pay monthly, and can also share the package with five other users to spread the cost. The usability of all is pretty straightforward, with PowerPoint being the most technical. There are courses such as those offer by Training Connection to help you get to grips with all the different features. It’s the main software that people use, so saving and sending work to other is always easy. With Microsoft office you can do anything, and it’s still the longstanding champion in its area.
Google has been at the forefront of technology for a while now. One impressive service that has only been around for just over 10 years. They offered a similar service to Microsoft, but just with fewer packages. With Google you can get spreadsheets, docs, and slides. All look pretty similar to word, and offer near enough the same features. There are some really cool features entailed, it’s automatically saving as you type, so you don’t have to worry about losing your work. It’s also completely free and web based, with something called Google Drive created to store your work. So unless Google drive becomes compromised, it’s safe. From the Google Docs, you can also download whatever you’ve done as a word document, which means sending people who don’t use Google’s services work, a lot lot easier. This doesn’t, however, apply for spreadsheets or slides. Which is a little tricky as as we’ve said, Microsoft is still the most popular for creating powerpoints etc. It is estimated though, that with everything is this world revolving around the internet, that before we know it more and more people will be using Google rather than Microsoft. It’ll be used predominantly in schools, but more businesses are beginning to take the plunge into the online world.