Matt HealeyWednesday,19 December 2012

The Snap:

Since I have left my previous employer, I no longer am in possession of Windows-based PC. I have been writing these posts on an Android tablet using Google Drive as a word processor. Despite the problems with an on-screen keyboard, which I find difficult to use, Google Docs is OK as a word processor. Given what I paid for it, free, it is a great deal. Finally, I really like having all of the docs accessible in the cloud, so that I can access them from anywhere.

The Download:

In general I am pretty happy with Google Drive. It does not have all of the features that Microsoft Word does, but it gets the job done. The problem that I faced with it is that in order to compile the posts into the format required for The Snap Download’s Kindle book, I needed Microsoft Word. So, for the book in had to borrow my wife’s PC. Which is fine, but it would have been easier if I could have used a full version of MS Word through the cloud. I have a licensed copy of Office that we bought with my wife’s PC and so I investigated using Office 365. The problem was that in order to get Office 365, I needed to sign in on a Windows-based device. Now I can do that, but they also have no record of the copy of Office, despite having purchased it recently. The net result of this is that for the next book, I may investigate using Google Drive for the manuscript preparation.

Doing this will dramatically reduce my need for a copy of Office. I would prefer to use Office. I know the software and can navigate quickly. But Microsoft is making it hard for me to do that. The world is moving to tablets, mobility and the cloud. Consumers are increasingly using cloud-based apps for most tasks. The one that is still not fully in the cloud is Office, despite being the most common app for information workers. By not fully embracing the way in which people are using tech to accomplish tasks, Microsoft is putting itself at a significant risk of losing the dominance it had around the Office suite. This is on top of the problems they are currently having around client operating systems and the lukewarm warm response to Windows 8. They do not have a significant presence in the smartphone or tablet markets despite a few attempts. I am not sure that Microsoft can afford to miss yet another major shift. I fear that they might miss this move they way they missed server virtualization.

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