Most of us know that Google Docs and Spreadsheets which comes with Google Apps, while it has its perks, is really no comparison to the functionality offered with Microsoft’s Office.  A recent report talks about this and the fact that “Google Apps is useful in a limited set of circumstances” which could ultimately lead to disappointment among enterprises and large companies.

Essentially the report is telling businesses to look at Google Apps carefully before buying. At $50 per user per year, it’s an attractive solution for companies because it’s affordable compared to what they’d spend for other more full-featured services and applications they’d use otherwise. For those companies that need the powerful capabilities that Microsoft Office offers, Google Apps offers no equivalent.

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The report also points out the risk of lost data. While Google does guarantee 99.9% uptime, it’s really only for email. And in the Google Apps user agreement, it states that Google “will not be held liable for lost data, lost profits or lost revenue, or the cost of buying a substitute product if the Google Apps service fails.” That statement is not very reassuring for any company.

So while Google Apps has caught the attention of many businesses both small and large, which could affect Microsoft’s sales of Office, I don’t think Microsoft is going to feel quite the sting from this that many expected. The large businesses and enterprises that need full-functionality aren’t going to be able to rely on the services included with Google Apps which is still considered by most to be “under-developed.” Until there’s a web solution that offers the stability and functionality that Office does, Google Apps is no match and people will stick to what they know for sure works.

Source: InfoWorld

There Are 5 Comments

  1. Of course the MS Office EULA no doubt also has the usual disclaimers of merchantability, warranty, direct and consequential losses, and indemnification, etc. But that aside, I complete agree that Google Apps is no Office replacement. I think Google is making a mistake in starting to charge for Apps and in positioning it as an Office alternative so soon. It could be a truly disruptive product, but forcing users to compare it with Office right now is only going to highlight its shortcomings instead of its advantages.

  2. You’re definitely right there. I’ve tried Google Docs and everything, but I’ve never seen that much appeal to using it as your sole Office suite. It lacks a lot of the power that Office suites have, and not being able to run my own backups minimizes the amount of trust I have for such a service.

  3. @Peripatetic: If Google spent more time making Docs and Spreadsheets into a more full-featured services, it wouldn’t be so bad. But like you said, they’re charing for it and at this point, I think it’s a mistake.

  4. I read somewhere (maybe PCW), and agree, that Microsoft’s biggest competitor when it comes to Office is Microsoft. The older Office versions get the job done, and so many don’t bother paying for the upgrades. I think Office 07 did an excellent job in combating this, though, since it actually includes significant, user friendly improvements.

  5. Why not fall on star office that is now a part of google pack.?

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