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    This puzzles me: why do people still use Microsoft Office, let alone 365? Google exists with so much better options, the online thing is you need internet access if you want it saved to the cloud, but now they even allow offline access if you have the software downloaded. For literally $5 per user per month you get business email on your domain name (group emails like help@owenbick.com are free). They have an app store to make all their applications even more powerful. Their search destroys Bing, their entire business suite is literally $5 a month, assuming you use your own domain. If you use a Gmail email, it's free. Why do people still want to use Microsoft that runs at $175.00 and lacks almost all of these features?

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    I use Windows as an OS and OpenOffice for documents.
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    I'm not sure what world you are in, but Google sheets, is at best a stripped down version of Excel. I use both depending on need. Yes, the online collaboration is better than Google sheets, but that is it. If you go out to the support forums there are scores of requests for basic improvements that have been made repeatedly for 10 years. Yet, simple things like border width have not been implemented. That makes me wonder how long Google will continue to support it. In addition, updating of formula values on Google sheets is slow, very slow. (Yes, I do have a very high speed internet connection). In addition the Excel interface is far superior to Google sheets.

    I don't want to appear to be knocking Google sheets, it's a good product for the price and the collaboration is good. But it is not in the same league as Excel.
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    Personally I don't like the subscription model for software which seems to be the thing these days since it lets them make more profit. I prefer the old way of doing it where you buy the software and when there is enough reason to upgrade you pay up one time and upgrade. I use Microsoft office 10 and when it is so obsolete that I must change then will look for something free or maybe consider Google. The same goes with my other software. I have Adobe CS3 which lets me do anything I can think of that I need to do. I will do my best to avoid going to the current programs which are subscription only. I am sure the new cloud based programs will do more but I can do anything that I know of that I need to do. Five bucks a month isn't bad and actually considering that I went from Office 2002 to 2007 to 2010 it is probably less than I spent. Still, I hate things that are $ x.XX a month and try to avoid as many as I can but of course there are tons you can't avoid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nealrm View Post
    But it is not in the same league as Excel.
    This.

    There are still no good alternatives to Excel out there for anyone that needs to do more than 5th grade level math on a spreadsheet. I say that as someone who uses Google Sheets and LibreOffice Calc on a daily basis.
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    What about business email? I see a lot of people using Outlook or their own server...

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    Are you talking about Outlook the eMail software for reading and sending emails, or Outlook the email server? The two are different.

    The Outlook software is a great program for keeping tracking of and sending email. It allows for easy searching and retrieval. As for the server, it is just another free email provider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen View Post
    This puzzles me: why do people still use Microsoft Office, let alone 365? Google exists with so much better options, the online thing is you need internet access if you want it saved to the cloud, but now they even allow offline access if you have the software downloaded. For literally $5 per user per month you get business email on your domain name (group emails like help@owenbick.com are free). They have an app store to make all their applications even more powerful. Their search destroys Bing, their entire business suite is literally $5 a month, assuming you use your own domain. If you use a Gmail email, it's free. Why do people still want to use Microsoft that runs at $175.00 and lacks almost all of these features?
    I use both. I love Google app services. And you're right, it's really cheap. I especially love the ability to manage a fleet of phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and Chromecasts from a single dashboard. That's pretty bad ass.

    But it's not for everyone and everything.

    I use MS Office because it's good. It's also universal when communicating with other business people, and integrates well with the other MS services that businesses use. MS Word is the standard document creator in the business world. It's kind of hard to do business with people who use it, when you don't have it. You will not convince other people to learn an entire new platform just because you don't have MS Office.

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    What about business email? I see a lot of people using Outlook or their own server...
    Again, I use both. I use Outlook from Office as an email client, but I have my own email server. There's a difference between the free Outlook and the Outlook that is part of Office.
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    Personally, I like the features of Word and Excel, it makes my word my easier. I've used Openoffice Word and Calc, which are just watered down versions of what Microsoft offers.

    I guess if I had to actually pay for MS Office though, I'd look for free or cheap alternatives. But MS formats are what all my clients use, so I'd have to convert other program's files extensions into MS ones anyways.

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    I'd hate to have the internet kick off and not be able to access my stuff. I use LibreOffice and save stuff locally.

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