Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office 2007

Weigh the pros and cons of each


(FSB magazine) -- Here is a quick look at the how Google Apps and Microsoft's Office 2007stack up against each other.

Google Apps

WORD PROCESSING

PROS: Real-time collaboration, instant backup, low to no cost.

CONS: Awkward clipboard integration, Internet-only access.

SPREAD SHEET

PROS: It's free.

CONS: Google's web-based spreadsheet app is this package's nadir. Quants will pine for Excel.

CALENDAR AND E-MAIL

PROS: Excellent search integration, calendar management, and mobile-access tools.

CONS: If you're offline, you won't be reminded of that key meeting.

SELLING POINT Creates one centralized web location for all your data: documents, mail, calendar, Adwords account, etc.

Office 2007

WORD PROCESSING

PROS: Word 2007 offers snazzy graphics, great spell-check, and slick integration with Office.

CONS: Confusing "Ribbon" layout.

SPREAD SHEET

PROS: Powerful new data integration and presentation tools enhance Excel 2007. If you deal with lots of data, choose Office.

CONS: None.

CALENDAR AND E-MAIL PROS: Outlook now puts professional CRM tools on your desktop.

CONS: Limited support for Quick-Books and other critical non--Microsoft applications.

SELLING POINT Slick look and feel make Office 2007 the presentation package to beat. If your meetings still stink, you have no one to blame but yourself.  Top of page

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