Google Docs vs. Microsoft Word: An Even Matchup?: I share this guy’s opinion:
Is Microsoft Word actually better than Google Docs and Zoho Docs? For my work, the answer is “yes.” The others simply can’t compete, not by a long shot.
[…] the software developers behind cloud-based platforms such as Google Docs don’t seem to recognize the publishing industry’s need for advanced features […]. As long as they remain largely unaware of those needs, those platforms will always lag behind more traditional offerings such as Word.
Yes, I know that Microsoft is the Evil Empire (actually, I don’t, but whatever). However, they’ve also been building Office for a really long time, and whether you’re willing to admit it or not, it’s a damn fine suite of software.
Google Docs is wonderful, yes, but only for certain use cases. Those use cases encompass probably 80% of the documents I write, but the remaining 20% is still a very big problem (just try printing well from Docs). And Office will handle most of the other 80% as well as Google Docs does, apart from the occasional need for collaboration.
There’s a long tail of document use cases where Google Docs just falls hopelessly short (I said as much last month). Until it doesn’t, I will remain a fan of Microsoft Office.