The Valley is buzzing about Google Apps and some even think this is a major deal-breaker for young office 2.0 companies. Is the game really over?
No, it’s just the beginning. I don’t think Microsoft Office and the other market entrants should be discounted, for a number of reasons.
I was reading Larry Dignan’s excellent post about Google Apps Premier. We’ve been using a version of Google Apps for over a year – back when it was Writely. We got hooked and have been using it ever since-We even took our relationship to the next level and started using the spreadsheet, notebook, and calendar.
But we’ve found several shortcomings, too. For example comparing Google Spreadsheets today to MS Excel is like comparing a scooter to a Porsche.
I know that sounds harsh, but let’s face it – MS Office has rich, reliable features. In runs better. It’s only immediate downfall is that the current version we have is “flat”… but if we could “easily” collaborate among our MS Office products in the same way we do with Google Apps, I’d have no reason and motivation to ever use the latter.
And then there’s the biggest problem I faced while spending about 6 weeks on the road this summer. What I do if I don’t have an internet connection? And what if Google loses my documents? They are not ultimately responsible for that, so if I have an abundance of information saved only there… scary.
Combined with confidentiality issues that Larry mentions, their entrance in the office market is certainly not “game over.” And the hype, though expected, is just hype at this point.