Microsoft Asks Students To Use Office Suite Instead Of Having Suboptimal Experience Using Google Docs

Microsoft recently blogged about the advantages of using Microsoft Office Suite by students for collaboration. Microsoft cites familiarity with Office and file fidelity are the two main advantages.

If you students want your ideas and creativity to be intact as you collaborate with other team members using different devices? With Office available on both PC and iPad, you can easily share Office documents among team members without worrying about losing the fidelity of the standard Office document format. Even when a feature is not supported on a particular device, Office retains the file fidelity and document formatting. So when you reopen the document on a platform that does support the feature, all capabilities are intact.

Microsoft also highlighted the suboptimal experience of using Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Office is already available on Windows and iOS and will be made available in other platforms soon.

On the other hand, if someone on your team moves the file to Google Drive and opens it to make changes, you no longer experience that familiar Office look and the formatting is a mess, will likely be recreating the formatting and making sure no content was lost. No matter what kind of group project you’re collaborating on, you don’t want to waste time reformatting and finalizing the collective work of your team, or worrying whether one or more of your team members is unable to share in the rich Office experience on their devices. These Office experiences will continue to make collaborating across devices easier, richer and more complete than ever.

Source: Office blogs

  • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

    I have yet to meet a single person who actually prefers Scroogle Docs over Microsoft Office, and even those I’ve met online only do it for ”the price”. (–_–) – yep.

    • GG002

      I’ve had a few colleagues using Gdocs, and the amount of money they saved on not having industry’s gold standard, they lost in time and screwed up data due to terrible consistency and compatibility in gdocs.

  • RoboOx

    Sure, I buy that MSOffice is better than GDocs, but Microsoft needs to offer an alternative for the entire GApps platform. So what about GSites, GGroups,?

    • Lars

      Go for Office 365 it has SharePoint online that tackles GSites GGroups also websites are free on Azure

    • Revben Chase Da Kingdom

      First those are not available to consumer and are not free. Second office online is free and comparable to gdocs for consumer use.

      Third are you just so ignorant or a troll! If you plan to mAke a comment like a statement, at least make sure you are at least paritly right.

      Yammer, sharepoint, group in any part of office 365. There is a reason office 365 is a 2.5 billion business.

      • freeman

        Office online for consumer you have to view the document in read only mode before you can edit it. Every bloody time!

  • toby

    Gdocs are half baked explains cheap $ .. like the rest of their offerings ..

  • NegLewis

    OK! Let me see.
    A Windows tablet cost 2x that an android one. So… NO thx MS.
    Next: a W. tablet has less than 5-10 GB of free space… Even a 64 GB one is left with only 10-15 after 3-6 months of W. Updates, Program Data ++
    Last: most of W. Tablets are nowhere to be found in ANY world wide stores…and if you manage to find one… costs 2x that in USA ($300 becomes L 300 == 450 Euro + taxes = 600 Euro == $800).

    SO…NO! 10x.

    • Kruegerman

      Enjoy your ghetto tablet.

      • NegLewis

        This is what I/we afford to buy.
        Would YOU buy a $300 tablet with $850… just to … A TABLET? Any tablet?

    • Kiddyful

      Why not get a laptop? Even a Chromebook is more powerful than a tablet in my opinion (and its price is very competitive).


      Why does that matter? Office is available for Android and iOS so you don’t need a Windows tablet. Even so the price of the Windows tablets that you can actually use is pretty close to the Android ones now.

  • Bugbog

    Hilarious! (But so true!)

  • Bugbog

    Google Docs is a Troll of Office on an enterprise level and scale, and, I suppose, the biggest frustration for Google (as evinced by Larry Page) is that Microsoft hasn’t co-operated with them in allowing complete inter-operability with Gapps, as demonstrated in the video, which, obviously, would eliminate some of Office’s advantages, not to mention its profitability to Microsoft itself.

    • freeman

      This is the problem, gdocs just isn’t enterprise its very education friendly. Third party developers can tie tools into Google drive and automate workflow across all its services. Several companies for example provide tools such as word clouds, mind mapping etc but most important in education accessibility tools. All these are delivered & deployed via the Chrome web store easily. Then there is Google apps script where teachers can automate workflow easily. This alre already large communities of teachers built around this. Then we look at Googles engagement, classroom is now out in a restricted beta, it’s a direct response to requests from teachers who have been using teacher built workflow scripts like doctupus.

      Office online is a response to Google docs but that’s all. Its still trying to trap people by using partially open standards and claim u already know how to use office. They need more than this.

  • sggodsell

    Microsoft asks students to buy and use their products. At the same time putting down the competition. Please buy our Microsoft products. Please, please, we need more money. Stop using suboptimal stuff from our competition and only use our stuff.

  • koenshaku

    I noticed in more than one of Microsoft’s ads they have had Google Chrome on their taskbar which is unmistakably Microsoft..