For years, we have all pretty much used Microsoft Word for our word processing needs (or Corel WordPerfect for some of you old-schoolers). But now that the computer market has changed a bit, new options are being brought to the forefront.
The whole netbook craze has introduced other operating systems (like Linux). Unfortunately, these operating systems don’t always play nicely with Microsoft. And while Microsoft Office is hard to beat from a quality standpoint, there is an alternative that might be just the thing you need — Google Docs.
Here are some pros to this up and coming Office alternative:
Doesn’t need a lot of computing power
In fact, all you need is an Internet connection. Most netbooks don’t have a heavy-duty processor, so running Word (even if you could) would drain a lot of your efficiency. Google Docs is entirely cloud based so it won’t clutter up the memory and processor in your computer.
Works across various operating systems
Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome ... it doesn’t matter to Google Docs. So no matter where you are and what computer you’re using, you’ll always be able to use your word processor (as long as there’s an Internet connection).
Since Google Docs is based on the cloud (meaning it is accessible from any Internet browser), your data goes with you. You can access and share documents without needing your home computer. Plus, if your computer ever gets corrupted or damaged, your data is safe and sound on another server.
And here are a couple of cons:
Only available on the Internet
Yes, one of the pros is also a drawback. If you do a lot of work on the bus, plane or anywhere that you can’t get (or afford) Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to use Google Docs.
Doesn’t have the firepower of Word
Google Docs will allow you to do some basic formatting, but it doesn’t have all the capabilities of Word. You won’t have as many options when it comes to stylizing your documents or doing some of the fancier integrations with images or other external components.
Google Docs may just be the thing you’ve been searching for. If you have a device that doesn’t sync with the Office products, you can’t really go wrong with Google Docs. And the best part? It’s free!
If you need help getting up and running with Google Docs, give the Computer Guys USA a call at (928)468-0000.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC and CEO of “The Computer Guys USA, Inc” with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.