One thing it does, however, that Word won't do is collaberative editing.
My boss and I worked together on some copy for distribution to potential customers. Between the two of us, we can make some very professional-reading copy for advertising our product line.
We used a technique of Google chat (for audio), and Google Docs, to work together on the editing. We'd look over a sentence, read it aloud, then try out something else, making modifications to the document real-time. That might prompt another approach, etc., until we had the document with the maximum amount of punch possible. If one of us made a grammatical error while writing out an idea, the other would fix it real-time.
I've never had a more productive editing session. You had to see it to fully appreciate it.
Parting out my snowmobile right now, got a spreadsheet on GDocs of who
wants/bought what for how much. Nice to hit that link, at home or at
work, and have the latest-greatest copy right there.
As a replacement for an office suite? Not even close right now.
My biggest complaint with office is how the constantly move shit around.
Leave the fucking controls in one spot fer fucks sake!
We're an hour's drive away from each other most of the time.
And he took our collaberated writing and repasted it into another tool for distribution, so yeah, we don't use it as a proper word processor. I've found that I cannot get the documents it generates to work properly with my printer for some reason.
I could understand if it didn't preserve formatting or pictures, but nothing pasted at all.
I'm sure if we dug around some more, we may have found an alternate solution, but we were working towards a deadline, so we didn't have time to go researching on the web.
I really would love to be able to use Google Docs for all my office-related work. When something simple like cut-and-paste doesn't work, though, it really makes me wonder what other simple functions aren't working right.
Well, cut-n-paste isn't simple if you're working with a browser; when are you clipping mere web-page related stuff, and when are you actually getting the kind of data you want?
But then, I don't know how fancy web pages can be these days.
Still, I can see where it can be frustrating if you're working across applications like that.
In my work, we use Google docs for anything collaborative, but the spell check/grammar check in MS-Word is still far superior.
I used OO for a long time, but when I start this job, it just didn't quite cut it - I had issues with the track changes, for example.
And I think MS isn't nearly as evil as Apple.
well, yes, MS is not remotely as bad as they used to be.
same accounts for ibm.
and yes, the apple monarchy is pretty bad. though it has to prove whether the new king is going to keep it up like that, or whether their kingdom fails soon.
Made-by-Microsoft is a showstopper. If you're going to have resolve, you've got to stick with it.
fleeb: I do agree with you about cut-and-paste not being so simple when it's in a browser window. It does make me wonder, though, how, or even if, Google solved this issue in Chrome OS.
To get somewhat back on-topic, though...Today I had to pull a mess of data from a web application we use for test tracking, and import it into an Excel spreadsheet. I noticed that Excel has a button to import data from a web page. I thought, "Great! This will save me some time." Of course, that opens up the web page in an embedded Internet Exploder window and our test-tracking web app doesn't work in IE!
Cut and paste *can* work with a browser window but it's dicey at best. Good web apps will offer you the ability to "download as CSV" or whatever format is appropriate for the data in question.
This lack of any working copy&paste in google docs is among the biggest showstoppers. The overall crappyness of userexperience and the fact that it comes from google forcing you to use their SSO login on any google affiliated service is what makes me only use it in porn/privacymode of firefox.
Have they finally given up on their proprietary "Microsoft Tag" format that nobody uses but them?
It's nice to see a proprietary format go down in flames once in a while, especially when it's one belonging to the Great Satan of Redmond.