Microsoft Word vs Google Docs

Microsoft Word has been the go-to choice for word processors for as long as we can remember. Whether it was for a formal high school paper, notes during a college course or a business presentation, everyone flocked to Word because it was the only high-performance word processor that was available. Plus, it came preinstalled on many workstation PCs. However, this is changing. Google Docs is a suitable alternative that can be shared and synced easily. Oh yes, and it’s free.

The question that everyone is asking is why buy something when you can get a similar product for free? Well, the answer isn’t quite that simple.

Word’s features trump the simple interface of Google Docs, hands down. Microsoft has been developing its word processor for over three decades, and there are just some features that can’t be topped. At the same time, Google Docs offers documents, presentations and spreadsheets. It even has some drawing tools, voice typing and video calling. What the average person needs is neatly tucked into Google Docs.

Let’s break down the different features of both Word and Docs and determine which one comes out on top.

  • Word Processing: Microsoft Word has the advantage here, and it’s no surprise why. Microsoft has been perfecting their word processor since the 1980s, and it’s the best pick for more technical writing. There are third-party add-on tools and advanced editing tools you can use from your gaming computer as well. Google Docs is far more basic.
  • Interface: In this category, the scales tip in favor of Google Docs. The advanced features of Word make the interface more complicated to use, which won’t help you if you only need to use basic writing tools. Docs is straightforward, lightweight and easy to navigate.
  • Sharing: Google Docs is online, which means sharing documents is super easy. In fact, multiple users can view and edit the docs online in real time from their CAD workstation PC. Word has sharing capabilities, but they are more clunky and hard to use.
  • File Compatibility: Both Word and Docs are compatible with most word-processing formats, but Word can import its own files more easily. It’s also much better at displaying file formats that are more complex. With Docs, it’s often easier to copy and paste and then reformat.

There is no clear winner when it comes to Microsoft Word and Google Docs. It really depends on what type of work you’re planning to do and whether or not Word is required by your employer. If you use Word at work, you’ll probably want to use it at home on your workstation PC as well. On the other hand, if all you need is a basic word processor, you’ll love the lightweight feel of Google Docs that allows you to share and edit in real time and not pay a dime.

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