Five reasons why Microsoft Office 2016 is better than Google docs and two reasons it isn’t

September 22, 2015



So people usually ask that why they shouldn’t use Google docs instead of Office? Its better, they say.

So now I am going to give you three reasons why Google docs is better  and five reasons  why Microsoft Office 2016 is better

There has been approximately three years since Microsoft’s last update for Office.

The new office, which was released on both Mac and windows, is called Office 2016. You can finally work with other people on your project or an assignment or a presentation in real time, seeing what they are editing and what they are working on.

This time Microsoft has changed the office a lot and they added a lot new features to Office

They added video-calling app Skype, integrations with its search engine bing for searching things while working.

But the question arise that can the updates do anything to win back folks who switched to the apps that Google and Apple have?

There’s no definite answer to that but it all depends on what you need from these kinds of programs. I am going to discuss Microsoft Office 2016 and Google Docs, both have their pros and cons. I’ll make it worth your while so you can decide which program to choose.

Five reasons why Office beats Google docs:

Built-in research with bing:

Office 2016 contains Smart Lookup, a new research tool powered by its Bing search engine. Using it, you can right click on a word to run a Bing search and get more information, without leaving Word, Excel or PowerPoint.


Search results pop up in a panel on the right side, next to whatever you’re working on, and include results from Wikipedia, Bing images and Web results. Click any of the links to open your browser and read more

Google Docs has had a similar research tool for years, but it’s nowhere near as powerful as  this new Smart Lookup feature or even a regular Google search.

Tools searching feature:

Microsoft acknowledges that the Office apps have so many features that it can be hard to remember where to find all of them in their various menus. So Microsoft’s Office team created a new search tool to help you find them. Think of it as a far less annoying and more helpful Clippy.



Built-in Skype calling

Microsoft added Skype for Business to Word, Powerpoint and Excel. The new Share menu in each app shows everyone who has access to that file. Hover over a name and you’ll see a pop-up menu with quick links to send a message or start a voice or video call with Skype, without opening the Skype app on your computer.


Pick up where you left off:

While it includes several big changes, Office 2016 is all about the small touches. One little new feature that adds a lot of functionality is the ability to pick up where you left off in a document. When you reopen a file you’ve been working on, Word shows you where you last worked and lets to jump to that place with one click.

Office’s history of advanced tools

Microsoft Office has long been the standard for those who use word processors, spreadsheet tools and presentation builders at work. That’s because Word, Excel and PowerPoint are packed with advanced features, detailed charts and animated slides that are missing or limited with other programs. And for many people, Excel is the gold standard program for crunching large amounts of data. Not to mention Office was designed to work both online and off, so you can do your work no matter where you go. Google Docs can work offline, but you’ll need to have opened your file before you go off the grid.

two things why Google docs is better:

Real-time collaboration

Office 2016 introduces real-time typing to Word, where two or more people can work on a document at once, and you can see what everyone is typing. Each person is shown as a colored text cursor with their name that moves as they type. This works well, and as long as every person editing has a stable Internet connection, you’ll see changes and additions almost immediately. Multiple people can work at once, but this feature is only available in Word.

Google Docs has had this same feature for several years now, and what makes it better is that it works in Google’s presentation app Slides and in Sheets, the spreadsheet app. That gives Google the upper hand here — at least for the time being.

Sharing files

Microsoft has worked hard to make sharing much more seamless in Office 2016, but unfortunately, it still doesn’t feel as easy as sharing in Google Docs. With Office 2016, you can share files directly from the new Share menu in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Type in an email address and decide if that person can only view the file or edit it, and click share to send them a link to the file.


In my tests, sharing a file send an email to recipient, with a link to that file, instead of sharing an attachment. Microsoft designed it that way to make sharing easier, without requiring that you download the file before you open it. However, clicking the link opens, Microsoft’s free site with pared-down versions of the Office apps where you can make most edits. You can then open the file in the desktop versions of Word, Excel or PowerPoint for more advanced editing tools. The whole process feels like more work and more steps than sharing a file created in Google Docs.

In the end I would like to say that Microsoft won this time. But I don’t think google would like to stay behind.

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