Microsoft Accuses Google Docs of Data Infidelity in Defending Office 2010

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  1. reghakr

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    Microsoft Accuses Google Docs of Data Infidelity in Defending Office 2010


    Alex Payne, director of Microsoft's online product management team, argued that Google Docs does not bolster Microsoft Office and demonstrated how moving files from Office to Office Web Apps in Office 2010 is preferable to migrating documents from Office to the Google Apps cloud. Google fires back, arguing that the latest refresh of Docs sports better editors to improve data fidelity. Still, Google has quite a fight versus the Microsoft's Office cash cow.

    Microsoft Accuses Google Docs of Data Infidelity in Defending Office 2010

    Microsoft's online product director May 11 dispelled the notion that Google Docs improves Microsoft Office, and demonstrated how moving files created with Office results in the loss of data fidelity.

    Google has been pitching migrations from Microsoft Office, which has more than 500 million seats worldwide, to Google Docs, the company's Web-based document, presentation and spreadsheet centerpiece for the Google Apps collaboration software suite.

    The company ratcheted up this argument leading up to the launch of Microsoft Office 2010 in an effort to lure existing Office users from moving to the free Office Web Apps suite of apps geared to replace Google Docs in the cloud.

    Google Enterprise Product Management Director Matthew Glotzbach said May 11 Docs makes Office 2003 and 2007 better because users can store Microsoft Office documents in Google's cloud and share them in their original format.

    Alex Payne, director of Microsoft's online product management team, argued that this was not the case in a blog post and demo video May 11, one day before Microsoft's ballyhooed launch of Office 2010 to the public in New York City. "They are claiming that an organization can use both seamlessly," Payne wrote. This just isn't the case."

    Payne explained that converting Office files to be read and edited in Docs results in the loss of such data[​IMG] components as charts, styles, watermarks, fonts, tracked changes, and SmartArt.

    To prove his point, a Microsoft product manager demonstrated in this video how uploading and converting Office files into the Google Docs cloud results in several lost data components of the document originally created in Office. The file's original watermark, page breaks, SmartArt, chart, columns were missing in action or wrongly rendered in Google Docs.

    The official then showed how users can cleanly move Office documents to Office Word Web Apps in Office 2010, a move that left the document's formatting and content nearly identical to its original state.

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  2. Jaydon H

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    Google?! Data infidelity?! Nah, surely google wouldn't do that...
     

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