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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Microsoft Still Have Competitive Edge

I have used Libre Office and Google Drive for most of my work at home. However, there are times I find it necessary to return to Microsoft to get things done. The alternatives do not seem to be able to get the right functionality.

SkyDrive Excel ribbon


I do not know if this is due to pattern or because the developers of alternatives do not know how to do it. The one option is the ability to copy and paste banking data and recognize the balances as numbers instead of text. Google Spreadsheet can’t do it, Libreoffice also failed. The balance column consist of the currency sign, in my case MYR and the comma delimiter. I found two products that recognize them instantly and both products are from Microsoft. They are Microsoft Excel and Skydrive version of Microsoft Excel.


The Skydrive version of Office provides very little functionality compared to Google Drive but this is one function that works well.


I also found that Microsoft provides me 50 Gigabyte for free compared to 15 Gigabytes from Google. However, Google do not count document created in its native format against the 15 Gigabytes. I do not know if they will change that policy in future but this offsets the difference between the two options.


As for the comparison between Libreoffice vs Microsoft Office, I am still a lot more comfortable with Microsoft Office. The interface is more intuitive. This could also be due to the pattern restriction.
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