- The article states that there are 120 million accounts using Google Drive then goes on to explain that Microsoft sold 2 million Office 365 Home Premium subscriptions. The idea that users will choose either Microsoft Office or Google Docs is based on antiquated thinking. Savvy users don't feel the burden of being tied to a particular software package. I mean, how many of those 120 million Google Drive users do you think don't have any iteration of Office on their computers? Like 8?
- Individual users may not like Office, but their employers might like it lots. Microsoft released Web Apps in 2010 - 4 years after Google Docs - and, according to the article, 60% of Fortune 500 companies have gone with Microsoft Web Apps. Even with a four year head start and a better web UI, Google still cannot top Microsoft in the enterprise market. So, if your employer needs you to work on an Excel spreadsheet with complex formulas, you either grab a copy of Office or work on your resume in Google Docs.
- Free isn't necessarily free. Sure the Millennials may be used to getting all things digital without paying, but as the cloud matures, people are starting to understand the catch. Users, especially commercial users, take issue with signing away the rights to their original works for Google to use as it sees fit for it's own purposes. From the Google Drive TOS:
"When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones"
Yikes - no thank you. I'll keep my own stuff for $10/month thank you. Here is Microsoft's SkyDrive TOS (Skydrive is where Web Apps are stored):
"5. Your Content: Except for material that we license to you, we don't claim ownership of the content you provide on the service. Your content remains your content. We also don't control, verify, or endorse the content that you and others make available on the service."In a nutshell, here's the deal. Google Docs is a great tool that will actually eat away at some of Microsoft's Office marketshare. I just think we need to keep a little perspective in the argument, that's all. What demographics will be most likely affected? Chromebookers, people who hate using Office, people who steal Office, and nobody else. I don't think losing those demographics will kill anything, just sayin.