Is Ditching the Old Microsoft Office such a bad thing for Google Apps™?

Post date: 15-Oct-2012 15:21:42

A lot has been written the last few weeks about Google's decision to stop supporting file exports from Google Docs (Drive) format files to the classic Microsoft Office formats, .doc, .xls and .ppt. Most comments have been negative with some analysts immediately stating they will ditch Google Apps for Microsoft Office 365. Since then Google have announced on their Google+ post that they will delay the move until 31 January, 2013, after realising that some of its customers wanted more time.

After January, Google will focus on supporting exports to Microsoft Office formats, which rely on open standards (.docx, xlsx, .pptx) and anyone with Office 2003 or older will need to download the office compatibility pack from Microsoft

So Google is ditching a document format which is over ten years old and moving to the open standards format available from Office 2007 and used by other software products.

Is this really all that bad? Those companies and consumers with the older versions of Office, probably already have the compatibility pack already installed as they they are always being sent documents in the new format.

If we followed through, then any change is bad and we should all be using typewriters, or maybe back to the slate.

By Chris Barrow

Aragorn Consulting - Google Apps™ Authorized Reseller