Google Drive vs Microsoft Word Comparison Chart

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Reviews

Anonymous
(Food Production company, 201-500 employees)

Google Drive Review

2019-04-21

Pros

That it serves as an alternative backup when Microsoft word fails

Cons

Does not have all the features as Microsoft Word

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Jonathan Hills

Google Drive for Educators

2018-11-29

Pros

I mostly use google docs for sharing with group class work.

Cons

It does not have all the functionality of microsoft word, say.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Anonymous
(Health, Wellness and Fitness company, 51-200 employees)

Google drive

2019-01-16

My experience using Google doc for school work has been positive. It is extremely easy to work on the same doc with multiple people even if we aren't together. I wouldn't use Google doc to create a PDF file or make a resume

Pros

This is a great, free service from Google. The best feature is that multiple people can work through the same document at the same time, which is great for group projects.

Cons

It does not transfer to Microsoft Word or PDF very well.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Shmuel Karasik

Excellent method of sharing files

2018-12-11

Pros

Google Drive eliminates the need to email files back and forth.

Cons

Conversion from Microsoft Word to Google Drive sometimes changes the layout around.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Nathaneal Witman

Google Drive Review

2019-02-15

Pros

Convenient, easy to use, free, and incredibly user friendly. Being able to share and work with multiple other users is an amazing feature.

Cons

Sometimes the format jumbles up when downloading as a Microsoft word document.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Caitlin Bein

Avid Google Drive User

2017-12-08

I prefer to use this over Microsoft Word. I love that I can access it from anywhere while on vacation.

Pros

Google Drive is awesome for all of your business and personal needs. Pros: is free & user friendly! Super easy to share documents with others.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Anonymous
(Education Management company, myself only employees)

SO Easy!

2019-02-02

I have been using Drive for around 8 years and I almost never use Microsoft word anymore because of it.

Pros

My favorite thing about this software is its convenience and the ability to open it up from anywhere.

Cons

On the app, it requires you to have the google docs app in addition to the google drive app if you want to open a document.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Lauren Novogrodsky

Google Drive

2019-01-23

Pros

It's a great tool to collaborate on projects with fellow coworkers.

Cons

I wish it mirrored Microsoft Word more - and had more of those features.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Jessica Parker

Big Fan

2018-09-26

Pros

I love that I can access Drive from anywhere, including on my phone!

Cons

Google Sheets isn’t as good as Microsoft Word, but overall, Google Drive is wonderful!

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Anonymous
(Food & Beverages company, 11-50 employees)

Convenient

2018-12-05

It does it all. No major complaints.

Pros

I have been using Google Drive for many years. For work (business), school and in my personal life. It is a convenient way of communicating and sharing docs/files/pictures with people over the internet and makes group work easy. Have used it as storage as well but mainly to write/edit/share work. A plus is that you are able to see who edits the work and what when you share with others. Oh and a group chat!

Cons

When copying and pasting into Microsoft Word the formatting is all different.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Anna Stitt

Google Drive Review

2018-11-26

Pros

Google Drive is user-friendly, facilitates cooperation, and is accessible via a wide range of devices.

Cons

Google Drive can be frustrating and difficult to use if you are used to Microsoft Word.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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John Hampson

Google Drive is the top dog

2019-04-01

I've been using Google Drive for most of my professional life and have enjoyed it tremendously. Highly recommended!

Pros

Google Drive is the easiest business application to use today, since every businessperson has a Google account and you can easily share documents with them using Google Drive.

Cons

More support for formatting features that are present in Microsoft Word and other popular word processing software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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David Sánchez

Google Drive review

2018-08-21

Pros

The software is easy for use, managment documents and save docs for see in other devices with your creddentials.

Cons

When import or export funcionalities to use microsoft word or microsoft excel and that funcionalities dont work.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Great user interface and sharing capabilities

2018-08-01

Very easy personal document management, as well as straightforward collaboration features for working in teams.

Pros

Unbelievably easy sharing capabilities. It's super easy to create and organize documents. This is collaboration made simple.

Cons

Better integration with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint would be helpful.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Melissa Wilcox

I use Google Drive for everything

2018-04-05

Pros

It is easy to use and it updates as you go so you never lose anything. Plus you can share it with others.

Cons

Sometimes the formatting doesn't stay true to other Microsoft Word documents so copying and pasting can be tricky.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Jordyn Bartholomew

Easy, and great for organization

2017-11-07

Very organizational friendly

Pros

That it helps with organizing all different types of documents, and presentations, and google sheets.

Cons

It doesn't always transfer the same formatting through Microsoft word within original documents.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Donna Vorce

Google drive Software

2018-09-11

I use Drive for almost all documents that we have at the church and my personal documents. It helps decrease the hard paper copies which provide more space within the office.

Pros

I love the fact that you can access this anywhere you are also that you can share the documents with others and work on them together. This elliviates the back and forth emails with corrections. You can work on the documents and fine tune it all at once.

Cons

The only think would be sometimes its hard to be compatible with Microsoft word. Not always but some times.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Arielle Vogelstein

Necessary Tool, Although Falls Short

2018-01-03

Pros

-makes it super easy to collaborate -free space=great! -easy to search archives -necessary tool for personal and business use

Cons

-i wish google docs & sheets were more similar to microsoft word & excel - they are missing a lot of features

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Christine Yun

Great resource to use to get access to real-time docs and share with friends

2018-07-24

Pros

The ease of use and how you can share it with multiple people and edit it at the same time. All your changes get saved immediately too so you don't have to save anything and worry.

Cons

There are some functions you can't do on Google Docs that you can do on Microsoft Word like downloading fonts

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Anonymous
(Research company, 201-500 employees)

Google drive - good for sharing files, not for editing them

2019-04-23

Overall experience is excellent. I use it for distributing assignments and home work to my students. I have created a shared folder with each of my students where they upload their home work. The software`s sync ability works seamlessly between devices. It is easy to download and check the work that the students are uploading.

Pros

Easy to use and install. Files sync instantly between devices. Shared folders work great. Downloading and uploading files is easy and user friendly.

Cons

While using google drive on Ipad, when you try to open the pdf or the microsoft word file, the content appears distorted..

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Rob Katz

My most used piece of software no matter where I work, Google Drive makes running your business easier

2018-10-11

Pros

Intuitive layout means you can start using Google Drive with almost no instruction. The apps integrate with Microsoft so you can share files and most importantly edit them live. Easy to learn permissions to control who has edit and view access of each part of each file. Having worked on both Google and Dropbox I am a firm favourite of Google. We have recently added Google Team Drive to make accessing all of our company docs ever better.

Cons

There aren't many cons but there are some small formatting issues if you are regularly working on both Google Docs and Microsoft Word/Excel.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Justin Re

Best overall office utility

2018-01-10

Pros

Its free. Simple UI. Kept up to date. Cloud sync. Auto update. Also I love that you can see who is currently editing and where.

Cons

Sometimes has compatibility issues across other platforms like opening in Microsoft word or excel.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Karan Uppal

Its Google afterall

2018-05-15

Pros

When it comes to google products there is very less chance that anything can go wrong. Really liked and use it daily.

Cons

It looses formatting from microsoft word. Maybe they can get better with this.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Anonymous
(Consumer Goods company, 1001-5000 employees)

Backup your files in cloud

2018-07-21

File backup in cloud

Pros

It is an excellent tool to backup the files in cloud. You can easily work on office documents with integrated Google office apps. Sharing the files is also very easy. The files sync across different platforms and devices. Enough storage in free license as well.

Cons

I only think the files created in latest versions of Microsoft word/excel might not work well with google apps.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Taylor Clute

Use for all of our document creation and collaboration purposes

2018-03-20

Pros

Really easy to collaborate with teammate on projects or track activity. I love how you can assign a comment or action to someone

Cons

The overall functionality is a little below a Microsoft Word/Excel/Powerpoint experience.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Google Drive Reviews
Google Drive
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Philip Alvarado

Verified Reviewer

Good App that everyone uses, but they need to innovate

2018-07-26

Pros

This is a typical products that everyone used when growing up. It is very easy to use because we are all so used to it.

Cons

For example they need to go online like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: GetApp
Helpful?   Yes   No
Microsoft Word Reviews
Microsoft Word
Word processing software
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Maximilian Iseson

Verified Reviewer

In with the new

2018-12-12

Pros

Microsoft word is the original out of the box writing tool. It offers complex features but sometimes difficult to maneuver.

Cons

The innovation that goes behind live editing is just not there, similar to google drive suite.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: GetApp
Helpful?   Yes   No
Microsoft Word Reviews
Microsoft Word
Word processing software
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A must have documentation application

2018-12-06

Pros

Very essential for documentation purposes, I always use it to create professional documentation for our products either business or technical, I never faced a performance problem with MS Word, it is very smooth with a huge library of functionalities, I always use it also to format professional E-Mails content free of language mistakes

Cons

The package is still heavy and consume time and space from the hard desk, also we are missing an integration between MS word and Google drive as MS word still couldn't be done online which a lack of flexibility.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
Helpful?   Yes   No
Microsoft Word Reviews
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