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Overview

Explore Excel. New data analysis tools help you track and visualize your data for greater insight, plus more ways to share your data.

Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time.

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  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
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  • Knowledge base
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User reviews

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Pros

Great, I have loved the ease of building reports.I found it easy to learn and easy to use from the start.

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Rhonda R.

I like the ease of this software to input my numbers that have been acquired over the year and is a good reference to keep my numbers straight.

JM

JORDAN M. J.

Super convenient and great way to organize table format data. Use it for budgets and super easy to input and find values.

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Anonymous Reviewer

Pros

As good or better than any other wordprocessing software. The bonus is that it seamlessly integrates with other google software.

Kerry W.

Some of the most prominent features of this app are. It's powerful and has a very elegant and simple user interface.

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Anonymous Reviewer

I love how easy it is to use and how file sharing is super integrated. The quality for the cost of the product is super.

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Logan T.

Cons

The software cannot be readily integrated or harmonized with other information systems. The software is totally insensitive to human errors; it does not prompt the user when there is an error.

DG

David G.

It can be hard to figure out your mistakes. The macro feature cant be undone and can be harmful if ran an accident.

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Anonymous Reviewer

When there is a large amount of data entered into a spreadsheet it's inevitable to have trivial human mistakes made. Sometimes it's very difficult to find those mistakes later.

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MARAT N.

Cons

Some options are missing from it, but that is to be expected from a web-based app. The only thing I dislike is how hard it is to open the documents generated in Google Docs through other software.

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Boris T.

The icons are small and it's easy to accidentally press the wrong button or hit the wrong combination of keystrokes and change the menu into tiny icons with no explanations.

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Sarah A.

Small but still annoying missing features - for example, the live word counter stops showing the word count at 20,000 characters for absolutely no reason.

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Key features

  • Total features16
  • Calculators
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Generation
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Sharing
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Notes Management
  • Offline Access
  • Project Management
  • Project Templates
  • Real-time Updates
  • Search/Filter
  • Team Chat
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Total features6
  • Calculators
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Generation
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Sharing
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Notes Management
  • Offline Access
  • Project Management
  • Project Templates
  • Real-time Updates
  • Search/Filter
  • Team Chat
  • Template Management
  • Templates

Integrations

  • Total integrations773
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • SharePoint
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk
  • Total integrations289
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • SharePoint
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk

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Microsoft Excel

Strength in Numbers

Reviewed 2 years ago

Personally, I've always gone to Excel for its simplicity to add and import information from many sources and quickly and easily tabulate and manipulate the data to suit my desired needs. It's just so simple to reference data collected, and display it in a graph that's easily digestible by any audience.

Pros

When it comes to understanding numbers, Microsoft Excel has been there from the beginning of spreadsheeting. It is extremely easy to tabulate information and visualise it through graphs. Even for beginners. The true power comes together when using formulas to truly crunch the numbers, Excel even comes with packaged with a suite of maths helpers to simplify how data is organised and manipulated. You can quickly bring together datasets, then even embed them into a Word Document which updates graphs as you make your changes, bringing the cleanest and most understandable documents from your home accounting to that important boardroom meeting.

Cons

It is true that Excel by far exceeds the offerings of competitors like Apple's Numbers or Libre/Open Office. For me personally, the only drawback is the portability of google docs. Though google docs most certainly is not as feature rich as Microsoft Excel

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Basic Software for all companies!

Reviewed 2 years ago

It does everything you need, for a big business it's great! for small business it is not

Pros

Consulting for a small business, compatibility with Google Docs! The Macro features are very useful and the math tools are essential

Cons

There is Google Docs that far surpass the compatibility of Excel. Free to use software and saved on the cloud

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The defacto standard spreadsheet tool

Reviewed 2 years ago

The experience is good because it is the most feature rich tool in this class. Google docs has some nice features and user experience with collaboration, but as a standalone tool Excel wins.

Pros

Excel has always been the defacto standard for spreadsheets as long as I can remember. I have used it for a long time and am very used to it. I don't believe there are many other options out there. This is one of the oldest tools and the most feature rich. Since Microsoft has made the move to cloud, it is even better since you can access the application on any computer anywhere with internet just by logging in.

Cons

Even though Microsoft has moved to cloud, their software user experience is not on par with other providers such as Google Docs etc.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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The legend of Microsoft Excel is around for a reason

Reviewed 3 years ago

Excel is nearly always open on our computers. From data sorting to a quick analysis, excel is the go-to anything number related at our company. We host our complicated inventory on a Read Only sheet updated daily, and it hasn't let us down yet.

Pros

It's great for beginners. It's great for advanced data wizards. You can create charts, and diagrams, and analyses, and tables, and automate processes, and plan out projects. You can plan out the future, or you could analyze the past. The software feels snappy and much more, "solid" than Google Docs, but obviously Google Docs is free.

Cons

The 32-bit version crashes when dealing with large amounts of data. Tab management can also be somewhat unwieldy. Other than that, as long as you yourself don't have to pay for it, it's the preferred analysis software.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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The standard for spreadsheets

Reviewed 9 days ago

It is great if you can learn the macros and shortcuts to make your life easier

Pros

It is the standard we use everywhere. You can use google docs and the other free software online but everyone needs this on their hard drive.

Cons

They are migrating to office 365 which leave out the HD version but you can buy it so that it does load the office package onto your hardrive. Makes it easier to work when driving and when there is no connectivity.

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No true alternative for Excel

Reviewed 2 years ago

Excel allows me to pull raw data from my software, chop it up and provide it to clients in a simple way that is accessible to all.

Pros

I work with folks who use numbers and sheets. There still is no true alternative for Excel. My favorite elements involve the ease of use with Pivot Tables. I continue to drive value for my clients with helping them identify data with this simple but powerful function. Also, when merging data, the show duplicates option has saved me hours of effort.

Cons

I still feel that Offices sharing and collaboration features pale in comparison with Google Docs. So, for simple spreadsheets with multiple collaborators, Sheets is still a better option.

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Excel Fan for Life

Reviewed 3 years ago

Very positive. I keep Excel spreadsheets for data for multiple areas in my work. I routinely utilize them to better understand and track large amounts of data.

Pros

Excel truly allows you to take large amounts of data and manipulate them in different ways. The sorting options give you the opportunity to view data through a variety of lenses (i.e., sort by gender, program, cost, etc.). I also love features that allow you to reduce the margins and/or reduce the overall size of the document allowing you to print on a standard 8.5" x 11" piece of paper.

Cons

I wish we had the ability to 'share' an Excel doc, like we can do with Google docs, so multiple users could work in real time on a single document.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Superior querying ability in a spreadsheet program

Reviewed 3 years ago

I use Microsoft Excel to access downloaded reports from our Customer Management System. They are supplied as CSV files and Microsoft Excel automatically converts them, which saves me time compared with Google Docs. It is the industry standard, so there is lots of help available when I have a problem creating a query that I need. Overall I would say Microsoft Excel is excellent.

Pros

It has the most advanced querying facilities for a spreadsheet package that I know of. Google Docs, which was an alternative, doesn't have anywhere near as many querying facilities.

Cons

It is quite complex to create equations that can produce some desired querying abilities, and take considerable learning to master.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Widely known and easy to find videos

Reviewed 2 years ago

Excel is useful and widely used, but it does come with some tricks that require more looking up on the web to solve. I prefer Google Docs because it saves online and is a bit more user-friendly.

Pros

It is nice to be able to make graphs, charts, input data, formulas, etc. I know I have not utilized all the features, but it is very versatile with formulas and inputting data to look a certain way. It is also nice to do conditional formatting and that there are lots of YouTube videos explaining how to use different functions.

Cons

There are certain parts of this software I don't care for, but it may be because I do not spend enough time playing around with it to know what I need to know. For example, when I need to expand lines out, it does not auto-adjust - it will just cut off words. It is a specific function or feature you need to select to specify auto-adjusting. I also don't care for having the word "insert," as opposed to "insert below" or "insert above" etc. It can mess up data easily and can be frustrating. Again, this could be due to me not taking the time to understand the software.

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Excel is consistent, powerful, extremely useful

Reviewed a year ago

I took several classes at the local community college and it really opened up the options for excel by making it easier to use many of it's features. I use it regularly as a notepad, scheduler, pamphlet maker, and information compiler. Excel is one of the best most useful programs available for business and home.

Pros

It helps take large amounts of data and make quick work of organizing it with numerous features that make it possible to create graphs, run pro-forma numbers and simulations, and track information.

Cons

It takes some getting used to but it is so much better than google docs or Apple's "Numbers". However, it does not work as well on a Mac if you purchase it for use on a mac.

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Overall excellent program

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall, this is great program. It is very easy to understand the basic features. However, I may not all the features. In that case, it may hard to understand and use all the features. Most office has patterns to use the features and it is no problem not to understand all features. I like it very much.

Pros

It is necessary to have this program at most of offices. Everyone uses at my office. And it is also necessary skill on resume now. I've been using Excel for decades at office. Must have program!

Cons

Now I started using Google doc also. Google has similar program and it saves documents automatically. However, with Excel, I have to manually save. Other wise, I loose my job if I forget to save. It is the least I like.

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I Cannot Live Without Excel

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I don't even know where to begin. The functionality is fantastic. I do everything from simple budgets for my family, Christmas shopping, etc. to sales reports, company budgets, income statements, etc. I use many other softwares that integrate with excel and allow me to upload csv files into their system. Excel is easy to use and lots of functionality that I don't even know about.

Cons

I'd love if you can use these over the cloud more. I know we can share spreadsheets, but one thing I like about Google Docs is live updates between different uses. I wish we could use that through office cloud or something like that.

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The defacto number cruncher

Reviewed 3 years ago

Have been using Microsoft Office productivity suite for over 30 years (prior to that Lotus-123), and Excel has indeed come a long way. It meets all my requirements for number-crunching and graphing in particular, and Microsoft has steadily chipped away at its limitations as commodity hardware becomes more affordable (remember the 65,536 line limitation?). Highly recommended as the defacto spreadsheet software.

Pros

- Tables, math, graphs, number crunching, you name it - Excel has you covered - Easy to use (have been using spreadsheets since the Lotus-123 days - remember that one?) - Does the job

Cons

Can't really think of any currently - there are obviously competitors in the market (both cloud and on-premise, like Google Docs and OpenOffice respectively), but for spreadsheet-like functionality everyone who uses a computer would have been exposed to Excel or the Microsoft Office productivity suite.

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The universal tool with far more capabilities than many users know

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall, everyone knows what Excel is and the basics of what it can do. I would highly recommend it over Google docs for ease of use and capabilities. I would also recommend that you take every opportunity to learn it better and search for ways to use the advanced capabilities that are sometimes difficult to employ.

Pros

I like the fact that Excel has so many advanced features, far more than most users know. Power Pivot and macros can be used to automate so many routine tasks and save you countless hours. The shameful part is that there is a steep learning curve and many users cannot or choose not to learn about these advanced features. This does present a major advantage for those users who do take the time to learn the advanced features. You can automate many tasks and save time for yourself.

Cons

There are times when you get errors without any obvious rhyme or reason. Then, you have to search the internet to find out what is really causing the issue. For example, if you input a formula and it won't compute. Instead, it just sits there in formula format. You have to search the internet to find out that you have to change the format to General and then click in and out to get it to work. Surely, Excel could auto correct this or at least flag it for the user. Also, Microsoft on the whole has become aggressive with their data policy pop-up on Windows and Android. If you opt-out, it bothers you every single time you open the software, clearly trying to annoy you into submission and acceptance of sharing your "anonymous" data.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Excel is a business standard for a reason

Reviewed 2 years ago

When working as a contractor or other professional capacity where I need to provide data for someone else's use, I find that many offices are still defactor Microsoft offices, so having the ability to work in Excel is quite useful in my work environment. There are a lot of little extras that come built into Excel that you have to go find plugins for if you are a Google Sheets user (or program yourself)....

Pros

I like that that it's easy for me to use create or download macros and manage data from Excel integrated with other Office products. I feel like it's a little easier to link Excel data to a Word document than it is to link data from a Google Sheet to a Google Doc.

Cons

What I dislike most about Excel and all Microsoft Office products is the subscription payment model for licensing.

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Excel is Great for Formulas and Calculations!

Reviewed a year ago

Of all the years I've used Excel, I'm glad to have grown up using it. While using Excel as a basic spreadsheet for keeping track of clients, I mainly benefit from being able to create formulas. Excel has been around for a very long time and Microsoft continues to improve it's capabilities and functionality. I also like that they are so many videos on YouTube to show users all that Excel can offer and makes it easy to follow. I'm glad my company has Microsoft Office at all of our computers!

Pros

I grew up using Microsoft Excel. I mainly used Excel in my math classes in high school and college. I remember using Excel in algebra and calculus and it really helped to create a solid foundation in learning Excel's capabilities. Now that I'm in real estate I use Excel and formulas to determine the Return of Investment for rental properties for investors. I also use Excel to create spreadsheets for my clients showings. I'll input the MLS#, address, price, area, etc. Excel has come in hand many times for me and I like that it's available for free online.

Cons

I don't like that Excel as apart of Microsoft Office is not free and because of this, I often find myself defaulting to Google Docs and Drive as everything is more accessible. I do have a hotmail/outlook email and I do wish Excel was available right there like Gmail and Google Sheets.

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A spreadsheet platform that works for more than you might think!

Reviewed 7 months ago

My overall experience with Excel has been amazing. I started using it in an advanced way for engineering projects but quickly realized I could use it to organize pretty much any simple thing as well as collaborate with many people on spreadsheets to keep entire groups organized. Highly recommended!

Pros

The flexibility and ease of use of Excel is by far the best part about the software. My company and I use it for nearly everything. It can be great for finances, anything involving calculations, calendars, to-do lists, and more. It's often looked at as an advanced program but we use it for even the simplest organizational ideas and it's so visually appealing that everyone loves it for that reason.

Cons

It can be hard to accurately transfer files between Excel and other spreadsheet software such as Google Docs. Since people are on all different platforms, that is sometimes necessary but occasionally the formatting gets jumbled when importing data or a whole spreadsheet from another platform. It's never been catastrophic but it would be great if it was smoother.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Fantastic program that has made Excel the foundation of nearly all spreadsheets out there.

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Excel has done a great job of keeping users intuitively navigating the interface for over 10 years now. It's not only a great piece of software, but because it's so widely used and imitated (eg. Open Office, Google Docs, etc) that it's become a staple of required software proficiencies in the workplace. Super powerful, and easy to hit the ground running with.

Cons

For some reason, some of the times Excel will bog down and become laggy and or slow to respond to certain basic commands. Some of this is due to the size of the spreadsheets that I use, however, sometimes I'll notice this will happen even with smaller 1 page sheets but have different, albeit simplistic, formatting throughout the sheet. This appears to be more of a memory leakage bug more so than a direct problem with the features of the software.

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Efficient

Reviewed a year ago

I work with a team that I have to create content plans for, as well as create reports. Creating them is so easy and I can share the Excel documents via Google Docs, which makes the sheets accessible to everyone in my team. I also use Excel to create profit and loss sheets, and the process is smooth. I simply have to enter my figures and formulas and the software does everything else for me. Also, where other members of my team have to input values from different remote stations, I simply share the Excel sheet and when someone makes an edit, the document is updated automatically, which makes my job so much easier.

Pros

Excel is so easy to use; even newbies can get started with little training. In addition, it makes your job easy as all you have to do is put a formula and it does everything else for you. Furthermore, it makes creating and storing databases easy. Finally, you can sync it with your Google Docs, which creates an online back-up for your work.

Cons

I have used Excel for over 10 years and so far, I haven't run into any problems as yet, which is great.

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Microsoft Excel

Best bussiness spread sheet

Reviewed 2 years ago

Excelent. Daily used between me and my team to organize on a daily basis.

Pros

very intuitive. If you have the knowledge of how to use the program, it can manage most of any bussiness out there. Its very intuitive and helps organize any data while making it easy to understand, graph and interpret. Not only this but the online google docs version has most of the same functionalities and works exactly the same. Basic office program to own not only on a pc but on any computer OS and phone OS

Cons

can get a little complicated while using calculations on the spread sheet. High learning curve if you want to use most of the features, and sometimes page dont fit acccordingly.

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Microsoft Excel

Go-to choice for powerful data management spreadsheets

Reviewed 3 years ago

I love using Excel. It can do all that I require plus more. I use it for my monthly budget management at home and keeping track of personal records. I use it for workflow management of professional projects and creating surveys that are used all over the world. It integrates with other software and the cloud. It is simple yet advanced beyond my knowledge. While free versions are available on MacOS and Google Docs, they still do not compare to the familiarity and features of MS Excel.

Pros

It is familiar. This is the spreadsheet software that I've used for twenty years, having improved my skills as the software has got more advanced.

Cons

Too many choices/features. The toolbars feel cluttered and there is an unnecessary array of options for my regular tasks. I also do not like the new Office file management menu on MacOS: it is unintuitive and slow to open files from my Mac.

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Google Docs

Perfect fit for multiple locations

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall, this looks and feels very similar to Microsoft Excel and this is a valuable option two small businesses.

Pros

The autosave function Works excellent. I love that you can keep it open and multiple locations with different accounts and edit the exact same spreadsheet. It makes simple work like billing on a spreadsheet better than QuickBooks.

Cons

Not much to dislike about a free software that looks and feels like Excel. I guess the only drawback is it doesn't have all the functions that Microsoft Excel has.

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Google Docs - Unbeatable

Reviewed a year ago

I have been completely satisfied with Google Docs and subscribed to the paid plan. The customer service has been amazing and I use the software every day.

Pros

I love the fact that Google Docs has become universally used. I can securely share documents with almost everyone in my professional network and access them on any of my devices.

Cons

Some of the features are not as robust as the Microsoft alternatives. For example many of the features that are offered in Microsoft Excel are not in Google Sheets.

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We use the Google Suite of Office software Every day!

Reviewed 3 years ago

It works great! From the internet, you never have to save and you can use it anywhere!

Pros

What is not to like about the professional office products that Google offers? First let me state that I have been using Google docs, sheets, forms, etc for years and they are only getting better and more powerful. The collaboration with others is the best feature and the reason I started using this software. The integration with other Google office products is amazing and super valuable. Also the apps are great too, I am able to work from my phone.

Cons

Well, somethings still require you to be on a desktop and use Microsoft Excel... That, however, is a fading and changing. There are only a handful of times I've needed to use Excel over Sheets... Google Sheets is better.

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Google Docs not Microsoft yet

Reviewed a year ago

Inexistent customer service unfortunately. Trying to get help from google is a nightmare process. However the software is user friendly so perhaps assistance requests are few

Pros

Easy to use and set up, cheap to free, excellent for sharing and collaborating, multiple docs available for multiple uses

Cons

Still a long way before it has the functionalities of Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Customization is still limited

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The editor of the paper which really lets you share

Reviewed a year ago

I use Google Docs to build all of our written documents, edit, comment, upload, and export to PDF.I find it easier than others.Google's ability to move things from one phone to a shared network makes it easy for users to access various types of systems. To be frank, I would suggest Google Docs to every business or media group.

Pros

We can make the changes, and the automatic saving is amazing.I 'm making summaries for my mates to learn from there, I'm doing stuff for the university for them, and we don't have to upload a file that's changed all the time. An onscreen word count is one of the key choices that would be beneficial to include. There is a built-in tab to see word count and character count.Google Docs are conveniently accessible from anywhere, and I love the amount of plugins and integrations available.

Cons

I once lost a paper on which I had been working for quite a while when I hadn't known that I lost my internet connection.Both functionalities of Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word in Google Docs are not always possible.It has fewer editing and design features and is simpler than its alternatives.

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A nice alternative for Mac users that need a simple substitute of Office 365

Reviewed 3 years ago

Simple and easy to use. A perfect companion for those who don't want to spend a lot on "more traditional" tools. Very pleased with the number of available features in this free software. It really helped me in a lot of situations, specially as a Mac OS user.

Pros

Google docs is definetely revolutionary because it allows users to keep every documents available online, share documents with other users (to view and edit) maintain almost every feature of the paid version of Office 365, which is a market leader. Google docs allows me to create simple presentation, prepare documents or even create spreadsheets where everyone can change and collaborate. Simple and easy to use.

Cons

Since it's a free software some of the feature that we were used to use in other softwares. As an example: Comparing to Microsoft Excel, Google docs still lacks a lot of functions to the spreadsheets. It should have a desktop version/app. It's only available through web browser or mobile apps.

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Google Docs like all the Google Apps for Education, has been an invaluable asset in American schools

Reviewed 4 years ago

The benefits I get from using Google Docs is how simple and straightforward collaborating with others in real time is and being able to look back in the history of the documents at revisions made and by whom.

Pros

I like Google Docs as it allows for simple and effective collaboration between students and between students and teachers. Students sign in with their Gmail accounts and they can work collaboratively in real time once their teacher shares out the doc to them. It is very similar to Microsoft Excel, so many kids can seamlessly take what they already know about using Excel and apply those skills in Google Docs.

Cons

Having to use macros when cutting and pasting is challenging to remember at times. Adjusting the margins of the document was challenging to find initially for me.

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By far the best free word processing and spreadsheet cloud software

Reviewed 4 years ago

Ability to roll out across entire office easily. It is intuitive enough that newcomers can get on board easily.

Pros

The cloud aspect along with the ability to share across your organization and others makes Google Docs the most appealing. Also the ability to work within one document, comment and format at the same time as many other users. The ability to import and convert from other formats is also a big plus.

Cons

There is not technical support and the FAQ/help websites are not as in depth as they could be. You will have far more luck with user-run forums to getting questions answered. - There are a few frustrating limitations because this is a browser based (or app based) software. Some more powerful things you can do in Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint cannot be be replicated (as expected) in it.

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Say Goodbye to Microsoft Office!

Reviewed 3 years ago

A fundamental tool in everyday office-life. This may well replace Microsoft Office for you, like it did for us.

Pros

The majority of the fundamental features you'll be used to with Microsoft Office is here, developed by Google and is hosted on the cloud. In our business, we use "Sheets" on a daily basis to work on Microsoft Excel documents. We have the ability to have multiple users all editing the same document in real-time which makes getting work done so much faster and easier than there being one master file you'd need to bounce around the office.

Cons

There are a few features you'll find in Microsoft Office that you won't find built-in as standard here, but there's a huge library of extensions you can choose to install which should tick the box on pretty much everything in Office and beyond!

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Great for working in group.

Reviewed 2 years ago

I loved Google Docs, I had a great experience working with it and it is definitely a tool I would highly recomend to anyone.

Pros

I used this tool while doing my thesis and other projects in university. It was the most useful tool for my team because we could be working all at the same time in the same document. We used Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Powerpoint. While working you can see where your teammates are working and also you can chat with them to discuss ideas. You don't need to get together with your team, you can work at the same time while being in different places.

Cons

That it works only with wifi, you can't be online if you don't have access to internet. But that's the only negative detail. Everything else is excellent.

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Google Docs

The Ultimate Online Software

Reviewed 3 years ago

Using Google Docs allowed me to access my essays and school homework easily because I can access it anywhere, from home and from school. Google Docs is also free so you wouldn't have to pay any money out of pocket to get access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and all the other software needed for work and school.

Pros

As a college student, it is hard to come by money to get Word, Excel, and all the other Microsoft software needed for class use. Google docs allows more than just those software but also allows collaborative work throughout your peers. Google docs gives you access to word, excel, and all the other Microsoft software for free and is saved on a cloud that you can access anywhere and anytime.

Cons

There are some formatting differences between the actual Microsoft Word software and the other Microsoft software, which makes it kind of difficult to use and get it the exact way you want your paper to look like. There is also a danger for ddos attacks because it is saved in the clouds meaning anyone is able to access your information. So the main difference between google docs and Microsoft Words is personal privacy issues, however, I have not encountered it.

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Great alternative that works flawlessly across platforms

Reviewed 3 years ago

Cross-platform use (web, app, desktop, etc.), simultaneous-use for multiple people, and instant cloud saves.

Pros

The ability to jump into google docs seamlessly is valuable for much of my work. I have several devices/computers that I use and the ability to have everything save automatically in the cloud is powerful. The browser/app based approach allows it to quickly move to different platforms and devices. Additionally, the Google Docs allows us to share files live and work on them independently and at the same time. Creating cross-platform shareable files has increased our productivity and allowed for instant feedback. Google is also updating the platform continuously. Each month there are improvements to the speed and functionality of the platform.

Cons

Things will always lag behind Microsoft Word/Excel/Etc. Microsoft has corned the market and is the baseline for all document production. Microsoft has also moved to more of a cloud computing platform and may surpass Google docs in the future; however, at this time, the functionality of Google Docs is above Microsoft 365 web but behind on the desktop Microsoft platform.

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Great for Cloud storage and Collaboration

Reviewed 2 years ago

Our overall experience with Google Docs has been great. The action items feature in Google Sheets is easy to assign and keep track of comments and changes. Having them online saves a lot of time while switching from one laptop to another compared to storing files locally and transferring them manually for each laptop upgrade/switch.

Pros

1. The best feature of Google Docs is online collaboration where multiple users can work together in same Document/Spreadsheet in real time. 2. You can add comment and assign action items to other colleagues. 3. It has version control feature as well, which will allow you to roll back in case something goes wrong. 4. If you purchase premium service from Google, they also provide unlimited storage space option which will allow you to backup all important files in Google Cloud and the data is secure. 5. We can restrict levels of access while sharing Docs (like view only, comment only, Edit)

Cons

1. Compared to Microsoft Office suite, you may find lesser features (like running Macros) in Google Sheet Vs Microsoft excel. Other than few add-ins, you may find most of the other features in Google. But if your work is dependent on those complex Macros and add-ins, then you may have to still purchase MS office either as software (like 2016) or Office 365 online version. 2. Sometimes when you have too many tabs open in Chrome browser, each tab runs as a process in the background (you can see it in Task Manager) and may slow down your pc. There is a Chrome Suspender add-in available which will kill the processes from idle tabs and you can hit 'refresh' whenever you need those tabs back online which can save you from memory being consumed all the time.

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Google Docs for everyday use

Reviewed 3 years ago

I have been a Microsoft Office and Office 365 user for over 10 plus years. I also use Google Docs personally on an as needed basis. Recently, I moved to an organization that use Google Docs heavily. As I use it daily, I feel this is not as polished as Office365. Google Docs is very good, but organizations with higher expectation and demands use Office365.

Pros

I like that you don't have to install any software on your computer. You can access Google Docs from any PC, tablet, or mobile phone. It is even better if you are using a Chromebook. It makes sense as to use Google Docs for organizations as it is great for collaboration, easy to use and support. Great for nonprofit or education based organization as they can get it for free or at a very low cost. You don't have to pay hugh licensing feeds for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.. IT does not have to install or maintain the software which is a pain point.

Cons

While Google Docs is cost effective and easy to support. It lacks in power and easy of use. As we are using Google Docs, we still use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to create our documents. The Microsoft products have a lot more features Google Docs cannot compete with. The user interface (UI) from Microsoft is so much nicer compared to Google Docs. UI from Google is all over the place and sometimes it just does not make sense where they hide the settings button. Google UI is getting better, but UI among apps are still not consistent.

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Fantastic word processor to MS Office

Reviewed 3 years ago

I love Google docs for its ease of use and functionality compared to Microsoft Office.

Pros

Pretty much all the same features that Microsoft Word has without the fees...what more could you ask for! I've pretty much used Microsoft products my whole life and was floored when Google introduced Google Docs. The best feature, in my opinion, is the ability for multiple people to edit a doc at the same time. I also like how you can share docs with others and view the most recent version of the doc at all times. You can use it to open docs created in Microsoft Word, Excel, PPT, etc. which is awesome. There are also apps in the app store that provide additional features making Google Docs even more robust.

Cons

Sometimes the formatting is not the same when you open Microsoft docs in Google Docs. I would say this has gotten much better over the years though. Longer documents take some time to load which can be frustrating. It's dependent on a browser which can be another pain, but there are plug-ins that allow for offline work. It works best with Chrome, so if you use IE or Firefox some of the features may not be available. Not sure if this is the case, but is Google spying on our docs too?!

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Easily Accessible for all and is easy to use and share

Reviewed a year ago

I had a good experience using Google docs as per the requirement of some clients affiliated with the free and paid addons which can be used with Google Docs. But I still am more comfortable using the offline software as they have lower requirements and have more features to play with.

Pros

The software is free to use and is very simple to configure. You just need a Gmail account to set it up. It gives free storage and any kind of Microsoft document can be easily opened here. The written files are easy to share with others. I have seen different add-ons along with documents we can use them to improve the quality of work. I have used SEMrush writing assistant, speak to write feature, Grammarly and many more. Google Docs is a very good alternative of offline software from Microsoft Word, excel etc, if they are malfunctioning or not opening. If there is any kind of error you get while opening them for work and they don't open and you are in a hurry then you can just open up google docs and use it online for work.

Cons

It is an online software and you need a consistent internet connection to save your file automatically. There are chances that the whole data will be lost if you are unaware that you are not connected to internet while working and have shut down the system after work. Google sheets and document writing tool still does not have so many features like MS word and MS Excel. It requires good internet connection and is heavy it consumes a lot of system memory. Slows down the old systems and consumes a lot of bandwidth. So, for some people it is not an ideal choice.