That’s it, Microsoft you’re now toast. An also-ran. The writing is on the wall. Ship has sailed… Okay you get the idea. Why am I making this pronouncement? Because Google just scooped up QuickOffice which now renders Microsoft nearly (nearly) irrelevant in regards to its core product—MS Office.
What about Windows 8? What about all the PCs out there? What about…?
The problem is that a lot of what MS makes—server software excepted—is essentially given away. Most people don’t go out and buy Windows, they wait until they get a new machine that has the updated version. MS Office, however, is still something people buy. They pretty much have to. Even if they don’t upgrade Office often, if you buy a machine you generally need to buy Office too.
Google Docs has been a pretty strong contender as MS Office-compatible suites go. No, not perfect, but pretty strong. With Google Drive, they upped the ante again. Now with QuickOffice, I’m finding it hard to justify to anyone why they should buy MS Office. Yes, there are lots of people who will still need to use MS Office. Heck I still need to use Word because of specific Word styles my publisher requires, but beyond that…yeah I don’t need it. I could get buy with Google Docs. I have iWork, but frankly I don’t use it all that often.
See Microsoft made their software so ubiquitous that people needed ways to work with the files on any platform, device…well you get the idea. Eventually the MS Office format just became generic and now Google and others have made tools that work great for people and happen to use this now generic file format. And the apps that Google and others made are either cheaper (or free) and nice to use.
Redmond? They got trumped by their own popularity.
MS Office for iPad? Thanks no, between QuickOffice HD and Google Docs I’m covered.
I hadn’t installed Google Drive yet on my Mac, but now … well I think it makes sense to be ready for when my QuickOffice work and Google Docs work all blend together into seamless package.
And Microsoft Office, I’ll be counting the days until I can get rid of it completely.
And I suspect, I won’t miss it a bit.