I wonder, is anyone actually involved in a corporate evaluation of Google docs with the specific intention of phasing out MS Office? (even for a subset of users?)
I doubt very much that Google docs will be in a position to replace MS Office in 12 months, even with their planned 30-50 updates. I doubt even more that organisations will be in a position to consider that move in 12 months time.
My experience of the Office user world is that progress/change is glacial.
In the last 15 years there has been all manner of software created and released, some of which has removed the need for techniques I used to build Office based systems years ago. So I don’t do those things now – I implement the new features/product.
As I tour around though I still see lots of others still using those outdated, long superseded techniques. And when I show them the latest thinking, they say ‘no thanks, we like doing it this way’.
Their choice obviously, but I don’t see how those very same people who won’t even consider using pivot tables, are going to move to some brand new office suite.
I also think Google underestimate how much corporate IT values homogeneity. Way more than productivity, for example, in my experience. So I don’t see IT queuing up to move half their users to a different platform, saving the users budget centre a load of licence cost. Whilst simultaneously burdening themselves with double support costs? Can’t see it, can you?
I know these guys have to talk up their cloudy products and services, but when they stray so far from reality they just lose credibility. IMO of course, what do you think?