Microsoft Accuses Google Docs of Data Infidelity in Defending Office 2010
Alex Payne, director of Microsoft's online product management team, argues that Google Docs does not enhance Microsoft Office and demonstrates how moving files from Office to Office Web Apps in Office 2010 is preferable to migrating documents from Office to the Google Apps cloud. Google fires back, arguing that the latest refresh of Docs brings better editors that improve data fidelity. Still, Google has quite a fight ahead versus the Microsoft Office cash cow.Microsoft's online product director May 11 dispelled the notion that Google Docs improves the experience of using Microsoft Office, and demonstrated how moving files created with Office results in the loss of data fidelity. Google has been pitching migration from Office, which has more than 500 million seats worldwide, to Google Docs, the company's Web-based document, presentation and spreadsheet centerpiece of the Google Apps collaboration software suite.
The company ratcheted up this argument leading up to the launch of Office 2010 in an effort to convince existing Office users not to move from the free Office Web Apps suite of applications geared to replace Google Docs in the cloud.