Cloud Computing: Google Docs, Microsoft Word Web App Files Face Off in Cloud Comparison

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-04-25
 
 
 

Introduction

Microsoft stated on its Website that "People expect existing documents from their desktop to look exactly the same when they share them in the cloud. In this demo, you will see completely different results when viewing the same document using Word Web App and using Google Documents." The circles call out file integrity differences that come through in Word Web App and Google Docs.

Introduction

Header

Microsoft noted that Word Web App shows the file header the same way it appeared in the original Word document.

Header

In Docs

Note that in Google Docs, the page number is now pressed up against the document title. Moreover, the document style changed in a not very attractive way.

In Docs

Watermark

The Word file had a "confidential" watermark, which was preserved by Word Web App.

Watermark

What Watermark?

The watermark did not translate to Docs.

What Watermark?

Smart Art

Word Web App shows "Smart Art" globes that appeared in the original document.

Smart Art

Smart Art Absent in Docs

No Smart Art is present when the file appears in Docs.

Smart Art Absent in Docs

Table

Word Web App preserves the original table format here.

Table

Docs Changes Formatting

While Google Docs preserves the content, the format has changed.

Docs Changes Formatting

Chart

Word Web Apps retains this chart.

Chart

Chart Disappears in Docs

The chart does not port to Docs, leaving white space.

Chart Disappears in Docs

Footer

Microsoft keeps the original footer.

Footer

Not in Docs

Google Docs doesn't appear to include the footer at first look. Actually, it does but not until the second page of the document. This is bad news. Microsoft may have proven its point that file formatting and content get lost in translation with Google Docs.

Not in Docs

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