What are the advantages and disadvantages of Microsoft Word and Google Docs?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Microsoft Word and Google Docs

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Microsoft Word and Google Docs?

Microsoft Word -

  1. Advantages:
    1. Industry standard
    2. Full featured
    3. Many are familiar with it
    4. Works offline
  2. Disadvantages :
    1. Needs the right version to access i.e. old version will not read the newer versions
    2. Files can get corrupted
    3. May be less secure because of file corruption, computer loss, hard disk crash, ransom ware
    4. Cannot work with others at the same time. Although it is possible to use tracked changes, the file can only be accessed by one person at a time. Understand MS Team resolves this issue although not personally tried it
    5. Need to purchase and install the software

 

 

Google Docs:

  1. Advantages:
    1. Not need to install software. Access via a web browser
    2. Not need to worry about compatibility
    3. Can work with other team members at the same time. No more wondering who has the latest version of the file
    4. Relatively secure since files are stored on the cloud. Files can still be accessed in the event of device loss, damage using another alternate device
    5. Since Google Docs do not count towards online storage use, enjoy unlimited storage
    6. Clean interface and contains most of the common features
    7. Free to use
    8. Works well with Chromebooks
  2. Disadvantages:
    1. Not as full featured as MS Word
    2. Computer needs to be online to utilize some features