Microsoft's Office cloud apps and storage are one of the Web's best-kept secrets. Why settle for Google Docs?
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The Web versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote will look familiar and feel comfortable to anyone who has used Office 2007 or 2010's ribbon interface. These Web versions provide only a small subset of the features in the full desktop versions. However, this subset should be sufficient for the majority of writing tasks that do not require complex formatting. Styles, tables, and picture insertion are all supported. You do not need to have the desktop versions of Microsoft Office for Windows or Mac OS X installed to use Office Web Apps in a supported browser. However, if you do have the desktop versions, you have the option to smoothly move editing from the Web app to the full desktop version when using Internet Explorer under Windows. (Users of other browsers can download the file and then manually upload with a few extra steps.)
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.