Office? iWork? Google Docs? Choose one or live with all three?

By February 22, 2012Powerpoint

If you look at my desk, you’d probably think I’m an Apple fanboy, I have a 27″ iMac, a 15″ MacBook pro, an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4 sitting there, a bit OTT, but not that unusual these days. I’m writing this blog on my iPad using google docs, although I could have used the iPad version of Pages.  I didn’t because I knew that I’d want to continue writing this once back in the office, and although I have Pages on my desktop, i’m not that keen on it. So, we’re supposed to be entering the ‘post PC’ era, but does that mean a life without Microsoft? We may be prepared to give up our addiction to Windows, but my guess is that it will take a lot longer for us to give up our addiction to Office. There are alternatives, but i’ve spent 15 years conditioning myself to work in a certain way, will it take another 15 to break the habit?

It’s not like I don’t have a choice….I have iWork installed on all my macs (and my iPad), I have Office for Mac installed, I also have a virtual machine running Windows with Office 2010, and finally of course, I have access to Google Docs. The ridiculous thing is that I use them all. So what’s my preferred order of working? It depends on who is going to see the final document. If it’s just internal and I need to share something ‘quick and dirty’ with someone in the office, then I find myself using Google Docs. If it needs to be seen by a client and has to look good, and/or it’s more complex to work on, then office 2010 on the Virtual Windows machine is best. If I just need to check something that’s been sent to me by a client then office on the Mac is quick and easy to access. So that leaves iWork. I do use it, but I don’t know why. It’s partly historical, I had iWork installed long before Office on the mac, so there’s a bunch of content that has iWork specific filenames. That’s about it.

I’m sure i’m not the only person that faces this problem, so should I continue with this mismatch of files and applications, or should I put all my eggs in one basket?


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