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Excel: The Last Microsoft Office Stronghold

parislemon:

There was a good, brief discussion on Twitter tonight about Microsoft Office. Specifically, the fact that it’s 2014, so why the hell is anyone still using it?

To be clear, I know that a lot of people have to use it in their work environment. But that’s more because their office buys it for them and forces them to. It’s a strong method of lock-in that is seemingly still going strong after all these years.

The reality is that there are now more than enough solid-to-better alternatives for much of what Office offers. And some, like Google Docs and now even the Apple iWork suite, are free.1 And so it seems to me that increasingly, Office persists more out of habit (“I don’t know how to do this without Office”) and misguided fear (“what if I need Office for some reason?”) than necessity.

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This is exponentially true. Once Excel gets a true competitor, Office’s days are numbered.

  1. sioux-me reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    I think this is actually a really good point. Although, with that being said, I was talking with a test engineer at...
  2. jbutcher reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Here’s the thing: Excel is really, really good at certain things. Like, stupid good. Example: Quick-and-dirty Macros....
  3. rubelikespie reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Excel is the only Microsoft Office application that’s really extraordinary at what it aims to do. Word could be a good...
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  5. backwardincompatible reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Microsoft Office. it’s 2014, so why the hell is anyone still using it?
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  9. gojeffcho reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    I had just written up a massive post on this which I just lost, so I will try to re-capture the main points I was...
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  12. seanrrwilkins reblogged this from caterpillarcowboy and added:
    Google docs spreadsheets could have a chance if they lobby for it in at the undergrad and MBA levels. That’s where the...
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  16. sheldonhuelin reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    I haven’t used Excel in ~10 years, Google Docs is my go-to, LibreOffice is my offline backup.
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