dingbat wrote:As a simple tool it has its uses but its only real advantage is for collaboration. In just about every other aspect Office blows it out of the water.
Besides, when the rest of the professional world works in Word, that is what you should be using
90% of the time those "other aspects" are unnecessary. Google Docs works like a charm for collaboration when writing a document. Even basic version tracking can be a nightmare if more than two people are working on the same document. Once all the text is written, you can just export to Word and clean things up with whatever specialized formatting needs you have.
If all you want to do is type up a document and print it out, a 1985 computer running Word 2.0 works perfectly fine and "other aspects" are unnecessary.
Sure, 90% of users don't use 90% of what word can do, but if you want to use it for anything beyond the basics, (e.g. formatting, numbering) Word does it better than Google Docs (except online collaboration) and when it comes to spreadsheets or powerpoint presentations, Google Docs shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath as Excel or PowerPoint (I know, lawyers don't really use them, but clients often do - and getting Office as a bundle just makes more sense). Also, why on earth would I want to write the entire document without formatting, then export and have to clean it up? (this is especially true when dealing with paragraphs and numbering - do you have any idea what a bitch it is to have to clean that up if it isn't done right the first time?)
bhan87 wrote:The security that Google can provide for electronic data is light-years ahead of any in-house solution you can concoct due to scalability.
Then how come there are stories every so often about gmail, yahoo mail, hotmail, etc. getting hacked, but you never hear about a law firm getting hacked? Keep in mind that big names are big targets and outside of the legal world no one has heard of Skadden, MoFo, Bingham, or any other law firm