I know Microsoft Word was installed on your very first computer and this resilient app perhaps outlasted all your pets. However, if you’ve attached a Word document to an email recently, you probably made the wrong move. It’s time you make this your last Microsoft Word document. Here’s why.
The iconic word processor is losing a lot of traction in both the education and business worlds. According to the much-quoted Sundar Pichai (Google’s Number 2):
- 67 of the top 100 startups,
- 58% of the Fortune 500 companies, and
- 72 or the top 100 universities,
are now using Google Drive. Preparing our students for the next educational and professional stages of their lives means teaching and modeling for them work in the digital age. Google Drive was built around online collaboration and this unique characteristic makes it the epitome of 21st century tools.
Should you uninstall Microsoft Word? I don’t think so. I do keep a word processor on my computer for one sole usage: desktop publishing. Exactly what Word was built to do. But when it comes to daily work and collaboration with my team, Google Drive is our go-to.
Checklist: When To Use Microsoft Word vs Google Drive
- Writing any document you plan to keep on your computer or share: use Google Drive. This should represent 95% of your documents
- Writing something destined to be published on paper, you might still launch Microsoft Word IF
- you need different headers and footers,
- you require complex mathematical equations or l
- you lay your content across columns.
The two are not exclusive either. You can upload a Word document to Google Drive, but you won’t be able to easily edit it online. If you have other uses for Microsoft Word or other word processors, let me know in a comment below.
[icon name="fa-cloud-upload"] STANDARD 3: model digital age work and learning