5 ways Microsoft Office is better than Google Drive

5 ways Microsoft Office is better than Google Drive
Miranda Lucas

Miranda Lucas

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Most of us have used Microsoft Office and Google Drive. But which one is better? The two offer a variety of features and benefits.

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Below, get a closer look at why you may want to pay for Office even though you can get Google Drive for free.

5 ways Microsoft Office is better than Google Drive

1. Most people know Word

Word is the most commonly used word processing program today. Most people know how to use it. That means if you need to send a document to someone, chances are good they will understand how to open it up and use it if it’s in Word. Google Docs can be a bit tricky for those who don’t have much experience with it.

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2. Google Docs offers fewer features

When comparing Microsoft Word and Google Docs, it’s easy to see that Docs has fewer features. For those who enjoy having the ability to handle unique layouts and embedding plenty of graphics, this is going to work in your favor. Adding an image can be difficult at best with Google Docs, but it takes only a minute when you are using Word.

3. Excel is easier than Sheets

Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets are fairly similar. You could easily get used to both options. One key factor that helps Excel stand out is its ribbon. It is very easy to access and use to create formulas. This helps to speed up the process for many people. For those who rely on Sheets, you may not notice much difference. However, it is easier to collaborate with others using Sheets.

4. PowerPoint rules

For those who are creating slideshows — whether they are for a classroom discussion or a company meeting — PowerPoint from Microsoft tends to be the better option overall. The program offers more features, and you can create a presentation from scratch within minutes.

5. Microsoft’s latest upgrade makes it easier to share

With the latest Microsoft Office version, individuals can collaborate more effectively. Your materials are all stored in the cloud, too, which means you have better access to them. This used to be the biggest downfall of Microsoft — it lacked cloud access and connectivity. That gave Google Drive the leg up for a long time.


When it comes down to it, either program is accessible and fairly easy to use. Microsoft is far more feature-heavy, though, and tends to be on the cutting edge of new tools.

Miranda Lucas

Miranda Lucas

Miranda Lucas is a writer based in Austin, Texas. Since graduating from the University of Michigan, she's written for numerous web-based publications. In her free time, she enjoys running, camping, and learning Spanish. Every year, she asks Santa for a second season of Firefly, but she's starting to think Santa isn't real.

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