Word processing can be described as using an electronic device or computer software application for composing, creating, editing and printing documents.
Back in the 1960s, the word processor was a stand-alone office machine. Like a calculator, it was a machine designed for a specific purpose, in this case, producing documents.
As technology advanced, personal computers and printers became commonplace in the office, and computer software applications became more popular, and word processors began to fade out.
Microsoft Corporation, an American multinational technological company, is credited for creating the most popular word processing software, Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word is a core component of the Microsoft Office Suite, a collection of software programs aimed at improving productivity in the office.
Microsoft has had a few pretenders who have tried to usurp their crown in the past decade — chief among them is LibreOffice Writer, an open-source alternative that was more popular on Linux than it was on Windows, Microsoft’s commercial computer operating system. But, now, they find themselves having to fight off a real challenge. And, ironically, technology in the form of cloud services this time, is at the root of the current revolution.
Google Inc, a fellow player in the technology market, introduced Google Doc ( a simulation of Microsoft word), an online word-processing software. Though not as solid and functional as Microsoft Word, it has two things going for it. First, it is free. All one requires is a working internet connection and a Google Account. It’s that simple.
Secondly, Google leveraged heavily on cloud technology to build up the popularity of their service. Imagine being able to connect lots of computers together and then assigning them a single task to work together on, this feature is also available on Microsoft Office 365 which makes it a good choice for small and medium business SMB.
That’s easy, but not entirely true concept of how the cloud works. Google used this to their benefit by providing storage for users on their Google Drive cloud service. Basically, working with Google Docs should be as smooth and delightful as swallowing correct ‘eba’. That is not to say Microsoft doesn’t have an extensive cloud service that also allows for collaboration with Microsoft word through OneDrive.
Thirdly, Google Docs also provides an online collaborative feature that lets you work on a single document with a group of colleagues or friends. You can make real-time changes to documents while your colleagues watch on their screen and listen to you via hangouts. Like I said earlier the battle between these two tech giants is fierce because Office 365 allows you to work wherever you are, on any device, it includes full office suite that allows for effective collaboration and with Skype for business you will enjoy seamless communication.
Microsoft released Office 365, a cloud version of Microsoft Office. So far, though, it seems Microsoft is leading the cloud wars as SMB’s are adopting cloud service through the use of office 365. However, how this battle will end and who will come out a clear winner is hard to tell at this point. Maybe, the consumer might be the winner after all.
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