Last week I posted Part 1 of my migration from Microsoft Office to Google Docs. In that post, I outlined the foundations of why I moved and the process of migrating your files from your PC or other cloud storage to Google Drive, how to setup offline access and the importance and power of Chrome Extensions as part of that offline work.
Read Part 1: My Migration to Google Docs Part 1 – The Setup
In Part 2 I’m going to cover the ins-and-outs of Google Docs, the document processing app. I’m going to cover using the app from the perspective of a PC running Chrome, a Chromebook and the Google Docs app on my Android phone (OnePlus One) and tablet (Samsung Galaxy Tab 4). I’ll cover the pros and cons of Google Docs versus Microsoft Word and some of the things that you will need to keep in mind if you are thinking of switching. This same methodology will repeat over the course of the next few weeks when I cover Google Sheets and Google Slides.
As a reminder to everyone who is thinking of making this transition, I will repeat what I said in Part 1 of this series:
Take your time. You will find that the majority of features in Microsoft Office are in the Google apps but they will be in different places. It may take you a few menu clicks to sort it out. Be patient. Give it a chance. Sure it may turn out that it isn’t right for you and your needs but I would suggest trying the experiment over a week or two before you make a final verdict. It isn’t as big a migration from say a PC to a Mac but it is similar to moving from Internet Explorer to Chrome in many ways. Same thing, but bits in different places and this process or that process may be a little different.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and moving from one way of editing your documents to another won’t be done in a day either. Give it an honest try and take your time.