We use a combination of MS Office and GSuite, but I'm a bit over the recurring cost of MS Office when we don't use it all the time. It's something we have in case we get an excel file.
Has anyone made the switch fully away from MS Office? If so, what did you decide to use?
We're 100% on Notion, Slack, and very occasional Google Sheets or Slides, mostly for external sharing. GSheets is perfectly sufficient for most spreadsheet workflows (unless your'e doing hardcore finance stuff). For us there's 0 reason to renew our MS Office sub.
We use 90% Google suite, 10% MS Office. We haven't been able to transition fully away from MS due to:  legal redlines (.docx is the standard format, and though downloading a Google doc as a .docx works some of the time, there are often things that are missed) and  Finance/accounting/data + Excel. Google Sheets can't match Excel.
Have been off MS office (and good riddance!) for almost 1-2 years now. I still get the odd excel or doc files, which I convert to .sheets and then send back to the original person who sent it to me.
Depends on many things — the size of the company, usual workflow, etc. You have to be more specific.
When I was an admin for a team of 50 people using macs/windows we switched to gsuite and everything worked great for the price.
Now I work in a team of 3 and I only use Linux and Markdown files saved to GitHub. If I need to make a table, I'm perfectly OK using the libre office for simple calculations.
What I'm saying is, approach the problem from another angle — look at what you need, then look for the tools. Pick the best for your case.
I've used G Suite for years primarily for shared documents and spreadsheets, along with iWork's Pages and Keynote for print documents and presentations respectively. Or, I've replaced Office-type apps with Markdown writing apps, tools like Deckset for presentations, and Notion for a bit of everything.
I've also always kept an older single license copy of Microsoft Office installed on a virtual machine just in case I need to use real Office, or am testing something that integrates with Office. Most of the time, though, if an Office alternative doesn't render a file correctly, Microsoft's Office Online apps work perfectly with enough features to at least view the file if not add basic edits.
Weirdly, though, Office 365 in some ways is a great deal with its OneDrive storage and more, and I can imagine a day when it'd make sense to get it. Possibly. But it's also hard to imagine switching back.
G.suit + Microsoft. 80%+20%. The reason for it accounting stuff I do via MS tools. Just didn't found the time to move them to G.suite yet.
We completely switched from Microsoft office to Gsuite and really dont see any gaps or feels like we are missing out some features. The gsuite ecosystem is near perfect in terms of features and collaboration. Plus third party add-ons are very handy and here gsuite is a definite winner compared to MS-office.
I use Microsoft Office at work. I use it since I was in college and, I must confess I never really tried G suite. For my academic work, I use Microsoft Office (benefiting from Zotero and Endnote add-ons) as well, and I pay for a subscription. When I need to use logic symbols in my research, I use Overleaf.
I am trying new software, like Obisidian/iA Writer (for implementing the zettelkasten method). I am also using Airtable for building an academic database (I’m in a pro trial, due to my status as a Ph.D. student).
I could use Excel or Google Sheets for that, but I need a relational database, and Airtable excels in that.
Notion and Coda offer relational links as well, but I think they are too slow. I have a table with approximately 500 entries, and it takes a good time to load in Notion or Coda.
I think the biggest factor is how often you’ll deal with outside documents coming in that will be in an Office format.
For example, if your company gets countless .docx files that will lose styling and edits after getting imported into G Suite, it’s gonna be a bad time without MS Office.
However, if you rarely get those types of files just keep a MS Office license handy to edit them when they come in. Also, if the document isn’t of extreme importance, losing a styling or some other arbitrary aspect of a document isn’t that big of a deal.
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