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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2011, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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What having a Chromebook entails

I know Android is a bit popular with most of us but we are on the verge of an altogether new OS that will seek to compete with the others.

I am just wondering, what replaces Microsoft Office?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2011, 02:31 PM
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I think Google Docs will replace Microsoft Office, right? Google Docs is a cloud service and it can do basically everything Microsoft Office can, so...yeah.
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You are right Craddams...Google Docs is an awesome alternative to Microsoft Office. You can create Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Forms. If you have a Google gmail account you also have access to Google Docs. I specialized in Microsoft Office and I must say that I am impressed with Google Docs. When I broke my laptop which had Microsoft Office installed on it, I was SICK!!! I started borrowing my daughter's new laptop which did not have the expensive program installed on it and therefore I was forced to use Microsoft Works (or so I thought) and I truly believed I would go MAD!!! You know how a person gets road rage? Well I would get computer rage EVERY TIME I TRIED to use Microsoft Works!!! Then I found Microsoft's free online version of Office and was ecstatic...until I began trying to use it. It was by far better than Windows pre-installed Microsoft Works but still didn't come close to their expensive Office software and I still felt the ulcer's growing in my tummy when trying to use the free online version (it's a joke, trust me). Then I discovered Google Docs when I was applying for Google's Cr-48 Pilot Test Program last December. Google Docs had been at my fingertips the whole time, I just didn't know it. I have been a satisfied and happy user of Google Docs ever since!!! Google is so amazing and generous!!! You can also purchase a Google Docs business version for a minimal fee (I don't personal experience with that version but I intent to once i get my business up and running online again )
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Google docs has a few limitations.. it doesn't handle large documents well, and has no filtering in spreadsheets. However for sharing documents with others - particularly when a few of you need to make changes - Google docs rocks!
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Google docs has a few limitations.. it doesn't handle large documents well, and has no filtering in spreadsheets. However for sharing documents with others - particularly when a few of you need to make changes - Google docs rocks!
I think Google Docs wont have the issue of not being able to handle large documents in the future since the demand for google docs will go up a lot with the Chromebooks being out.

I love google docs, i hardly ever touch Microsoft word on my computer.
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I think Google Docs wont have the issue of not being able to handle large documents in the future since the demand for google docs will go up a lot with the Chromebooks being out.

I love google docs, i hardly ever touch Microsoft word on my computer.
I do not know whether we can comfortably say the demand for google docs will go up with the Chromebooks in the offing. Nonetheless, I agree that Google docs is a solution to most of our problems.
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I do hope Google Docs gets updated/spruced up/whatever, because while I generally like using it, it IS really annoying to try and do any sort of detailed spreadsheet.
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I think Google Docs wont have the issue of not being able to handle large documents in the future since the demand for google docs will go up a lot with the Chromebooks being out.

I love google docs, i hardly ever touch Microsoft word on my computer.
I hope I'm wrong, but I think the issues are more fundamental than just 'demand will make it better'. I've been using Google Docs daily for about 3 years, and while they've added many cool features in that time these issues have always been there and never improved. I think they are more limitations of internet connections, or the complexity of managing several people all updating the same document at once.

If you know the limitations it isn't so bad - e.g. create more smaller documents than a few 100 page manuals.
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does this have an actual operating system? or is everything saved and created through Google Chrome... I am looking for something just like that.. Something that doesn't require me to save everything on the computer but can be saved and created through google chrome... or is this like the Google version of an IPad?
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does this have an actual operating system? or is everything saved and created through Google Chrome... I am looking for something just like that.. Something that doesn't require me to save everything on the computer but can be saved and created through google chrome... or is this like the Google version of an IPad?
>does this have an actual operating system?
Yes, but that operating system contains virtually nothing else but the Chrome browser and a VERY basic file manager for copying stuff to/from USB sticks.

>Something that doesn't require me to save everything on the computer but can be saved and created through google chrome
Yes again - just about everything you do/setup on a chromebook is remembered by the cloud. If your chromebook is lost/stolen/damaged and you get a new one, the moment you log on you have all your stuff right there.

>or is this like the Google version of an IPad?
Not really. They do different things, although there is overlap. Both will browse the web, but tablets are optimised for viewing whereas a chromebook has a proper keyboard so can be used to work - write blogs/software/reports etc.
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