Over the previous decade, Microsoft Phrase and Google Docs have been combating for the coveted title of ‘finest phrase processor’. MS Phrase has been round for 3 a long time (launched on 25 October 1983).

In the meantime, the cloud-based Google Docs was launched in 2006.

Google Docs has grown in reputation and is consuming into Microsoft Phrase’s market share. In an interview in 2020, G Suite boss Javier Soltero mentioned that Google’s G Office (beforehand G Suite), which incorporates Google Docs, had greater than 2 billion energetic month-to-month customers as of the tip of 2019.

Alternatively, Workplace 365 is utilized by over a million corporations worldwide, with greater than 879,851 corporations utilizing the Workplace suite of software program within the US alone. Apparently, Soltero labored at Microsoft earlier than becoming a member of Google.

Is MS Phrase Shedding the Battle?

Microsoft Phrase was launched within the period of printers and fax machines. It began its life as a formatting software for textual content.

In the meantime, Google Docs got here on the scene within the period of the cloud. Not like MS Phrase, you do not want Docs put in in your pc, and it really works in your browser.

In accordance with a 2021 Gartner report, Google’s productiveness software program market share grew 10.3 % yr over yr in 2020. In the meantime, Google continues to develop from a low base and takes 1 to 2 % market share yearly. That mentioned, Microsoft remains to be the market chief.

Increasingly organizations at the moment are shifting to Google Docs as a result of it’s cloud-based. Google Docs can be accessible from any gadget, and it is free, too. Microsoft Phrase, alternatively, isn’t free and comes as a part of the Microsoft 365 bundle. Excel is part of Microsoft 365. And chances are high most organizations are simply spending cash on Microsoft 365 for Excel.

Seeing the rising reputation of Google Docs, Microsoft launched MS Phrase On-line in 2020, however not all of the options can be found on the web model.

Market share of main workplace suite applied sciences within the US as of October 2020

(Supply: Statista)

microsoft failure

Microsoft services resembling Outlook, MS Phrase, PowerPoint and Excel was once indispensable in an workplace area. Nevertheless, rather a lot has modified just lately.

Not too long ago, after 27 years, Microsoft discontinued its assist for Web Explorer. The dying of Web Explorer is a first-rate instance of Microsoft’s lack of innovation. There was a time when Web Explorer was probably the most used browser worldwide.

Between 2002 and 2003, Web Explorer had a market share of about 95 %. Google Chrome did not even exist then. Now, Web Explorer is lifeless, and Chrome has a market share of about 65 %.

Google Docs was in a position to take the combat to Microsoft and seize the markets dominated by Microsoft. In the meantime, Microsoft’s search engine Bing turned out to be a moist squib.

From an innovation standpoint, Microsoft isn’t following new paths, however following within the footsteps of Google. For instance, Microsoft launched Phrase on-line years after the launch of Google Docs.

Microsoft is shifting on from the older merchandise it was as soon as identified for and is doubling down on the cloud and AI. The corporate is resourceful for futuristic know-how, and it appears a software like Phrase has no place in its roadmap.

Silver Lining

Not too long ago, Microsoft introduced that it’s engaged on an MS Phrase improve that can enable customers to edit, assessment and think about their paperwork in Phrase for Home windows.

Within the meantime, these options are already out there on Google Docs, additional reinforcing the argument that the previous is now catching up with Google. A couple of days in the past Microsoft mentioned that its in style predictive typing function would quickly come to Phrase on Mac, which is once more out there on Google Docs.

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