I have been using Microsoft Office since you had to install the program from floppy disks. I recall using Windows 3.11 and having to insert and remove about 20 floppies or so [the exact number I do not recall], just to install MS Office on a computer. These were the days before the Internet became popular and there were no product registrations or updates. What was on the floppies is exactly what you got and nothing more.
The reason I mention this is to show that I have been using Microsoft Office for many years. For the most part I have enjoyed the various versions I have used, up to and including Microsoft Office 2010. When I received the Google Chrome Cr-48 I was forced to use Google Docs in order to create written blog posts on the go. Since about mid-December, Google Docs has become my main writing tool.
Like many of you have expressed in previous comments, cloud computing may not be your cup of tea. Many of you distrust Google or other companies who offer cloud computing and storage of your precious documents in the cloud. For me, I do not much care if my writings are looked at before, since most of what I write ends up being view publicly.
Google Docs reminds me of OpenOffice. There are plenty of features to keep most of us content and many more features that will go unused. There is one feature that saved my bacon this morning. I was using my Google Chrome Cr-48, with Google Docs open as I wrote a blog article. I wanted to copy the document over to our LockerGnome article submission form. Unfortunately instead of hitting Control key+C to copy the text, I must have hit something else, because all of the text disappeared on the screen. Thankfully, all was not lost. I hit the Undo key and presto, my document was back on the screen.
For those of us who are using smartphones, tablet computers, or the first generation of products from Google using the Chrome operating system, Google Docs will be your main source to write and save documents in the cloud. To me, the benefits far outweigh the privacy concerns many people have. I can access my documents online from any device and work on the document until completion. I don’t need to worry about a hard disk failure since these new devices have no hard disks, per se, to store documents.
But here is the best part. I can download or export my documents if I wish. Google Docs works for me and will replace my using Microsoft Office. Will I change my mind sometime down the road? Maybe. The first time I either lose a cloud document or I am prevented from accessing a cloud document, it may annoy me enough to return to MS Office. But until that happens, Google Docs is my tool of choice.