Gig Economy Pushback and Still Using Word

Welcome back to the podcast! This time, Nora Young talks about this article over at Backchannel, and why some service-based startups are rejecting the 'Uber for X', gig economy model in favour of hiring actual employees. Meanwhile, Cathi Bond points to this Gizmodo article questioning why people still need to use Word. Cathi's been having her own frustrations, and wonders whether she should find an alternative. In the comments, Gizmodo's readers, however, seem to like Word. How about you? Is it still the industry standard where you work? If not, what do you use instead? [iframe style="border:none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5315801/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/standard/tdest_id/237069" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Download MP3

One response to “Gig Economy Pushback and Still Using Word

  1. Word or Google Docs? I've been using both for a long time. I think Microsoft has a problem with Office because their business model relies on people continuing to purchase new versions, but the product they had out in the late 90's already did everything we needed it too. So we end up with the over-engineered product with a redesigned interface and lots of new features that we don't want or need, all in the name of trying to get people to upgrade.

    That said, there are a couple of things about MS Office that I really like. For instance, if I need to use Find and Replace, I'll often use Word, because I can search for things like paragraph marks or section headings, and other formatting characters. I can't do that with Google Docs. Similarly, in Excel, the "text to columns" feature is nice when I need to quickly get non-spreadsheet data into a table. It's not that I can't do that with Sheets, but it's just a little harder.

    With these fringe uses aside, I'm almost always in the Google world. My default criteria is that I use Google Docs if I'm creating a document that I want to share or publish. I don't like the world of attachments and flash drives and "which version of that doc are you working from?" If we're working together, we're doing it in the Google world. And for me, that's probably 95% of what I'm doing.

    Interestingly, as we use Chromebooks more and more in education, MS Office is becoming less relevant. A year ago, I couldn't imagine not having Office on every computer. Now, I think I would hardly miss it.

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