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I fell out of love with Microsoft Excel, because Google Sheets is better

By Quartz

Today, it is possible to do basic tasks in Sheets just as easily as in ExcelRead full story

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  • I feel seen! But also, there’s likely to be a big generational shift that pulls Google way ahead of Microsoft. In our schools, all the students use Chromebooks in class, and all their work is done in Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Google made a longterm bet with Google Classroom, and it looks like it will pay off.

  • Katherine Ellen Foley
    Katherine Ellen Foleyhealth/science reporter at Quartz

    I never thought a breakup letter to a Microsoft program would be this moving, but it's 2019 and anything is possible.

  • Boris Markovich
    Boris MarkovichCEO at StreetReader

    Interesting that as a long time (20+ yrs) user of Excel, I now also look to Sheets as a reasonable alternative. Most times I prefer to use Sheets for simple spreadsheets.

    Excel for PC is still pretty great.

    But since Microsoft has refused to fix the terrible user experience in Excel for Mac for years now, I look forward to the day when Sheets fully takes over.

  • I'd be amazed if Excel loses out to Sheets in countries where the internet infrastructure is not as optimal as in the West. Cloud is only great with the privilege of a stable internet connection.

    Having said that, I'm a non-technical user (I only use some "long equations" 😅 some of the time), unlike the author. Which makes Sheets just perfect. Simple, easy to achieve what I need done, reliable. Cool to know that Sheets is able to do some pretty complex stuff too.

  • If the keyboard shortcuts were identical, I think we would see even more users making the switch!

  • Better is a subjective concept in this article. It depends on what the primary use case is...

    No one would argue that the electric piano we bought for a couple of hundred bucks for the kids to learn how to play is "better" as an instrument than a Steinway grand piano... But for our use case it is...

    When you work with multiple distributed backend databases and need the ability to enable people in a company to find the data they need, control the security of who gets to see what data and then bring

    Better is a subjective concept in this article. It depends on what the primary use case is...

    No one would argue that the electric piano we bought for a couple of hundred bucks for the kids to learn how to play is "better" as an instrument than a Steinway grand piano... But for our use case it is...

    When you work with multiple distributed backend databases and need the ability to enable people in a company to find the data they need, control the security of who gets to see what data and then bring it into a spreadsheet for analysis, then publish the results through AI-enabled dashboards that provide advanced data classification and visualization for end users... Well... Sounds like that's not the author's use case...

    But then again, I might be partial 😊

  • Mike Osswald
    Mike OsswaldVP, Experience Innovation at Hanson Inc.

    I’ve used Excel since 1.0. I use it frequently today. But I use Sheets 50x more often. Sheets is more convenient, and more shareable, and more accessible to find things I’m looking for. It is still clunky in some ways, and not pretty, but I’m not making things to print anymore.

  • Weiyee IN
    Weiyee INChief Strategy Officer

    Having used spreadsheets since the DOS version of lotus 1-2-3, long before wysiwyg, Excel is a power tool that has been the basis of two decades on Wall Street. Sheets is starting to get there, but it still has its catch up to do. The one advantage that Google could have in the near-term over Excel comes from its collaboration on the cloud through Sheets as that functionality is still quite clunky in office 365 online.

  • Spiro Pappadopoulos
    Spiro PappadopoulosCEO at Schlow Restaurant Group

    The collaborative nature, nearly infinite ways to build things with saas integrations, and portability of Google sheets makes it the spreadsheet of choice in my daily work life.

  • Eduardo Ferrero
    Eduardo Ferrero

    I never liked Excel to much. Started with Quattro Pro that I loved and used for years until it became to heavy and I had to downgrade to Excel.

    Until now I have had a love-hate relationship with Excel, but now that you mention a probable alternative... I don't use Excel so much anymore...

  • Yoko Gibo
    Yoko GiboVP growth at Willo

    I’ve been out of love with excel for quite a while, like for years... #teamgoogle

  • Martin Storbeck
    Martin Storbeck Founder & CEO at STARK Group

    I said goodbye to MS Office after using it for 20 years, all the way back from version 3.0 ... And I never regretted it. In between I had a little tête-à-tête with Google‘s tools too, but it wasn’t the same. Today I do all my calculations & much more with Apple‘s Numbers now ... or Pages ... or Keynote. The funny thing is: Apple managed to put all three products‘ key functionality in all three apps. Real time calculations in a document ... try that in Word and you will end up throwing the whole computer

    I said goodbye to MS Office after using it for 20 years, all the way back from version 3.0 ... And I never regretted it. In between I had a little tête-à-tête with Google‘s tools too, but it wasn’t the same. Today I do all my calculations & much more with Apple‘s Numbers now ... or Pages ... or Keynote. The funny thing is: Apple managed to put all three products‘ key functionality in all three apps. Real time calculations in a document ... try that in Word and you will end up throwing the whole computer out of the window. In PowerPoint? Unheard of. Or adding pictures and other styling to Excel? Yeah, people are shoving around their cells until it all makes a little sense, but no, not possible. I guess businesses are still keeping sales high for Micro$oft, but for private users there are many alternatives. Just give them a chance

  • Renee Hopkins
    Renee Hopkins

    Sheets has made spreadsheets accessible even for those who don't speak data. I started using Sheets because I could sort rows of words. But then....I started getting more organized about the numbers in my personal and professional life. One day I tried to do in Excel what I had been doing in Sheets and I couldn't figure out how to. Yay Sheets!

  • Hasan Ahmad
    Hasan AhmadIT systems analyst

    And I prefer to use notepad over Microsoft word... this is what you call “edgy” article for clicks . “Hello, Hello! Look at me! I am being edgy!”

  • Lisa Tejeda
    Lisa Tejeda

    The issue with Google will always be hacking and privacy. Until FB, Google and LinkedIn guarantee users content and privacy over their digital information Microsoft wins!

  • Sandy Huang
    Sandy Huang

    Good to know but the personal truth is I am still in phase of crush with excel ( trying to learn better!!

  • alina radachynskaja
    alina radachynskaja

    That's right! Especially if you need to work with csv file sheets are much better

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