The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.
The launch of Google's Apps Premier Edition last month extended Google's web-based office productivity software suite to businesses. However, among the IT professionals polled for this week's Big Question, few are even using the consumer version of Google Apps.
One respondent, Alan Marsh of Allmi-Care, said, "The work laptops came with MS Office Pro, and at home I use the free Office.org suite, so I have not really considered Google Apps."
Among those that had used Google Apps, there was widespread enthusiasm for its functionality.
"Where it really comes into its own is on collaborative projects," said one IT professional. "With Google Apps, we can collaborate on documents and maintain a shared 'to do' list. It has become a vital part of my toolkit."
He added that without the tool "we would have been emailing spreadsheets to each other several times a day and still never been sure that we were all working on the same version. So it was become a vital part of my 'toolkit'."
Others said that also functionality of Google Apps was limited the ability to access it through a web browser was invaluable.
"While the tools don't have the depth of functionality that the Microsoft applications offer, the fact that I can work on my documents on any machine - at home, at work or in an internet cafe - is a huge plus."
And Peter Arwin of LHS International added, "Google Apps is cheap and it works. In time, I do think it will become a via alternative to other office products."
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