Google Drive leads in features, lags in ease-of-use

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides comprise the most powerful online productivity suite, but significant shortcomings remain

  • Figure 1: Getting started with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides is quite easy. Point your browser to, click Create, and choose a document type.

  • Figure 2: The user interfaces to the Google Drive apps faithfully mimic Microsoft Office 2003 with logical menu arrangements and quick, icon-based access to the most common tasks.

  • Figure 3: Google Docs (the word processor) wins the features race for online office productivity apps, hands-down. Some find the Office 2003-style menus, buttons, and research pane off-putting, but they pack a lot of capability.

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