Working around MS Office

Mon hours: 7:30 am - Midnight

Lately my biggest challenge with the tablet is editing documents, mainly Word files. Due to a university committee I'm on, I've been meeting almost weekly with a task force charged with writing a report for the Provost. When possible, task force members have been bringing their laptops so we can work on files during our meeting. The problem is, we've been trading Word files as opposed to work in Google Docs (long story).

Google Docs (now called Google Drive) will allow you to view Word files but not edit them--at least not how I want to edit them. So, I went searching for a free Word editor for the Nexus. I tried two different apps DocumentsToGo and OliveOffice.

DocumentsToGo: I was familiar with DocumentsToGo from the dark ages (about ten years ago) when I had a personal digital assistant (PDA) and DocumentsToGo was software that let me edit MS Office files on my PDA and then upload them to my computer via USB. Because of this familiarity, I tried this one first. I abandoned it almost as soon as I opened it. Why? Pretty much everything I wanted to do required the pruchase of an add-on. 

Olive Office: This one had decent rating and was free... so pretty much everything I want in an app. It appears to work okay, but I have to admit I haven't used it much and I run into some of the same issues I've had in the past: when it saves, where does it go? I can see the fill structure when I try to save, but when I go looking for the file, I can't figure out where the folders are. The menu is a little odd  I believe there are options to synch Google Drive, but I haven't spent much time playing with it. 

And while these are nice, neither of these apps allow me to wok simulateously with others on a Word file, and in the end, that's what I want to do. With the university looking at Office 365, it makes me wonder if this concern may be a thing of the past. 

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