Study: Despite bright, shiny rivals, good old Office still rules at work

Employees retain a solid preference for Microsoft Office over its competitors

By , IDG News Service |  Enterprise Software

Ranking on the low end of priorities are features that get a lot of attention in the market for their razzle-dazzle but apparently aren't very interesting yet in the real world. Those include the ability for multiple users to simultaneously co-edit documents, which is a big Google Docs feature, and mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, which indicates there isn't a lot of interest in using office suites with tablets just yet.

Another eye-opening finding is that while 90 percent of companies give every employee a copy of Office, only 6 percent also provide their users with an alternative suite.

Karcher also found it interesting that this time around, the momentum of open-source alternatives such as OpenOffice and LibreOffice has slowed down, compared with the last time Forrester conducted this survey about two years ago. "Their adoption hasn't significantly improved," he said.

Also helping Office is the fact that IT departments generally don't find the process of upgrading the suite to newer versions very challenging, and that most upgrades don't require hiring outside consultants, according to the survey.

The latest version of Office that's sold via perpetual licenses -- pay once and own it forever -- is called Office 2013, while those sold via subscriptions renewed annually carry the Office 365 brand.

The most popular Office version in use at work is Office 2010 (present in 85 percent of surveyed companies), followed by Office 2007 (51 percent) and Office 2003 (28 percent).

Office 2013 is in 22 percent of surveyed companies, but adoption is slower than it was at a comparable stage for Office 2010. Forrester found that 36 percent plan to adopt Office 2013. The main reason for moving to Office 2013 is that the upgrade is included in the companies' license program. Only a third of respondents cited "compelling features and benefits" as a reason for upgrading.

Office for Mac 2011 is in 17 percent of the surveyed companies, followed by Google Docs (13 percent), Microsoft Office Web Apps (9 percent), OpenOffice (3 percent), LibreOffice (2 percent) and Corel WordPerfect Office and IBM Docs, each with 1 percent.

So, in a nutshell, when it comes to office suites at work, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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