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Author Topic: Office 365 and OneDrive Sucks - Microshaft Can Pound It With A Broken Bottle.  (Read 110 times)

ilconsiglliere

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My employer upgraded us to Win10. I am not a fan of it - its bloated and sluggish. People say its as fast as Win7 - no freakin way on the same hardware. My computer is less than a year old and I had Win7 and it ran great. Now it doesnt

But its worse than that. In my job I use MS Excel, Project and One Note A LOT. As part of the Win10 upgrade they upgraded or should I say DOWNGRADED us to Office 365 and OneDrive.

Lets start with OneDrive - your files are no longer stored on your local computer. MyDocuments is mapped to OneDrive which lives in Microsoft's Azure cloud. So your files are in the cloud. Every time you open, save or do anything with them they are pulled from the cloud. I think my employer greatly underestimated the amount fo network capacity they are going to need. Not even 1/4th of the company is on it and its DOG SLOW. Its slow to open files, slow to edit the and slow to close. On top of this there is constant flashing and refreshing of the screen. I am not sure what the hell its doing.

As for Office 365 because its attached to OneDrive ALL the apps regardless of what they are very slow to start. You can literally sit there and watch those dam dots move across the screen that Microsoft thinks is so cute. The bastardization of the interface continues. They have flattened it even further to the point that a lot of it looks like ASCII crap from the 80s. Its that bad. A lot of the icons which are supposed to the "modern desktop" have no meaning. You are supposed to guess what it means. They have also removed functionality which makes you scratch your head. Microsoft's famous usability is gone. What is particularly bad is when you go to save a file. You have to go through a bunch of menu's to just save it where you want. And than it nags you - are you sure you dont want to store the file in OneDrive. Yes, I am freaking sure.

ALL of the Office365 applications dont behave so nice when your computer is not connected to the network. OneNote in particular is very bad. It just sits there and churns if the network is not there. It really does not want you storing your OneNote files locally. EVERYTHING has to be in Microsoft's cloud.

On top of all of this Microsoft actually expects you to pay MONTHLY FOREVER. Yeah they can forget about that, it wont be happening. I am going to pay you for buggy, bloated software that doesnt work? I can just as easily use Linux. No thanks.

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And they're raising their prices for Office 365 10% next year.

On this crap they're valued at almost a trillion dollars. No way this market is a bubble, no way, Uh-huh.


ilconsiglliere

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And they're raising their prices for Office 365 10% next year.

On this crap they're valued at almost a trillion dollars. No way this market is a bubble, no way, Uh-huh.

Thats a nice price increase. I wonder what my employer is paying per seat.

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Every day I see more and more evidence to get the hell out of Windows permanently.

See it's the chicken and the egg problem.  There is not enough software in Linux because there aren't enough people in Linux. Once the latter comes, so will the former.

Actually there is already a megaton of software in Linux. Just not everything.

I am waiting for the Black Fridays event, or CyberMonday, whatever they call it, so I can buy a 2TB Samsung  SSD and then install Linux on it.

Brawndo. It's got what plants crave.

ilconsiglliere

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The major hangup for most is Office. People need and use Office for specific tasks.

An example is Excel - the financial service industry + the finance and accounting departments in pretty much all companies use this A LOT. There are tons and tons of plugins and stuff that have been built that people depend on. The same thing applies to Word and publishing.

So what do you do?

Frankly though based on what I am seeing with Office 365, Microsoft is going to make that decision for them. By that I mean Office 365 has broken a lot of these plugins and packages. So that means people need to buy new ones or wait for the vendor to update them. I have been told by more than one vendor that its going to be tough and impossible in some cases to fix it. They will need to code from scratch to accommodate the architecture changes in Office. 

So now might be the time to abandon it. I have had lots of compatibility problems with OneNote which I use every day. My previous OneNote files have not been able to be imported and it has really messed them up.

At home I barely use MS Office so I dont give a crap about it. But companies do....

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I worked a lot with Office.  Every time we had to move to a new version of Office, the financial people that had these complicated Excel spreadsheets freaked out.  None of the macros they built into those spreadsheets were compatible with newer versions of Office.  They had to redo them all.  I had to upgrade the plugins.  Big PITA.   Financial people do fancy things with Excel.

When I looked at Office 365, I just couldn't believe how stripped down it was.  It was slow as hell.  No matter what kind of network you have its never as fast as using the app locally.  I think Office 365 is ok for a casual user, but if you need any Office application for more complicated things, its going to be iffy.  We used to dump SQL and Access data into the Excel spreadsheets for some reports.  There were other less mainstream apps we did that with as well.  Macros in the spreadsheet extracted the needed data.  I wouldn't want to do any of that over a network.  Yikes.

People need those applications.  You're at their mercy, unfortunately, because there is no solid competition that competes with them. 

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Ha-Ha or rewrite them as stored procedures but that takes the power away from Excel users plus it often ties you to the database. Lastly Excel does some pretty neat things rather easily, that I'd rather not need to code.